U of S land quality project wins prestigious internationalization award
A U of S project was awarded a Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization in a ceremony at Boffins Club in Innovation Place Sept. 10.
The University's "International and Interdisciplinary Network for Study, Research and Training on Land Use" earned the award under the category of Maximizing the Contribution of Research to Internationalization."
The program's co-ordinator Agriculture Prof. and Holm Tiessen accepted the award from Jim Orr, Manager of Sales and Service with the Main Branch of Scotiabank in Saskatoon, and Robert Best, Vice-President, National Affairs Branch of the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada (AUCC). The ceremony also featured U of S representatives including President, Peter MacKinnon and Agriculture Dean Ernie Barber.
The program brings together students, scientists and technical experts from Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela to research land quality under changing land use. It allows U of S undergraduate and graduate students to work with Latin American project leaders.
MacKinnon said, "The project being recognized today helps reinforce the value of coupling international research with student learning."
Barber said, "I would like to see an increasing percentage of our teacher-scholar faculty engaged in international service."
Launched in 1997, the awards recognize achievements by Canadian universities who bring an international perspective to the teaching, research and service functions on their campuses. Along with the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, the University of New Brunswick Saint John campus, the U of S is one of four Canadian universities to win this annual award this year.