A new plan outlining the future direction for university-city relations and setting priorities for moving forward was presented to City Council last night by Bob Silverman, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) and Gerard Hunt, the City of Kingston’s Chief Administrative Officer.
The plan draws on ongoing partnerships between Queen’s, the City and the Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO).
“The university and the city continue to work successfully on priority areas, including student engagement and community planning,” says Dr. Silverman. “Our success will depend on the degree to which we continue to connect and communicate with each other and other organizations.”
The plan supports Principal Daniel Woolf’s commitment to building a stronger relationship between the university and the city. At his first Community Breakfast in November, he addressed the need to broaden collaborations between Queen’s and local government. The four key areas of common concern that emerged from planning sessions over the last year are quality of life, community planning, student engagement and economic development.
Working groups in each of the four areas will develop priorities and timelines for plans of action including: engaging and retaining talented students and employees, further developing Innovation Park, leveraging “green” research, jobs and talent; integrating student and community philanthropic activities; and building an increased awareness for student citizenship.
Supporting performance indicators and targets will be used to measure success as the plan moves forward.
“The City of Kingston and Queen’s University enjoy a relationship that is both supportive and collaborative,” says Kingston mayor Mark Gerretsen. “That being said, we must not rest on our laurels. By working together and communicating on key issues this partnership will continue to benefit our community.”
The working groups will report on the progress to the strategic leadership team co-chaired by Dr. Silverman and Mr. Hunt. The leadership team will report quarterly to the university through Dr. Silverman and to council through Mr. Hunt.
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