UCN Celebrates 15 Years of Excellence and Service to Northern Manitoba
July 1, 2019
University College of the North (UCN) is 15 years old! Established on a strong foundation provided by the former Keewatin Community College, UCN began operations on July 1, 2004, delivering both college and university programming and governed by northern peoples. UCN is unique in that it includes a mix of the expected features of a post-secondary institution such as the Learning Council, the body that governs academic matters at UCN, and a strong Council of Elders that provides advice to the Governing Council on delivering educational excellence in northern Manitoba.
“In terms of its commitment to serving Indigenous and northern Manitobans, UCN has exceeded all expectations,” said Cam Mateika, the Chairperson of UCN’s Governing Council. “In its 15th year, UCN is delivering certificate, diploma and degree programs to more northerners than ever before and has engaged in meaningful partnerships throughout the north. I’m very proud of the work that we are doing to provide training and education opportunities for northern Manitobans.”
UCN has made great strides over the past 15 years. In the 2018/19 academic year, UCN offered 46 certificate, diploma and degree programs in Thompson, The Pas, and in more than 20 other northern communities, including 13 communities where UCN has a physical presence through either a Post-Secondary Access Centre, Training Centre, or a Workforce Development Centre. This is compared to 11 Regional Centres that were in operation in 2004/05, when there were just 29 programs available at UCN during its first year of operation. Additionally, in 2018/19, UCN achieved the highest enrolment levels in its history – more than 3,100 students.
“I can think of no better way to celebrate our 15th anniversary than finishing the 2018/19 academic year with the highest enrolment achieved since UCN was founded,” said Doug Lauvstad, UCN’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “UCN’s commitment to education close to home is stronger than ever, and I commend the dedication of our recruiters, faculty and staff members who have worked tirelessly to ensure that more northerners than ever are benefiting from the high quality education offered by UCN, regardless of where they live. After 15 years of service, UCN is well positioned to play a leadership role in strengthening the cultural, social, and economic vibrancy in northern Manitoba.”
UCN announced its new Strategic Plan in April 2019. UCN’s new vision statement is “Guided by the Seven Sacred Teachings, UCN is building better futures for a stronger North,” with a mission to serve “northern communities and people with education, training, teaching, learning, and research, while being inclusive and respectful of diverse Indigenous and northern values.” UCN has established four strategic directions that further defines its vision and mission: (1) support student success; (2) advance an agenda of reconciliation; (3) engage with communities and with industries; and (4) ensure responsible administration. Our new strategic plan ensures that UCN is ready for its next 15 years!
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