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President Loreman’s report to GFC, March 8, 2019 (with correction)

Posted on: Mar 12, 2019

Correction. The previous version of this report noted in error that “Students, faculty, and staff receive a discount” at Highlands Golf Club. This is not the case, although we do receive a portion of money spent at the club to go towards CUE scholarships.

Upcoming President’s mission to Brazil:

I will be visiting three regions in Brazil between April 13 and April 30, 2019 during which time I will visit six university partners and present a major conference on international education in collaboration with our partners at Unilasalle. My draft mission objectives are:

  • To visit the FAUBAI conference, participate at sessions, present with partner Unilasalle.
  • To connect with Canadian consular officials in Brazil to discuss ways in which our efforts in that country can be supported by them.
  • To thank and recognize 6 university partners for their active engagement in our partnerships.
  • Explore ways of creating more dynamic partnerships with these 6 partner universities.
  • Connect with CUE Alumni in Brazil as a means to promote their continued engagement with CUE.
  • Promote CUE’s summer programs.

Partnership with Highlands Golf Club:

Concordia has entered into a formal partnership with Highlands Golf Club that entails use of their clubhouse facilities for events, student study, meals, and student pub nights. In addition we have negotiated an off-season parking deal in their lot for our students and faculty that should help to alleviate parking issues on campus. We will also be sharing profits from parking with Highlands.

CUE Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence:

In December we established the CUE Centre for Applied Artificial Intelligence under the Directorship of Mike Wade. The Centre will be Concordia’s commercialization and development hub, housed in the Allan Wachowich Centre for Science, Research, and Innovation. The Centre will have two foci including the development and commercialization of AI-related projects and technologies, and; the development of a vibrant AI & ML ecosystem at CUE.

MOU signed with AMII (Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute)

On December 3, 2018 Concordia signed an MOU with AMII, an Alberta based research institute that was established in 2002 to push the bounds of academic knowledge and guide business’ understanding of artificial intelligence and machine learning. CUE and AMII are exploring our multiple synergistic areas and have developed a 30/60/90-day joint strategy that includes course curriculum development and course delivery for a certificate program in machine learning.

CUE Thunder dominates athletics in Canada:

We have dominated athletics in Canada this year. Two of our 12 teams are heading to Nationals, including our Badminton team, and our Curlers. They will be travelling to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to win against the best in Canada. Our Hockey team also made ACAC playoffs, but as there are no ‘nationals’ for them we’ll have to see how far they can get in Alberta.

International update

The International Office has received 7 applications for Study Abroad for Fall 2019. Our call for Erasmus+ to Szczecin was very successful with 4 faculty and 3 staff members submitting their proposals. Results should be available middle to end of March 2019. We received a signed agreement from University of Malaga for a Language Assistant Program where one student of Spanish linguistics from University of Malaga will come every academic year and help in the Spanish classes at CUE with pronunciation, assignments, etc. An agreement with Unochapeco, located in Santa Catarina, Brazil, is now signed and provides our students with the opportunity to conduct paid internships in English for up to 4 months.