Camosun and RRU strengthen partnership

Doug Ozeroff
Camosun College President Kathryn Laurin and Royal Roads President Allan Cahoon sign new MOU for the institutions

The presidents of Camosun College and Royal Roads University signed a five-year memorandum of understanding today to acknowledge their complementary mandates and shared interests.

This development supports the province’s Core Review by identifying synergies, reducing redundancy and creating new opportunities through co-operation. RRU president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon and Camosun president Kathryn Laurin signed the MOU at the Blue Heron House, RRU’s Indigenous Learning and Cultural Centre situated on the shores of Esquimalt Lagoon. 

Royal Roads and Camosun College share a strong interest in regional economic development, international engagement and national and global issues. Through the MOU, both parties wish to establish a multi-faceted collaboration to further enhance education and business development opportunities. Examples include, but are not limited to: co-conferring academic credentials; offering joint admission; working together in shared marketing of domestic and international programs where cost benefits may be achieved; and working together to effectively combine Camosun’s suite of polytechnic programs and Royal Roads’ MBA program in the field of logistics.

“Both Royal Roads and Camosun College are committed in their support of the new B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint,” says Royal Roads president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “The agreement we signed today aligns with that and also builds on the previously announced Vancouver Island Public Post-Secondary Alliance in which we as a sector have pledged to continue to work together to offer students more choices to ensure sustainable futures.”

“This is innovative and collaborative planning that significantly amplifies the strengths of each institute,” says Camosun president Kathryn Laurin. “We already have a number of pre-existing articulation agreements that allow Camosun students to transfer seamlessly to Royal Roads’ degree programs. I look forward to working with President Cahoon to expand and enrich the opportunities for our students.”