May 12, 2014

Langara College is hosting a province-wide Applied Research Symposium today, in partnership with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The campus is welcoming 40 Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Research Directors from the province’s colleges to discuss strengthening their Applied Research programs.

“NSERC believes colleges are positioned to make a vital contribution to Canada's innovation system,” says Bert van den Berg, Acting Vice President of NSERC’s Research Partnerships Programs. “I am pleased to participate in today's discussion on college-applied research strategies.”

Topics under discussion include the state of Applied Research in British Columbia, the gap between BC and other provinces in realizing Applied Research enterprises, and success stories from neighbouring BC colleges. The program will conclude with a panel discussion featuring Selkirk College president Angus Graeme, Northern Lights College president Laurie Rancourt, and Langara College president Lane Trotter, exploring the ways British Columbia colleges can increase the province’s share of Canadian Applied Research initiatives.

“Langara is committed to expanding Applied Research opportunities for our faculty and students,” says Trotter. “We’re proud to host this symposium and continue connecting Langara research with the needs of businesses and our community.”

About Langara
Located in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With over 1,700 courses and 130 programs offered, Langara's expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports discovery research, and fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. NSERC researchers are on the vanguard of science, building on Canada’s long tradition of scientific excellence.

About ACCC
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges is the national, voluntary membership organization representing colleges and institutes in Canada and internationally. ACCC also represents members with the federal government and industry, and organizes conferences and workshops for college staff, students, and board members to facilitate networking and participation in national and international programs, services, and awards.

Media Contact:
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Langara College
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