June 26, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Institutes of applied learning and training (IALTs) will be established in Saint John and northern New Brunswick as part of Be Inspired. Be Ready. Be Better. The Action Plan to Transform Post-Secondary Education in New Brunswick. Premier Shawn Graham and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Ed Doherty made the announcement today.
"The Working Group on Post-Secondary Education endorsed the establishment of mechanisms for collaboration and program development to develop applied learning programs," Graham said. "We support their recommendation for IALTs, which are not designed to replace our universities and community colleges, but rather to complement them and build on their existing strengths. The true spirit of collaboration is evident in this concept, and it is critical if we are to achieve self-sufficiency."
The institutes will be designed to make use of the existing infrastructure of New Brunswick's universities and colleges so that the post-secondary system can make the best use of these facilities, as well as those within the individual IALT community. These other facilities could include hospitals, factories and other private sector environments. The IALTs will involve a formal partnership between universities, community colleges and the community.
Applied learning and degrees refer to advanced study in a particular career or technical field. For this purpose, the primary activities of the institutes would include assessing local needs, liaising with the community, and developing and delivering programs when needs are identified.
"The delivery of applied programs is the main purpose of the IALTs, which will help our universities and community colleges become more responsive to the training needs of a region or community," Doherty said. "This is an exciting concept that will provide new opportunities for students who want to be trained here. It also fits our need for a more collaborative, responsive, post-secondary education system."
The plan calls for an anglophone institute to be established in Saint John, in partnership with the Saint John and St. Andrews campuses of the New Brunswick Community College, and the Saint John Campus of the University of New Brunswick. A francophone institute in northern New Brunswick will be in partnership with the Université de Moncton and the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick.
The institutes will be incorporated entities owned jointly by the respective college and university, and governed by an independent board representing the college, university and local community.
The action plan also includes the establishment of two consortia of applied learning and training (CALT): one in Moncton and the other in central New Brunswick. The CALT is similar to an institute of applied learning in that it involves a collaborative mechanism among universities, community colleges, and the community to realize greater co-operation and partnership in the development and delivery of applied and articulated programs. They are not co-owned by universities and community colleges.
The work to establish the institutes and consortia will begin this year.
"We are again making it clear that the Government of New Brunswick supports the valuable and continued role of the University of New Brunswick - Saint John campus and the Université de Moncton campuses in Edmundston and Shippagan in the context of a more collaborative and cohesive system," Graham said.
The plan also includes a strategy to offer first- and second-year university courses in communities without a university, that are served by a community college campus.
"By taking advantage of technology and the facilities we have here in this province, more students in New Brunswick can be trained in their home community," Doherty said. "This can potentially reduce the investment they need to make in reaching their post-secondary goals."
The government's plan to transform post-secondary education is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Elaine Bell, communications, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-2568.