2010 Archive

December, 2010 - Paving the Way by Fred Sgambati, which appeared in Progress Magazine, Vol. 17, NO. 07 2010. This is an interesting article highlighting research & commercialization initiatives in Atlantic universities. Read more...

November, 2010 - University leaders and their institutions make a commitment to address climate change.
Click here to learn more about the commitment of university Presidents and environmental, climate change and 'greening' initiatives underway at their respective institutions.

November, 2010 - The AAU recently completed an update (Summary of the Current View 2006- 2008) of the the economic impact of its member universities across the region.
Click here to access the Highlights report.

November 5, 2010 - Springboard Atlantic release Springboard Success Stories Set 1 to "highlight seven success stories that best represent the work of the member institution within the Springboard network."

November, 2010 - Investing in Universities Key For Our Future , by Peter Halpin

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - HALIFAX, NS - The Final Report of the Atlantic Leaders' Summit was released today. To read the final report, click here...

Monday, November 8, 2010 - HALIFAX, NS – Atlantic Canada’s universities are a $2 billion industry according to a study released today by the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU).

The study is now accessible at: www.atlanticuniversities.ca/economic.

November 2, 2010 - HALIFAX, NS. -- In an effort to provide students, their parents and other interested parties with more accessible information about university operations and outcomes, members of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) have completed their first-ever collaboration on publishing a common set of measures.

The Atlantic Common University Data Set (Common Data Set) is an initiative intended to provide an online tool for students, parents and the public that complements the extensive information which universities already make available through other published surveys as well as their own websites.

The AAU will host links to the Common Data Set for all participating institutions on its website click here...

This online tool allows users to access and compare data based on common definitions and displayed in a similar format. Most of the data (admissions, enrolment, library collections, research, student life and experience, faculty, class sizes, operational revenues and expenses) refers to the 2009-10 academic year. Information about student tuition and fees is provided for the current academic year, 2010-2011.

Dr. Robert Campbell, President, Mount Allison University and Chair, AAU, said, “The Common Data Set initiative demonstrates the importance our institutions place on being absolutely transparent and accountable to students and their parents as well as another example of the strong commitment our universities make toward greater collaboration and cooperation.”

Over the next year, institutional researchers in AAU member universities will work together to ensure that the measures and definitions used in the Common Data Set meets the needs of users.

The AAU represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation and in contributing to the economic prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.

October 26, 2010 - Dr. Tom Traves, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie Uiversity, was honoured by the Board of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Tuesday, October 26, in Ottawa.

Michel Belley, Recteur, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, and Chair, AUCC Board of Directors, also commented that, "Tom was first elected to the Board by the membership in 1998. After serving two years as Director from Atlantic Canada, he served another two as ex officio Director when he became Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities in 2000. In October 2006, he was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board, and after completing his two-year term at the helm of the Board, he is today completing his term as Past Chair. Tom has been an invaluable contributor to the Board's deliberations throughout these eight years and a friend and colleague to many around this table. He has negotiated through difficult and sometimes turbulent waters with skill and grace. However, this is not yet a farewell...it is a heartfelt thank you for being an outstanding member of AUCC's Board of Directors."

October 15, 2010 - Halifax, NS. – Enrolments have increased in all key categories at Atlantic Canada’s universities for the second straight year. The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) today released its 2010-2011 Preliminary Survey of Enrolments (Click Here...).

The region’s universities experienced a 2.2 percent (year-over-year) increase in full-time undergraduate enrolment. In addition, universities increased enrolments of full-time graduate students (+5.4%) for the second straight year; a continuing significant increase in international students (+15.2%) and a notable increase in first-year students (+2.3%).

AAU ENROLMENT DATA HIGHLIGHTS
2010-2011

Full-time Undergraduate – 66,775
Full-time Graduate – 7,587
International – 8,508
First-Year – 13,997

Dr. Robert Campbell, President, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and Chair, AAU, said the AAU’s positive enrolment trends are attributable to three factors.

“Our universities have been successful in their increasing efforts to market themselves regionally, nationally and internationally. Research indicates that our universities are increasingly seen as a destination place by parents and students because of the close connection between learning, community and history associated with our institutions being located in many of Canada’s oldest cities and towns.”

He also noted that, “students and their families recognize that the high paying jobs of the rapidly emerging knowledge economy require a Bachelors degree, at a minimum, and in many cases a post-graduate degree.”

Because of challenging regional demographic trends, Dr. Campbell also said that, “our universities must continue to work hard at being nationally and internationally competitive, by doing so we provide outstanding learning environments for our students and a prosperous economic future for Atlantic Canada and its communities.”

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation, and in contributing to the economic prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Peter Halpin, Executive Director, AAU
(902) 425-4238 or (902) 497-4419
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca

October 6, 2010 - The AAU held the 2010 Atlantic Leaders' Summit, a discussion about 'The Regional Energy Marketplace' at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Roger Gale, President and CEO, GF Energy LLC , Keynote speaker, presented Atlantic Energy Strategy and Futures . For a full copy of his presentation, click here...

October 1, 2010 - The AAU announces a new Chair

HALIFAX, NS – Dr. Robert Campbell, President and Vice-chancellor, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, has been appointed Chair, Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU).

The AAU is an advocacy organization working on behalf of the Presidents’ of the region’s 17 universities.

Dr. Campbell will lead the AAU over the next two years. He was appointed by his colleagues during their annual fall meeting, September 29, Fredericton, NB.

Following his appointment, Dr. Campbell said that advocating that the region’s university system is well-financed remains a paramount objective of the AAU.

He said, “We must continue to work hard at ensuring our universities are nationally competitive, offering academic programs of the highest quality and a student experience second to none across the country.”

Dr. Campbell also commented that, “the AAU Council of Presidents is focused on fostering opportunities for greater collaboration and cooperation among our member universities and with other key contributors to Atlantic Canada’s successful growth, economically, socially and culturally.”

The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation, and in contributing to the economic prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.

September 3, 2010 - The AAU announces the winners of the 2010 AAU Teaching Awards more...

May 13, 2010 - AAU Chair Named to Hall of Fame
Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President, Saint Mary's University and Chair, Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), has once again been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada's top CEOs. Read more...

April 21, 2010 - Article submission to Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Click here

April 16, 2010 - Nova Scotia Celebrates Canada's Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Seen here (from left to right): Dr. J. Colin Dodds, President, Saint Mary's University; The Honourable Denise Peterson-Rafuse, Minister, Community Services and Seniors; Ms. Joan Levack, Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities; Mr. Steven Estey, Council of Canadians with Disabilities; The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister, National Defence and Dr. Alexa McDonough, Interim President, Mount Saint Vincent University.

March 30, 2010 - Progress Magazine, Volume 17, no.1; Jim Meek, Clique busters

Halifax, NS - AAU Presidents participated in a gathering of the Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada, Shaping an Agenda for Atlantic Canada, organized by the Royal Society of Canada, at Saint Mary's University, March 26 and March 27.

Seen here (left to right) are: Wade MacLauchlan, President, University of Prince Edward Island; Alexa McDonough, Interim President, Mount Saint Vincent University; Colin Dodds, President, Saint Mary's University; Sean Riley, President, St. Francis Xavier University and Ray Ivany, President, Acadia University.

The Association of Atlantic Universities launches the AAU's Public Policy Paper Series. Click here for more information.

February 22, 2010 - Presentation: The future educational and occupational skills sets required for the Atlantic economy of the future

February 22, 2010 - Ignatieff calls for learning strategy more...