Northern Canadian Institution Garners Global Enrollment Boost
By Deepika Singh, MSM staff writer
At a glance
The Yukon University story is 50 years in the making. Since the mid-70’s, the Northern First Nations, industry leaders, and locals have been requesting for a university to represent the North and Indigenous communities in Canada. In May 2020, the institution became the first college in the North to be granted a university title. Teaching here is now focused on issues of sustainable resources and environmental conservation.
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Support for International Exposure and Growth
Several years ago, the idea of studying in Yukon was virtually unknown to international students, even in major markets like India. It was unheard of for foreigners to move to Northern Canada.
Now, however, nearly 200 Indian students study at the institution that MSM boldly brought to the competitive marketplace.
“All the comments and criticism we faced in our initial effort to recruit Indian students into the bigger vision for Yukon University is now nothing. We are proud of the dedicated team that worked against the odds to achieve incremental success for this partner institution,” said Suneetha Qureshi, MSM Vice President for Global.
Heading Into the Future
The now-official Yukon University offers a wealth of degree programs on its 13 campuses, including Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Science in partnership with the University of Alberta, and Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Work in partnership with the University of Regina.
Trades programming, academic upgrading, certificates, diplomas, degrees, and applied research make the institution an exciting place for curious international learners to expand their knowledge.
As the MSM and Yukon partnership journey continues, more students continue to show interest in the institution. Despite the slowdown caused by COVID-19, the support from Yukon faculty and the government has proven instrumental in setting the standards for holistic education and support offered in British Columbia.
Education Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said in a statement: “Yukon University is Canada’s first university in the North, for the North and by the North. It is designed to meet the education needs of Yukoners. This is an exciting time for our territory as we work together to create new post-secondary education, social and economic opportunities for Yukon.”