Leveraging the university

This is interesting.

Memorial University’s Harris Centre’s aim is to help the community at large tap into the resources of Memorial University, including the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus in Corner Brook, in order to help develop the economy and raise the quality of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. Memorial University has an ample resource base to be drawn from, including more than 900 faculty and around 2,400 graduate students.

I don’t know how ‘real’ this is but it certainly sounds interesting. Is UNB doing anything even remotely similar? How about UdeM? You get some scathing critiques of the lack of economic development or nasty remarks from profs about those cheap call centre jobs but I can’t seem to remember much else. I guess there is that NextNB thing. Is that still around? But I don’t recall that group having a mandate to look at what to do with the 76% of municipalities in New Brunswick with declining populations.

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0 Responses to Leveraging the university

  1. Anonymous says:

    The University is supposed to teach and provide the jobs? Talk about socialism.

    Let`s get real here – the rulers of our little piece of the world want cashiers and pump jockeys – until we see our way past the myth of freedom in our marketplace, where entitlement and monopoly reign supreme, enterprising souls will seek their fortunes elsewhere.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Furniture maker Shermag Inc. announced Monday it will close four of its eight plants, throwing 320 workers in Quebec and New Brunswick out of a job.

    mmmeeerrrrryyyyyyyyy xxmmass

  3. richard says:

    Yes, I get the distinct impression that UNB is populated by smug, mediocre, little people more excited by helping Bhutan than Plaster Rock.

    UNB like most Cdn universities has never had a mission of outreach; a significant contrast to the US land-grant colleges, a number of which are now research powerhouses. Which approach do you think would be more likely to be successful at tech transfer?

    Would UNB jump at the chance to work to help attract a financial data centre or IT outfit? Or would most of the staff there just shrug and turn back to their tea and crumpets?

    Given the SJ/UNBSJ/polytech issue, Shawn Graham has a chance to shake things up in the uni sector. Does he have the balls to do it?