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Royal Roads University and City of Langford formalize partnership to explore opportunities

January 23, 2018
City of Langford Mayor Stew Young signs the MOU

Royal Roads University and the City of Langford have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities that promote economic prosperity, sustainability and growth through education that address the needs of a growing West Shore.

City of Langford Mayor Stew Young says the memorandum of understanding is a critical step to bringing more education options to Langford and the West Shore. “I’ve long advocated for increased post-secondary education opportunities in Langford,” said Mayor Young. “As Langford and the West Shore continues to grow, this partnership with Royal Roads University is a step in that direction.”

Royal Roads President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Cahoon says the MOU acknowledges the longstanding relationship between the university and the City of Langford. “Part of the university’s mandate, specifically mentioned in the Royal Roads University Act, is to address the educational needs of our local communities,” says Cahoon. “As the only public post-secondary institution located in the West Shore, Royal Roads is committed to work with Langford along with other West Shore communities to support their development and growth needs.”

The memorandum of understanding identifies several areas of collaboration and exploration, including:

  • Applied research and community-focused education
  • Educational services that support the needs of the growing West Shore
  • Meeting the educational needs of local Indigenous communities and international students
  • Partnerships on work integrated learning opportunities for students
  • Opportunities in the sustainability and technology sectors
  • Community development initiatives

The five-year MOU sets the foundation for future cooperation and collaboration between Royal Roads University and City of Langford.

Royal Roads University, a public university established in 1995, delivers a progressive model of post-secondary education and research, in applied and professional programs. The university offers its students a blended learning experience combining online and on-campus instruction, as well as full time intensive on-campus instruction in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, certificates and diplomas. It also offers professional, custom and continuing studies programs.

Currently with 40,000 residents, the City of Langford is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. Since its inception 25 years ago, Langford has been able to grow and thrive because of successful partnerships with businesses and other organizations. The City of Langford offers businesses and other organizations an open for business and solutions-oriented mindset where red tape is minimized. Residents enjoy low taxes, housing options for all income classes, a community that is both safe and family oriented, world class recreational opportunities, and a number of top-rated schools.