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Université de Hearst celebrates its autonomy with great fanfare


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HEARST – It’s a celebratory night up north where the Franco-Ontarian community has gathered in Hearst to celebrate the recent full autonomy of the Université de Hearst. An ideal opportunity to reveal the new visual identity of a business that wants to have a facelift.

“Finally, in retrospect, this dream wasn’t so crazy! This dream was in fact the same need, the desire of the entire region to provide itself with the tools to secure its future. »

That’s what Rector Luc Bussières said in his speech at the University of Hearst late Friday afternoon, referring to the crazy dream that the establishment represented in its early days.

In his speech, he recalled that the university will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2023 and that the university has seen a significant jump in registrations by 174% since 2014, which was mainly made possible by foreign students.

“Again, seemingly nothing, Université de Hearst has become the best tool for Northern Ontario to demonstrate that it is entirely possible to attract, welcome and integrate international francophone immigration that strengthens our communities, our economy and participates in cultural diversity and solidarity. which I think represent the future of our planet! »

A pivotal year in which the university won the right to sign its own strategic mandate agreement from the Ontario government, the first year, and made a shift in its teaching methods.

“Not too bad for a nice little northern university!” he exclaims.

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

Absent ministers

Almost 200 people were present at the evening event, which marked the beginning of a new era at the Université de Hearst, which received its full autonomy on Friday 1ahem last April.

Among them, among others, Pierre Ouellette, 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 Collège Boréal.

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

Jill Dunlop, the Minister of Colleges and Universities, and Caroline Mulroney, the Minister of Francophone Affairs, had planned to attend the celebrations but had to cancel their attendance due to the mourning period the Ontario government is in after the death of Queen Elizabeth. II on September 8.

Still, they insisted that everyone submit a video that was shown during the speaking period.

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

She also wanted to highlight the centennial of the city, wish in advance a happy Franco-Ontarian day and greet the international clientele of the institution: “We count on the fact that these young people from 25 countries from the international Francophonie will contribute to the economic growth of the city of Hearst. »

Elsewhere on the absentee bench was Assembly Francophonie Ontario president Carol Jolin, who saw her flight canceled, preventing her from attending the event. Regret, which he was able to express even in a video shown at the time of the news.

New visual identity

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

Then a look into the future with the long-awaited moment of the official unveiling of the university’s new visual identity, entitled to a new slogan, logo and new colors.

“Rethinking your universe” is the slogan chosen for the company, which speaks volumes about the desire to open up to the world, which the company, whose clientele is predominantly international, wants to embody.

For the logo, a sober and refined choice with the letter H in three colors: green, blue and yellow. The H is drawn with a gap placed above, at the level of the right bar, so that the silhouette holding the book can be seen there, not without impinging on the student.

The beginning of the school year took place face-to-face for the first time since the pandemic on August 29 in the university’s classrooms, which also offers a new and first graduate program, the Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy (GSP) and since distance.

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

A long fight

After years of debate, the Ontario Legislative Assembly granted a separate charter to the Université de Hearst on June 3, 2021, following the suspension of the program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, marking an unprecedented crisis in the province’s north.

Autonomy, primarily financial, for an institution which, according to the rector, is “entering adulthood” and which sends a message of hope for the University of Sudbury, whose autonomy is also requested by several members of the northern community. many months.

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