Université de Hearst celebrates its independence with nice celebration

Reading time: 4 minute

HEARST – It’s an evening of celebration in the North, where the Franco-Ontarian community gathers in Hearst to celebrate the recent full autonomy of Hearst Université de Hearst. The perfect opportunity to unveil a new visual identity for a business that wants a facelift.

“After all, in retrospect, this dream wasn’t so crazy! This desire was actually the need and desire to provide tools for an entire region to secure its future. »

Chancellor Luc Bussières said this in a speech at Hearst University on Friday afternoon, referring to the crazy dream the institution represented in its infancy.

In his speech, he mentioned that the university will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023 and that since 2014, the university has recorded a significant increase of 174% in the number of enrollments received by international students.

“Once again, nothing seems out of place, Université de Hearst has been the best vehicle for Northern Ontario to demonstrate that it is absolutely possible to attract, welcome and integrate international francophone immigration that strengthens our communities, our economy and participates in cultural diversity and solidarity. this, in my opinion, constitutes the future of our planet! »

A landmark year when the University received the right to sign its strategic mandate agreement from the Ontario government and changed its teaching methods.

“Not too bad for a nice little Nordic university!” he shouts.

Together, Daniel Giroux, Luc Bussières, Serge Miville and Pierre Ouellette celebrated the autonomy of Hearst University. Image credit: Martine Laberge.

Absent ministers

About 200 people attended an evening event marking the beginning of a new era at the Université de Hearst, which gained full autonomy on Friday last April.

Among them are Pierre Ouellet, chancellor of the University of French Ontario (and former chancellor of the Université de Hearst), Serge Miville, chancellor of the University of Sudbury, and Daniel Giroux, president of the College Boréal, among others.

“You were the first French-speaking university and you inspired us! – Caroline Mulroney

Colleges and Universities Minister Jill Dunlop and Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney had planned to attend the celebrations, but had to cancel because of the mourning period the Ontario government finds itself in after Queen Elizabeth’s death. On September 8, II.

However, they insisted on sending a video that was shown during each of their talks.

“You were the first French-speaking university and you inspired us! could be heard in Ms. Mulroney’s video.

He also wanted to celebrate the city’s 100th anniversary, wish a happy Franco-Ontarian Day in advance and greet the institution’s international clients: “We hope these young people from the 25 countries of the international Francophonie will contribute to the economic development of the country. City of Hearst. »

Elsewhere on the bench, Carol Jolin, president of the Ontario Francophonie Assembly, was prevented from attending the event after her flight was canceled. He regretted that he could also express in a projected video during the messages.

A new visual identity

After networking and opening remarks, guests were able to step back in time with a presentation on the genesis of the first university in Ontario, mandated by the French Language Services Act in July 2013.

Then a glimpse into the future with the long-awaited moment of official presentation of the university’s new visual identity, featuring a new motto, logo and new colors.

The slogan “Rethinking Your Universe” is chosen for the institution, which says a lot about the desire to open up to the world that the institution, whose clients are mainly international, wants to embody.

A sober and elegant choice for the logo with the letter H in three colors: green, blue and yellow. The letter H is drawn with a space above, at the level of the right bar, so that the student can see the silhouette holding a book without pointing to it.

The beginning of the academic year took place face-to-face on August 29 for the first time since the pandemic at the university’s benches, a new and first graduate program, the Master’s Diploma in Psychotherapy (GSP) and a distance.

Members of the northern Franco-Ontarian community came to Hearst in large numbers. Image credit: Martine Laberge.

A long battle

After years of debate, the Ontario Legislative Assembly granted Université de Hearst an independent charter on June 3, 2021, immediately following program cuts at Laurentian University in Sudbury, signaling an unprecedented crisis in the province’s north.

Autonomy, above all financial, for an institution that is, in the words of the chancellor, “coming of age” and sending a message of hope to the University of Sudbury, where several members of the northern community are also calling for autonomy. many moons.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button