Assiniboine Community College president Mark Frison addresses the crowd at the North Hill campus before signing a memorandum of understanding with Brandon University on Wednesday, as Education Minister James Allum (from left), BU president Gervan Fearon, Brandon East NDP MLA Drew Caldwell and Premier Greg Selinger look on. (JILLIAN AUSTIN/BRANDON SUN)
Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College renewed a collaborative agreement that will allow for greater student mobility between the two institutions.
BU president Gervan Fearon and ACC president Mark Frison signed the memorandum of understanding at ACC’s North Hill campus on Wednesday morning.
"There is a lot of students that look towards being able to come to ACC and then move on to BU, or to start at BU and to move to ACC," Fearon said. "This gives us an opportunity to co-ordinate, to collaborate on bringing great programs to our students."
Frison said there are plans for joint marketing and recruitment between the schools.
"On the marketing side, I think … we have to work with the city and the province to look at how can you put together something that positions Brandon as a post-secondary destination," he said.
The MOU builds upon a landmark 2009 partnership between BU and ACC.
Also in attendance yesterday were Premier Greg Selinger and Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum.
By signing the agreement, both institutions agree to pursue academic program and joint research initiatives, post-secondary education accessibility, student housing and facilities planning, joint community engagement initiatives and academic program outreach and recruitment.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 21, 2014