The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland has signed a unique articulation agreement with the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
The University of Ulster has agreed to grant advanced standing in their masters of science in coastal zone management program for graduates of MIs advanced diploma in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM). Admission to the M.Sc. in coastal zone management will be competitive as the University of Ulster will only accept five MI graduates per year.
Graduates of MIs one-year advanced diploma in ICOM are now credited with two years of study in Ulsters three-year M.Sc. coastal zone management program. This agreement offers many benefits to Marine Institute graduates, including the opportunity to complete a respected three-year M.Sc. program with just one additional year of study. As well, the M.Sc. program is delivered completely online, allowing ICOM graduates to complete the program from home or their workplace.
It represents a great professional career development opportunity for our graduates, said Carey Bonnell, head, School of Fisheries, Marine Institute. The fact a respected international post-secondary institution such as the University of Ulster considers this one-year advanced diploma program equal to the first two years of their M.Sc. coastal zone management program is very gratifying. It speaks to the quality and outstanding reputation of the ICOM program and the Marine Institute.
Glenn Blackwood, executive director, MI, spoke highly of the University of Ulster and added the recently signed articulation agreement offers advantages to both institutions.
Our ICOM graduates have an opportunity to complete a M.Sc. program with one additional year of study while the University of Ulster gains international students who are well taught and well prepared for the challenges of the M.Sc. coastal zone management program, Mr. Blackwood said. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate, network and partner with the University of Ulster, an institution that is similar to MI in a number of ways, including its desire to work closely with international partners.
Professor Andrew Cooper, course director at the University of Ulster, is enthusiastic about having Marine Institute students enrolled in the program.
Our masters course has attracted students from around the world for more than 10 years. I look forward to the opportunities provided by this agreement to work with more students from Newfoundland and Labrador. It is a great two-way learning experience for staff and students alike, said Prof. Cooper.
The Marine Institutes ICOM program focuses on the bio-ecological, socio-economic, cultural and technological elements of integrated coastal zone development and ocean management. Students gain an integrated view of the issues and explore alternative solutions to conflicts that may arise from multiple uses of coastal zones. Graduates typically find themselves in careers related to the planning and management of coastal and ocean activities or coastal zone development.
The agreement between the Marine Institute and the University of Ulster came into effect this summer and will continue until May, 2015, when it will be reviewed by both institutions. The application process is open to all ICOM graduates, with final decision on the acceptance of each application resting with the University of Ulster.
Beverly Fleet, curriculum development specialist, MI, and Keith Mercer, chair, advanced diploma in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management, MI, will facilitate the Marine Institutes responsibilities of the agreement with the University of Ulster.
Mr. Blackwood attended a signing ceremony at the University of Ulster on Oct. 5, 2010.