CONSUP Appoints a New Chair

July 15, 2016

HALIFAX, NS – Professor Dianne Taylor-Gearing, President, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS, has been appointed Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP).

Prof. Taylor-Gearing follows Allister Surette, Recteur, Université Sainte-Anne, Church Point, NS, who completed his two-year term as CONSUP Chair, June 30, 2016.

CONSUP is an advocacy organization representing Nova Scotia’s ten universities across the province.

Prof. Taylor-Gearing said that she and her colleagues are fully-committed to fulfilling the objectives of the One Nova Scotia Report which declared that “universities represent one of Nova Scotia’s greatest comparative advantages.”

“In partnership with the Nova Scotia Government, we intend to maintain the province’s position as Canada’s leading higher education destination (participation rate of 41%) as well as adding to Nova Scotia’s reputation among international students as a great place to learn and live.”

She added that, “86% of our graduates indicated their satisfaction with the quality of their education and 73% would recommend Nova Scotia as a place to learn, live and work[1].”

“Helping the province meet the objectives of its population growth strategy through attraction and retention of students; enhancing experiential learning opportunities through student co-op and internship programs; promoting entrepreneurism; leading R&D and commercialization of university research and ensuring Nova Scotia’s university sector maintains its high quality, accessibility and sustainability, are all important objectives for CONSUP now and into the future.”

Prof. Taylor-Gearing also noted that, “the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between our universities and the Nova Scotia Government, provides financial stability for our institutions.  The MOU’s focus on the needs and success of our students is an important aspect of our partnership.”

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For further information, contact:
Peter Halpin, Executive Director, CONSUP
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca
(902) 425-4238/497-4419

[1] AAU 2016 Graduate Retention Study, Corporate Research Associates, April, 2016