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event photo - Eastman Education Centre

e-dition - Sept. 29, 2006

UWinnipeg President Lloyd Axworthy (left) joins Premier Gary Doer and Clyde Loewen, Chair of the Eastman Education Centre in Steinbach, in cutting the ribbon that officially opened the Centre on September 26, 2006. UWinnipeg will begin offering some courses at the Centre as early as January.

UWinnipeg to Offer Courses at Eastman Education Centre in Steinbach

By Ilana Simon

Students in south eastern Manitoba will soon be able to take University of Winnipeg courses without having to come into the city. President and Vice-Chancellor Lloyd Axworthy has announced a new partnership with the Eastman Education Centre in Steinbach that will see a number of first-year and other courses offered as early as this January.

"The University of Winnipeg is committed to making post-secondary education available to students of all ages throughout the Steinbach and South Eastern Manitoba region," Dr. Axworthy said at the September 26, 2006 grand opening of the Eastman Education Centre building, located at 386 Loewen Blvd. in Steinbach.

Innovative Academic Programs

UWinnipeg, along with Menno Simons College, is developing several innovative academic programs in partnership with the Eastman Education Centre:

  • January 2007 - A Mennonite Studies course will survey Mennonite beginnings. It will focus on the origins and history of the Anabaptists in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany in the 16th and 17th centuries, and follow them to Russia in later centuries. Special attention will be given to the interaction of culture and religion in the history of European Mennonites.
  • January 2007 - Menno Simons College will deliver a selected topics course on development and peacemaking in the Middle East featuring a series of guest lecturers.
  • September 2007 - Delivery of first year Arts courses for credit, as well as second and third year courses interest courses.
  • September 2007 - A package of popular courses from The University of Winnipeg Division of Continuing Education's 55 Plus Program.

Eastman Education Centre Partnerships

UWinnipeg joins Red River College, Assiniboine Community College, Canadian Mennonite University, Campus Manitoba, and the Hanover School Division as partners in the Eastman Education Centre. Discussions are underway to offer other academic programs such as summer institutes and guest lecturers at the Centre in the future.

Dr. Axworthy says recruiting new students from rural Manitoba is a priority for UWinnipeg.

"We are excited about the opportunity to expand University of Winnipeg programs beyond the city limits and contribute to the career and personal development of Manitobans in the south-east quadrant of our province," says Dr. Axworthy. "Students from this area are currently underrepresented at the University we want to change that."

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