Nipissing SMA highlights institution’s critical social, economic role in Northern Ontario

August 20, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) between Nipissing University and Ontario emphasizes Nipissing’s critical role in the economic, social, and cultural development of northern Ontario as well as its support for building and strengthening relationships with First Nations and Aboriginal communities through the Schulich School of Education. The SMA emphasizes that Nipissing is one of the largest employers in the North Bay region and that it works closely with the city and other local municipalities on matters including environmental and fishing issues. Nipissing also supports the local economy though its Biomass Innovation Centre project and its many professional programs. The SMA highlights the many ways in which Nipissing promotes education access in non-urban communities, especially for Aboriginal and first-generation learners. Education, mathematics, environmental science, and history are identified in the SMA as areas of research strength, while inter-professional health education, education, social justice, administration/management, and science and technology are identified as proposed areas of program growth. Nipissing SMA