The future of post-secondary education is a current debate, nationally and internationally. Our goal is to develop an understanding of the nuances and dynamics in Atlantic Canada, which can contribute to the broader discussion. The focus of this symposium will be the historic and emerging role(s) of the university: preparation for civic life, education, research, job training; past and future impact of the university beyond the campus, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
A key element of the Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Strategic Plan is to “expand the reach of the RSC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Symposium”. Between 1945 and 1980, the AGM of the RSC was hosted at least once in every province of Canada, at 25 universities from coast to coast. In 2013, the RSC resumed the practice of moving the AGM around the country, beginning with a visit to Banff, Alberta.
This symposium will aim to enter the heated debate of the issues raised by transnational migration which shakes all contemporary societies and transforms our understanding of national identity today.