The first in-person start at Hearst University since the start of the pandemic

The university will celebrate its 70th anniversary on September 16, in addition to highlighting its new autonomy, explains Luc Bussières, its rector.

Last year, the province allowed Université de Hearst to obtain its own institutional charter and sever its affiliation with Laurentian University in Sudbury, which is undergoing a period of restructuring due to financial difficulties.

An event is being held in mid-September, Luc Bussières suggests, and Université de Hearst will use the opportunity to unveil its new logo.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Francis Bouchard

We were eager to get startedexclaimed Luc Bussières on Monday morning.

It’s been two years since we’ve seen students on campus, so the animation in the hallways is so goodsays Danielle Lauzon, International Liaison Officer at the University of Hearst.

It’s really a pleasure to be heresays Pape Fare Dioum, originally from Senegal, who is starting his second session at Hearst.

2nd year student Dye Oumar Ly is also physically present at the university, despite some nervousness.

Rather happy because it allows you to meet students in real life, not virtually, and teachers too, so that’s fine. I’m a little nervous because it’s my first time, but otherwise I’m very happy to see them all. »

Quote from Dye Oumar Ly, student at Hearst University

The return to face-to-face teaching requires an adjustment for some who started their university journey virtually.

Some students even admit that they preferred distance learning. I was fine in the cellarsays Myriam Girard of Hearst.

It’s the same story for Myriam Vaillancourt, another Ontario student.

A slight increase in registrations

Hearst University is seeing a slight increase in enrollment compared to last year, according to its chancellor.

It is more with international students […] and local listings. But we also have people from the rest of Ontario, which is a slight increase on that side. »

Quote from Luc Bussières, Chancellor of the University of Hearst

As of August 29, there are 265 students enrolled at the three universities, compared to 260 on September 17, 2021.

The university expects to receive further registrations in the coming weeks, before the start of the next block of courses.

Mr. Bussières notes that the university has almost reached the limit of the number of students that can be accommodated based on the size of its facilities located in Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins.

Major renovations to the Hearst campus are also planned for the summer of 2023 to increase enrollment capacity.

Students in the classroom.

Université de Hearst will have new classrooms from the start of the school year in September 2023.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Francis Bouchard

A new international office will be inaugurated later this year to centralize the services offered to international students, explains Mr. Bussières.

Danielle Lauzon is one of the people who care about welcoming international students.

We monitor students from the time they apply for admission and help them along the way until they receive their study permitexplains.

Then we have the great job of welcoming them all to our beautiful communities: Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timminsadds Ms. Lauzonová.

Aerial view of the lake.

This year, new international students were invited to a welcome activity on the shores of Lac Rémi, at Moonbeam, near Kapuskasing.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Jimmy Chabot

Université de Hearst is also launching its new graduate program in psychotherapy this year.

Students who complete this 12-month program will be eligible for registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and will be able to practice psychotherapy anywhere in the province.

With information from Elsie Micliss and Francis Bouchard

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