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Grenfell achieves first environmental policy master’s program in Canada

By Pamela Gill

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, will be busy recruiting students for its first graduate program over the next few months.

Memorial’s Senate recently approved the master of arts in environmental policy. It is the first master’s program in environmental policy in Canada.

“The program will give Grenfell a strategic recruitment and research advantage,” said Dr. Holly Pike, acting vice-president (Grenfell Campus). “It will contribute to student recruitment and retention by building on Grenfell’s strengths as a centre for environmental research and education in Atlantic Canada, and provide a pool of graduate research assistants for faculty research projects.

“There is a growing need for this capacity as Grenfell faculty members increasingly develop their research agendas.”

The program addresses the need for increased environmental policy capacity provincially, regionally and nationally and will enhance experiential learning opportunities for students through an internship component.

“There is a strong demand for the program, a point repeatedly stressed in consultations conducted across the province and country with representatives from the government and non-governmental community,” said Dr. Mario Levesque, co-facilitator of the Environmental Policy Institute and one of the developers of the program. “There was specific support for a graduate internship as part of the program. Several government officials indicated that they would be willing to take on one or more interns to conduct research within their departments.”

The master of arts in environmental policy will have its first full class of students in fall 2012. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Levesque at mlevesque@swgc.mun.ca or (709) 637-6200, ext. 6415.

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