Winnipeg, MB – Red River College and The University of Winnipeg are joining forces to further the goal of downtown renewal and to provide more advanced educational, training options for Manitoba students.
A memorandum of understanding was signed today transfering the lease for the historic Massey Building on William Avenue from UWinnipeg to RRC. The building currently houses UWinnipeg’s Division of Continuing Education and English Language programs, which will relocate to the University’s main campus in the coming months.
“This agreement allows the University to focus attention on its growing Portage Avenue campus, while RRC will expand its footprint in the Exchange District,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President of Red River College. “Moving into the Massey Building will build on the momentum we’ve created in the area with our Princess Street facility and plans for a new culinary arts centre and student residence at the nearby Union Bank Tower.”
More Joint Programs
A separate articulation agreement outlines areas of study where the two institutions plan to work together to develop new joint diploma-degree programs starting with Geographic Information Systems, while discussions are underway to develop Aviation Management and Disability Studies programs in the near future. These specialties will complement 11 existing joint programs offered by RRC/UWinnipeg.
“The partnership that exists between The University of Winnipeg and Red River College allows students flexible and relevant options as they move between diploma and degree programs,” said Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg. “Strengthening our joint program partnership is also good for our community, because it means more managers, biotechnologists, Aboriginal language specialists and vocational educators will graduate into meaningful careers in the months and years ahead.”
A website devoted to information about the joint programs is currently in development.
In addition to these formal agreements, the two institutions have made a general commitment to work more closely on program and facility development in the future, to ensure the continued efficient use of infrastructure and financial resources. Background on Joint Programs here >
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Colin Fast, Communications Coordinator
Red River College of Applied Arts, Science & Technology
P: 204.632.2581 C: 204.803.6406
Diane Poulin, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg
P: 204.988.7135, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured above: Lloyd Axworthy, President UWinnipeg and Jeff Zabudsky, President Red River College sign two agreements at the Massey Building in the Exchange District, November 25, 2008.