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November 18, 2005

Source: University of Northern British Columbia:

Prince George Residents Asked to Provide Input on Academic Programming

The University of Northern British Columbia will be holding a public session in Prince George later this month on UNBC’s academic programming and priorities for the future. The event is being co-presented with Initiatives Prince George.

The Academic Visioning Initiative is being led by the University’s Vice President Academic and Provost, Dr. Howard Brunt. "The purpose is to take stock of where we are, and – more importantly – identify where we’re headed in terms of our academic mission," says Dr. Brunt. "Since UNBC first began offering courses in the early 1990s, we have expanded to the point where we now offer about 60 degrees. What should be our priorities for the future? What can we do really well that will be useful to northern communities and make us a centre of excellence in the country? I’d like to hear how residents of Prince George might answer these questions and I’m grateful to Initiatives Prince George for helping us."

Public Academic Visioning Session:
Tuesday, November 29, 7pm, Ramada Hotel Cranbrook South Room

The event will include a presentation by Dr. Brunt, who will speak about the development of academic themes and the consultation that occurred to date throughout northern BC.

Post-secondary education is a major contributor to Prince George’s economy and its future prospects for growth and diversification. A recent economic impact assessment, for example, indicated that the annual economic impact of the University and College is more than $700 million. While the provincial post-secondary landscape is becoming more competitive, UNBC is regularly rated the best small university in western Canada and it scored its best-ever ranking this year in the annual Maclean’s magazine ranking of Canadian universities.

Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC - 250.960.5622



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