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Continuing the Discussion: Getting the Most from our Universities and Community Colleges

Continuing the Discussion: Getting the Most from our Universities and Community Colleges

Agri-Futures NS was pleased to welcome Dr. Martha Crago, of the oneNS Coalition, to Ag.Connect 2015 on March 31, 2015. Dr. Crago spoke about goals 11 and 12 from the oneNS report;

GOAL 11: Research and Development Investment- Through both individual initiative and expanded collaboration, and with support from government, Nova Scotia’s universities and the Nova Scotia Community College will have doubled research funding to $360 million.

GOAL 12: Research and Development Partnerships-  The number of research and development partnerships between business enterprises and Nova Scotia universities and the Community College will have doubled from an average of 1,000 per year to 2,000 per year.
Many participants at Ag.Connect 2015 felt that these goals would need to be researched to be able to measure the impact and outcomes this would have on the economy and whether the goals would really have a positive effect for NS. The oneNS coalition has dedicated May 2015 to exploring: Getting the Most from our Universities and Community Colleges. Here’s a link to the background information http://onens.ca/monthly-themes-2/may-2015-getting-the-most-from-our-universities-and-community-colleges/

The coalition provides presentations and background documents regarding:

Five innovation teams set up to move the dial on One NS report: Entrepreneurship, Experiential Learning, Technology Enabled Learning, Recruitment and Retention, R&D and Commercialization

The co-chairs for the Research and Development/Commercialization team are Ray Ivany of Acadia and Richard Florizone of Dalhousie. This is good news to have agriculture front and centre in this important innovation team!

It’s great to see plans and action being put into motion. Please take the time to read through the oneNS coalition updates. They provide information on the processes and teams being put in place to tackle the oneNS goals. Let’s use the work of oneNS coalition and report to think about: “People will try to tell you that all the great opportunities have been snapped up. In reality, the world changes every second, blowing new opportunities in all directions, including yours.” –Ken Hakuta What exciting things does agriculture have in store?
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