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UNIVERSITY OF SUDBURY
Fulfilling its Promise
Maintaining a focus on the humanities and serving the needs of unique communities are major reasons why the University of Sudbury is successful.
tarted by Jesuits in 1913, the University of Sudbury has carved out a place for itself thanks to the strength of its programming in everything from religious studies and philosophy to native studies and folklore. A federated school of Laurentian University, the University of Sudbury is wholly committed to the humanities.
“We don’t offer technical, professional or scientific programs,” says Dr. Pierre Zundel, president and vice chancellor. “Our programming is focused on the big ideas in society. Our folklore program is one of many unique programs we offer. The major communities we serve are the francophone and indigenous communities. We have about 1,300 students. They are not all full-time, as the four federated institutions share the student body. We have about 20 fulltime and 50 part-time faculty members.”
It is because of its commitment to humanities that the university created a special niche for itself. With its indigenous programming, the university has been involved with Native studies for about 40 years. Zundel says the university has created a nurturing place for native people to come to the city to study. “They have their own lounges and counselors, and we have first nations courses that we get out to the community, as well,” Zundel says. “We offer some scholarships for Native people, too. We try to make education accessible to First Nations and Métis populations.” As for the francophone population, Zundel says many of those students are often coming out of French-speaking high schools, but they still feel their French isn’t good enough. The university offers some for-credit courses online that are entirely in French to grade 12 students. This presents that population with the opportunity to get a sense of what it is like to study at a university level in French. One effort the university is working on with faculty members is integrating new programs and technology into the curriculum. Some of the recent additions include a course in
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