SASK Alliance seeks to raise the profile of Saskatchewan’s academic institutions internationally

By Everett Dorma Posted: June 14, 2017 12:30 p.m.

(L-R) Dr. Peter Stoicheff, President and Vice-Chancellor, U of S, Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, U of R and Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO, Sask Polytech at the SASK Alliance signing.
(L-R) Dr. Peter Stoicheff, President and Vice-Chancellor, U of S, Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor, U of R and Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO, Sask Polytech at the SASK Alliance signing. U of R Photography

The University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have signed a memorandum of understanding to create SASK Alliance, an initiative to collaborate on the internationalization of higher education within the province.

“This agreement recognizes the mutual interests our institutions have in supporting the internationalization of higher education in the province,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons.

The Alliance will work to:
•    enhance recognition of Saskatchewan as a high quality education destination for international students;
•    create a recognizable Saskatchewan education brand;
•    increase awareness of Saskatchewan post-secondary programs;
•    highlight the research, scholarly and artistic work of Saskatchewan institutions; and
•    establish and foster relations and partnerships with governments, institutions, and funding agencies abroad.

Engaging in activities such as joint marketing efforts for recruitment, student mobility, and research and development will expand the reach of each organization and create efficiencies.

Membership in the Alliance may be open to any secondary or post-secondary institution in Saskatchewan that is interested in cooperating in areas related to the Alliance.

“International students and scholars bring diversity and expose our students to broader ways of understanding issues locally and globally, something all higher education institutions should strive to achieve,” says Timmons.

The signing ceremony was held during the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration's (CONAHEC) 18th North American Higher Education Conference: Purposeful Internationalization hosted by the University of Regina with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Saskatchewan.