Yukon College, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, and the Presidents of British Columbia Colleges (BC Colleges) representing 11 colleges in BC, announced the formal creation of a BC Applied Research and Innovation Network (BCARIN).
BCARIN’s mandate is to connect member institutions – their students and faculty – with business and community organizations who seek to solve ‘real world’ problems which demand skill in research and innovation.
BCARIN has launched a web site and network ‘portal’ at www.bcarin.ca and it has appointed its first executive board, co-chaired by Thor Borgford, Dean of Science & Technology at Douglas College and Margaret Heldman, Dean of Science at Langara.
“The BCARIN initiative will grow applied research capacity within the Colleges and fellow institutions. It will produce greater direct engagement of students and faculty with their communities, and promote an extensive sharing of knowledge and resources. Importantly, the network aims to enhance business productivity and improve the outcomes sought by community organizations,” said Borgford and Heldman.
“This new, mutually beneficial partnership will give Yukon College the ability to engage in stronger applied research networking and partnership building initiatives with BC Colleges and the Justice Institute,” said Chris Hawkins, vice-president Research at Yukon College. “It will build capacity and widen access to research funding, which expands the ability of the Yukon Research Centre to serve the needs of our business and community partners in the territory.”
“Skilled and educated workers are our most critical resource and BC’s 11 public colleges are focused on ensuring our graduates have the right advanced skills and education to meet labour market demands. This includes fostering an environment that places an emphasis on applied research and innovation as a means to improved workforce productivity, sustained business and enterprise success, and expanded community engagement,” said Angus Graeme, President of Selkirk College and Chair of BC Colleges.