Université de Hearst and Collège Boréal held celebrations Thursday, October 10 to mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Timmins campus at 395 Thériault Boulevard.
Inaugurated in 2009, the facility is the result of an innovative partnership between two French language post-secondary institutions. It is also a symbol of the local community’s commitment to sustaining and expanding French language educational opportunities in Timmins.
A centre of knowledge and development for Francophones in Timmins
With its diversified and complementary programs ranging from college diplomas to university degrees, the Timmins campus attracts more than a hundred students annually. Some students choose the campus for its geographical proximity or the opportunity to study in a human-scale environment that provides personalized services along with an array of modern equipment.
Located in the heart of the community, the Timmins campus has become a favorite venue for countless gatherings, conferences or performances by Francophone artists.
International outreach: a growing trend
A shared facility fosters collaboration and over the past ten years, Université de Hearst and Collège Boréal in Timmins have significantly strengthened their ties. Through the development of articulation agreements, the campus offers more and more flexible options, including many programs that allow students to obtain a university degree in their field after obtaining a college diploma, or conversely, to obtain practical college-level training after their university studies.
Université de Hearst and Collège Boréal also have a shared vision for international outreach. Both institutions are pursuing their efforts to recruit international students so that talents can be nurtured in the North and hopefully choose to remain in the region, thus contributing to the local economy and enriching Ontario’s Francophone culture.
Since 2009, Collège Boréal has awarded 482 diplomas and Université de Hearst has awarded 84 diplomas in Timmins.
“Université de Hearst has been providing university-level educational services in French in Timmins for over 42 years! This is proof of our institution’s firm and ongoing dedication to the Francophone community in Timmins. Our new campus on Thériault Boulevard has raised our profile and strengthened our commitment over the past ten years. The addition of our student residence at 180 Jubilee Avenue, our expanded program offerings and the growing number of international students at our Timmins campus are clear signs that Université de Hearst will be investing in the development of human potential in Timmins for a long time to come.”
Luc Bussières, president, Université de Hearst
“Like all of the major advances achieved by Ontario’s Francophone community, the campus project at 395 Thériault Boulevard stems from the unwavering commitment of a community with legitimate aspirations to post-secondary educational options and quality services in its mother tongue, here in Timmins. Ten years later, the success of this campus proves that these aspirations are well founded. We have good reason to celebrate this significant milestone as we look to the future.”
Daniel Giroux, president, Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.
Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 7 campuses and 38 access centres in 26 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal ranks first in Ontario for two of the five indicators: graduation rate and, for the fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results show that Boreal’s strengths lie in its investment in human capital.
Université de Hearst
Université de Hearst is a university community on a human scale. With three campuses in Northern Ontario, in Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins, it offers experience-based education focused on human sciences and business administration. It provides a learning environment that is conducive to successful French language post-secondary studies and to the development of sought-after professional skills, including Block Plan courses, experiential learning and student support services.
For further information:
Ronan Le Guern
Manager – Communications and Media Relations
Tel.: 416-289-5130, ext. 5172
Université de Hearst
Director – Communications and Liaison
Tel.: 705 372-1781, ext. 228
Cell: 705 362-3022
Back to News Features