Royal Roads partner in new post-secondary alliance

March 5, 2014
Susan Down
Tags: education

The presidents of Royal Roads University, Camosun College, North Island College, the University of Victoria, and Vancouver Island University signed an agreement March 5 creating the Vancouver Island Public Post-Secondary Alliance. 

Also in attendance were Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education, and Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. At this private meeting the presidents and ministers discussed the post-secondary system on Vancouver Island, specifically recent successes, challenges, student pathways, social and economic impact, as well as government priorities for advanced education and skills training.

As signatories to this alliance, the five institutions will join forces to further the social and economic prosperity of Vancouver Island. "Royal Roads University has always placed great value on leadership, collaboration and teamwork skills; and this new alliance of post-secondary institutions applies these elements to the benefit of Vancouver Island residents," said Royal Roads President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Allan Cahoon. "Our shared goal is to enhance through education the social and economic opportunities in our communities."

Together the five institutions, with close to 34,000 students enrolled, make an essential contribution to the lives of Vancouver Island residents and an economic impact of close to $5 billion a year.  Plans include improving students' ability to seamlessly move between institutions, meeting the educational and regional employment and training needs, stimulating job creation and investment, and increasing the participation and success of aboriginal learners.