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Vol 38  No 6
November 24, 2005


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In Brief

Honours for Lifelong Learning

The Division of Lifelong Learning has been honoured for excellence in the Best Marketing category by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association in lifelong learning.

The division’s winning entry, its Summer Youth Program poster, was included in a showcase of internationally exemplary programs at the LERN Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nov. 17-19. The winning entry was designed by the Division of Lifelong Learning’s marketing specialist, Patrick Tyler.

Judges indicated there was a very high level of excellence in this year’s field of nominees. Julie Coates, vice-president of information services for LERN, said this year’s award nominees were among the highest quality ever submitted.

In selecting entries to be recognized for excellence, Ms Coates said the primary criterion judges use is the quality of being at the leading edge of the field of lifelong learning as evidenced by their nomination. In addition, judges also apply the following criteria: originality, innovation, appropriateness as a model for other programs, replicability and measurable outcomes.

The Lifelong Learning nomination was selected from a field of almost 100 nominations from four countries.

NSERC active in Atlantic Canada

It has only been a year, but the Atlantic Regional Office (ARO) of Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC) is already making a difference in the region, said Dr. Yves Gagnon, visiting executive in charge of the office, located in Moncton, N.B. In the first year, 1,493 people attended presentations given by the ARO, 1,430 people attended events where the ARO had a kiosk and 77 visits were made to 14 universities and three community colleges in Atlantic Canada.

“We’ve had many accomplishments in our first year, for example, we’ve organized nine workshops to promote researcher-industry partnerships and people are recognizing the NSERC name and logo across the region,” said Dr. Gagnon.

NSERC supports both basic university research and research partnerships among post-secondary institutions, government and the private sector, as well as scholarships for university students studying science or engineering.

Officially opened in October 2004, the office provides a closer link with people throughout Atlantic Canada.

Historic collaboration of key national stakeholders

Memorial will be represented by President Axel Meisen at the National Dialogue on Higher Education, a gathering of researchers, policymakers, educators and opinion leaders that will be held Nov. 27-29 at the Congress Centre in Ottawa.

“This pan-Canadian conference will place higher education more firmly on the public agenda,” said Donald Fisher, president of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. “The list of contributing organizations is a testament to the importance of the issue and the imperative to discuss it publicly in such a forum.”

The federation’s partners in the dialogue include: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada;

Association of Community Colleges of Canada; Canadian Association of University Teachers; Canadian Federation of Students; Canadian Alliance of Student Associations; and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, to name a few.

The dialogue will feature the latest Canadian and international research, new Statistics Canada data and the contributions of prominent scholars, federal and provincial deputy ministers, university and college presidents, and opinion leaders from business, labour, media and politics as speakers over the two days and evenings of the event.

Dr. Meisen will participate in a panel discussion titled Talent, Ideas and Innovation: The Role of Post-secondary Education in the Economy. Chaired by Memorial honorary graduate Dr. Arthur Carty, the National Science Advisor, the panel includes Robert Crow, vice-president, Industry, Government and University Relations, Research in Motion; Don Drummond, chief economist, TD Bank Financial Group; Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress and David Wolfe, professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Meisen is also chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities.

For more, see www.visionedu.ca.

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