Standalone Nunavut university is not feasible, says education minister

June 13, 2016

Nunavut cannot meet the criteria for establishing a standalone university and should instead partner with a southern university, according to Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa. The Minister’s conclusions stem from two feasibility studies, the first of which demonstrated that a Nunavut-based university would not be able to meet Universities Canada’s 500-student requirement until the year 2130. The study further found that such a university would have to charge $16.6K in annual tuition to be feasible, compared to the Canadian average of $6.1K. Quassa has recommended that the territory look to partner its Arctic College with a southern university to offer joint programs such as a Bachelor of Public Administration, Justice Studies, Inuit Studies, Tourism Management, and Social Work. CBC | Nunatsiaq