New University For Northern Ontario
McGuinty Government Creates Algoma University In Sault Ste. Marie
Legislation was passed today granting independent university status to Algoma University College in Sault Ste. Marie.
Algoma was established as an affiliate college of Laurentian University in 1964 and offers degrees in over 30 programs. The school has a special mandate to serve Aboriginal students, including offering the only BA program in the Ojibwe Language.
Granting independent university status to Algoma is a part of Ontario's plans to ensure high-quality postsecondary education is available to students in all parts of the province.
“The McGuinty government is proud to see Algoma join the ranks of our world-class universities that have helped establish Ontario's reputation as a great place to learn and a smart place to invest.”
“Today's passing of Bill 80, legislation creating an independent Algoma University, is indeed historic and will allow our city and region countless opportunities for growth and development. As a former member of the Charter Steering Committee for Independence and former Board member at AUC, I am extremely pleased with the milestone reached today and offer my sincere congratulations to the entire Algoma University community.”
“This is a historic day for Algoma U and the people of Sault Ste. Marie. Today after 41 years, we are becoming Ontario's newest university. We could not be prouder. Algoma University will support the growth of post-secondary opportunities in Sault Ste. Marie by offering a wider array of degree programs, expanding partnerships, increasing student recruitment, and improving teaching and research capacity. Alongside our Anishinaabe partner, Shingwauk Education Trust, we will develop an educational environment of international distinction in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Our future is exciting and bright!”
Dr. Celia Ross