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Saint Paul University continues to promote change with a new Bachelor in Social Innovation

OTTAWA, December 14, 2017 – Saint Paul University (SPU) is pleased to announce the approval of its new Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Innovation by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development of Ontario.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of offering this unique program in the Fall of 2018. The course offering is like nothing else available in Canada. Students will tackle important social issues such as responsible management, capitalism, finance, ecology, feminism and how to launch a start-up – just to name a few,” said Simon Tremblay-Pépin, director of the Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation. “Furthermore, we are tweaking the traditional academic schedule in favour of block teaching. Students will concentrate exclusively on one class per block, which will include two weeks of classes followed by field work and the completion of term projects.”

The Bachelor joins the existing Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation; both programs are committed to addressing the issue of poverty reduction in its many forms, working with marginalized communities and engaging with local and national leaders to promote justice, democracy and social change.

On another exciting note for future students, last month, Desjardins Group confirmed an important donation towards the social innovation programs at SPU. Added to the generous donations from the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, these funds will be used to provide significant admission scholarships to students registering in a social innovation program at SPU.

Enthusiasm for this new program is also shared by University administrators. “The new Bachelor in Social Innovation will attract the change makers of tomorrow: individuals who are passionate about making the world a better place, starting with their own community,” said Saint Paul University Rector Chantal Beauvais. “Students are looking for a different academic experience. We’re proud to say that they can find it here.”

Please note: The Honours Bachelor in Social Innovation will be offered in French only in the Fall of 2018. The program will be offered in both languages starting in January 2019.

Saint Paul University is the founding college (1848) of the University of Ottawa, with which it has been federated since 1965. Bilingual and on a human scale, it offers programs in social communication, counselling and psychotherapy, canon law, public ethics, conflict studies, social innovation, philosophy, human relations, and theology.



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