Cape Breton University and Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College have renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to expand on work that aims to revitalize the Gaelic language, promote Gaelic arts, culture, and history, and contribute to the development and sustainability of Cape Breton Island.
“We have a strong relationship with our colleagues at The Gaelic College. This new MOU is built on a solid foundation that will enable us to do more for Cape Breton Island, together,” says David C. Dingwall, President & Vice-Chancellor, Cape Breton University “Our history remembered, our culture celebrated, and our future stronger, because of this partnership.”
The MOU is for five years and aims to facilitate collaboration on mutually beneficial projects that utilize the expertise, resources, and community relationships of each institution. This includes activities related to teaching, research, and community engagements; conferences, workshops, and other educational programming; tourism, marketing, and fundraising initiatives; and commemorations, performances, and special events.
“This is an exciting time for both Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College and Cape Breton University. In this new MOU, we look forward to building upon our shared goals while providing students and visitors alike a world class experience!” says the Honourable Rodney MacDonald, CEO Colaisde na Gàidhlig/ The Gaelic College.
The MOU sets out many objectives but could see CBU and Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College collaborate on projects that preserve and enhance Cape Breton’s unique Gaelic culture, specifically in the areas of language, arts, heritage, and performance; develop educational programming at each institution by sharing knowledge, fostering collaborative partnerships, and/or seconding individuals with particular areas of expertise; foster a culture of mutual interest in research related to Gaelic culture and Celtic history; and facilitate Cape Breton University’s use of Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College’s facilities in St Ann’s and Mabou for educational, professional development, and other related purposes.
“We’re absolutely thrilled about the renewal and expansion of this MOU,” says Dr. Andy Parnaby, Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences. “Working in partnership with Colaisde na Gàidhlig/The Gaelic College allows us to enrich and deepen the student experience, on campus and off, and further support the vibrant and living cultures that make Cape Breton Island so unique.”