University of Regina strengthens community connection with the Town of Nipawin and Cumberland College

News Release Release Date: September 14, 2015 11:00 a.m.

The University of Regina and Cumberland College will work closely together to offer more opportunities for post-secondary education and research in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, and surrounding area.

University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nipawin Mayor His Worship David Trann and the President and CEO of Cumberland College, Dr. Tom Weegar, at a ceremony Monday in Nipawin.

“This agreement means we will work with our partners to expand post-secondary education and research opportunities in Nipawin and the surrounding region,” said President Timmons. “I’m proud to build on our strong connections with the Town of Nipawin and Cumberland College to better serve our students and enhance our commitment to Saskatchewan’s communities.”

This MOU builds on a strong partnership between the University and Cumberland College. The College currently offers a number of undergraduate courses, including the University of Regina’s Bachelor of Education program, classes in arts, science, social work, and professional certificates.  

 The MOU also provides opportunities for more co-operative education placements in Nipawin, a community of 4,300 residents. Additionally, it outlines the potential for partnerships in applied research in such areas as shale oil clean energy and business.

“We have an incredibly positive relationship of working with the University of Regina,” said Dr. Weegar. “This Memorandum of Understanding will allow us to build upon this relationship and together allow us to better serve our communities.”

“Nipawin is regional centre for trade, health care and education serving approximately 35,000 people who live in the surrounding smaller communities, farms and First Nations communities. To have a College that can deliver University courses in Nipawin helps to sustain and grow our population and regional economy by providing affordable opportunities to study and work at home, which has proven to lead to greater success to develop our own skilled professional workforce,” adds the Mayor of Nipawin.


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