(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)— Students and educators in Sochi, Russia, host of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, will be the big winners from a unique educational partnership formed February 19 between Sochi State University for Tourism and Recreation and North Vancouver’s Capilano University.
The memorandum of understanding acknowledges a 2010 – 2014 working relationship between the two institutions and provides an opportunity for Capilano University to share the lessons learned during the planning and execution of its comprehensive 2010 strategy.
Before Vancouver was awarded the 2010 Olympic Games, Capilano University (then Capilano College) began exploring ways that it could involve its students in real-life learning experiences during the event. The University closely examined how other post-secondary institutions in Olympic host cities participated in the past.
“We recognized that it was our responsibility to create quality learning experiences for our students, rather than the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee’s (VANOC),” said Capilano University president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Greg Lee. “We focused on creating an academic legacy that will benefit our students, employees, institution and communities through a variety of means. This included creating learning opportunities, building the Olympic Games into our curricular mix, opening our three campuses up to social and cultural activities, and partnering with other businesses and organizations to get the maximum leverage out of our theme, Educate! Participate! Celebrate!”
Also on hand at the signing were officials from the University of Hertfordshire and UK Higher Education Academy – Hospitality, Sport, Tourism & Leisure Network, representing the London 2010 Special Interest Group, and members of LinkBC, the tourism and hospitality education network, which is cohosted by Capilano University.
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university that serves the communities of the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, and the Sunshine Coast through campuses in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt. Enrolment totals 7,000 students in credit programs each term with an additional 7,000 people taking non-credit courses annually. Capilano offers a complete range of preparatory courses, university-level arts and science courses, business and management studies, creative and applied arts programs, health and human services programs, plus a range of services in support of student learning and success. Credentials awarded include bachelor degrees, associate degrees, post-baccalaureate diplomas, advanced diplomas, diplomas, certificates and statements of completion. More information can be found at www.capilanou.ca