University of Saskatchewan closes the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) due to Provincial Budget Cuts
Over its 10-year history, the ICNGD has successfully provided two “northern-tailored” graduate-level degree programs; the Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) being the first degree offered by the U of S in the North, for the North and with the North.
The Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) was the first international joint degree between Canada and Norway, and the first one in Western Canada. Combined, these programs have graduated more than 50 students. Furthermore, the centre’s research has focused on concerns identified by northerners in critical areas such as northern governance, First Nations and resource development, northern innovation and climate and socio-economics. The centre attracted approximately $1.6 million in research funding.
While the centre will close on June 15, the university has appointed the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) to administer the two masters programs. Students currently enrolled in both the MNGD and GENI will be able to complete their programs, and new applicants will be accepted into the GENI program only. Admissions for the MNGD program will be suspended for 2017-18 to enable a pause and re-evaluation of the program. Students have benefited from funding support through key partners, Cameco Corporation and MITACS. Ongoing discussions are occurring to maintain this important financial support for students.