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Tuesday January 28th, 2014

Posted at 2:21pm

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The president of the University of Windsor, Alan Wildeman delivered an address on how the University plans to differentiate itself in the post-secondary education system Tuesday afternoon.

The presentation titled Making a difference when a difference matters outlined how the University will adjust under Ontario’s Strategic Mandate Agreement with careful consideration. The Mandate insists each university and college identify their key strengths and programs, their plans for the future, areas where they can make a difference, how they plan to maintain an operational budget under fiscal stability and other similar criteria. These key points will assist in differentiating each institution in the post-secondary education market.

“A new chapter in the evolution of the University system in Ontario has begun,” said Wildeman. “Every University and College will be required to have a strategic mandate agreement that defines its key strengths. What we need say in it and how we act under that agreement will have an impact on our reputation, our finances and our aspirations.”

Ten strengths of each institution are required in the mandate. The institutions program strengths making the University’s list were:

  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Community development, health and wellness
  • Business
  • Creative arts and media
  • International borders
  • Environment and ecosystem adaptation and recovery
  • Education in a global context
  • Physical and formal sciences
  • Humanities

In addition to highlighting its strengths, the University has plans for campus development, placing services closer to the needs of students and faculty.

Additional information can be found in a public draft document published by Wildeman on the University’s website.

“We have before us an opportunity to polish the silver to put a brighter shine on the value we know we possess. We have the opportunity showcase alongside our peers why the University of Windsor is great,” said Wildeman.

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