uOttawa launches Institute in Security and Policy; Students Federation “surprised” by announcement

September 15, 2014

The University of Ottawa has announced the creation of the Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development, which it describes in a news release as “a powerhouse of information on security matters.” The program will offer an independent forum dedicated to the discussion of security issues with an eye toward policy and strategic planning. “The Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development is not a research centre or a think tank,” said the uOttawa new release; “rather, it aggregates and synthesizes existing and new knowledge on various security topics and transfers this knowledge to select audiences through intensive short courses that are designed to help with practical decision making.” However, some students at the university say the announcement caught them by surprise. Anaïs Elboudjaini, a graduate student representative on the university’s board of governors, said “as an elected representative of the university’s highest governing body, I was shocked to learn of a new institute being launched without any consultation or discussion of how it is being funded.” The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and the Graduate Students’ Association have asked for more details on the institute’s purpose and funding. uOttawa News Release | SFUO News Release