Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon, Brandon University, and Assiniboine Community College have formalized their existing spirit of collaboration and have charted a course for strong partnerships in research and innovation with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the three parties today at Brandon City Hall.
Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest was joined by Brandon University Interim President Steve Robinson and Assiniboine Community College President Mark Frison in signing the MOU, which places importance on collaborating on research and educational projects of mutual benefit. The three institutions have committed to regularly discuss challenges and opportunities within the City of Brandon, which may be addressed through applied research and educational projects.
“Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College are extremely important assets in Brandon, as they support both the economic and the community growth within the municipality and across the western Manitoba region,” noted Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest. “Therefore, the City of Brandon has an interest in creating local opportunities for students to put into practice the skills and innovation being taught at Brandon University and at Assiniboine Community College, and also provide pathways for graduates to stay and work in the community following their studies.”
This new MOU builds on the existing MOU that Brandon University and Assiniboine Community College signed in 2014, which has deepened collaboration between the institutions and has led to new projects including a joint ‘Welcome Students’ campaign each fall and a new joint program in Public History, unveiled this month.
“Collaboration is truly at the heart of what academics do, and there are many exciting opportunities for Brandon University students, faculty, and staff to contribute in new ways to enhance our community,” said Brandon University Interim President Steve Robinson. “Signing this Memorandum of Understanding allows us to further develop the many ongoing partnerships that we are already eagerly pursuing.”
“We look forward to building on the existing relationships our college has developed with both Brandon University and the City of Brandon to provide applied research projects and activities for our students,” added Assiniboine Community College President Mark Frison. “Collaborative projects that stem from this new initiative will provide benefits to both Assiniboine Community College and Brandon University, particularly for students who will have new opportunities for hands-on experience with real-world impact.”
Under the new MOU, the three institutions will each name a representative who will collectively identify the most fruitful avenues for new research, drawing on the combined needs and strengths of the City of Brandon, of Brandon University, and of Assiniboine Community College