Yukon University

Yukon University (YukonU)

At the request of the Government of Yukon, Yukon College is preparing to become Yukon University (YukonU). Several years ago, Yukon College Board of Governors and staff members spent 18 months researching, visiting and meeting with leaders from more than 60 institutions and organizations around the world, and learned a number of valuable lessons. These lessons guide the institution as we move forward in our planning and development.

The Model

When Yukon College transitions, Yukon University will be what is referred to as a hybrid university – a flexible, post-secondary institution that includes a place and a pathway for every learner, including: adult basic education and upgrading, trades and vocational training certificates and diplomas or degree and post-graduate programs.  All will provide greater opportunities for students at all levels and be grounded in research relevant to the North. Our eleven community campuses will continue to play a critical role in delivering education to the communities.

Continuing to develop partnerships in response to education, training and research needs, with business, industry, governments and First Nations, will shape our future.

Northern Focused

Our Yukon University will stand apart from those in the South. It will reflect our own cultures and identities. It will be borne from our own experiences. It will contain our own ideas and aspirations.

We invite you to join us in our transformation to YukonU!

Niche Programming

Yukon University will be known for focusing on education and research relevant to populations in the North, contributing to a responsive, resilient and versatile economy and society.

With this in mind, Yukon University (YukonU), will build on our existing strengths. We’ll be known for unique, relevant, niche programming and research in the following areas:

Climate change - society and environment

The climate is rapidly changing in the North and affecting our landscapes and lives. For over 16 years, Yukon College has been recognized as a leader in climate change research in both the natural and social sciences. This work spans community health and well-being, impacts on traditional culture and practices, infrastructure and economy, policy implications, community and individual resiliency and food security. The College builds on this strong foundation in climate change research to ensure its programs provide a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to the study of a changing planet.

Starting in 2017, we will be the only institution in northern Canada to offer a post-graduate certificate in Climate Change Policy. Students will graduate with the breadth and depth of knowledge they require to provide leadership in shaping policy to protect communities and the environment for future generations.

Indigenous self-determination and governance

Yukon College offers five programs in Indigenous self-determination studies and is currently developing our first made-in-Yukon degree – a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance.*

The College has had strong partnerships with Yukon First Nations for many years, working closely with FN governments to share knowledge and build reciprocity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous traditions. In 2014, we won the inaugural gold award from Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) for Indigenous Education Excellence. The College has a history of taking seriously the role of education in reconciliation, a position now strengthened by the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Building on this history and the strengths, experience and knowledge of decades of First Nations self-governance in the Yukon, the College will continue to work in partnership with First Nations to provide programming that supports capacity development and self-determination.

*title of the degree will be recommended by Campus Alberta Quality Council (the external quality assurance process being used by YG)

Sustainable resource development and innovation

Through education, training, research and innovation, Yukon College supports the sustainable development and stewardship of Yukon resources – the land, wildlife, water and minerals. For over five decades Yukon College has successfully delivered a wide range of apprenticeship, trades and technology training across the territory. As the College evolves, it will continue to play this role while also expanding training opportunities, connecting training more closely to research and emphasizing sustainable practices.

Current research in mine reclamation and bioremediation, alternative energy and cold climate and technology innovation offers many opportunities to align training with research and scholarship.  Yukon College researchers work constantly to innovate and diversify resource development in the North, in areas such as renewable energy and agriculture, with a focus on sustainability and environmental stewardship.