AAU'S Public Policy Paper Series

Immigration and Universities in Atlantic Canada (2): Now, the Stakes are Higher

No. 2014 - 01

All four Atlantic Provinces promote immigration as an economic tool and a demographic fix for the region’s aging and declining population, but the region continues to struggle in its bid to attract and retain immigrants. The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) addressed this issue in a public policy paper released last year - Immigration and Universities in Atlantic Canada: A Marriage Made in Heaven.[i]

Universities and Mental Health Services: Building Strategic Partnerships

No. 2013 - 04

Canada’s East Coast universities continue to build strategic community partnerships to deliver improved mental health services to students. The importance of this initiative was clear to attendees at the 2nd regional conference on student mental health services (Making the Connection: Improving university student mental health services through collaboration, cooperation and partnership[i]). Many of the 125 or so delegates to the Oct. 30 conference at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), organized by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) in collaboration with event sponsor Medavie Health Foundation[ii], work on the front lines of student health services at the region’s universities. So they know first-hand that they must answer the call to action issued at Developing a University Team Approach to Student Mental Health Care, the inaugural student mental health conference held at Mount Allison University in the autumn of 2012.

Universities in Atlantic Canada: Community Engagement and the Public Good

No. 2013 - 03

If you want to take a quick measure of the contribution of university leaders in Atlantic Canada, just pick up the morning newspaper. You’ll quickly discover that our universities play key roles in public policy development, economic growth strategy, health care delivery and medical research, and understanding the interaction of resource development and the environment.

Immigration and Universities in Atlantic Canada: A Marriage Made in Heaven

No. 2013 - 02

Canada’s labour market may not be showing much demand for bakers or tailors or candlestick makers, according to the CIBC report The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market.[i] But market demand remains strong for university graduates.

The Role of Universities: First and Foremost, It’s About Education

No. 2013-01

Atlantic Canadians increasingly understand the vital role that their universities play in the progress of the region. They stimulate growth; incubate new businesses; attract talented new immigrants; and promote good citizenship. It must also be understood, as governments and businesses look to universities to foster social and economic growth, that our universities can only do this by achieving excellence in their primary mission – the education of Atlantic Canada’s future leaders.