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Edmonton named Canadas first UNESCO 'learning city'

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Edmonton named Canadas first UNESCO 'learning city'.
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With significant contributions from the University of Alberta in its winning application, Edmonton has been selected to join UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities.

The designation, announced today, means UNESCO will share local innovations and successes with other members of the network around the world while promoting a range of inclusive and accessible learning opportunities — from the essential and informal to those of higher education.

The network aims to extend education to families and diverse communities, as well as facilitate learning in the workplace, maximize digital learning technologies and foster a culture of lifelong learning. It also places a strong emphasis on empowering individuals and promoting social inclusion while enhancing economic development and cultural prosperity.

“The world’s most innovative, entrepreneurial centres all have one thing in common – at their heart is a world-leading, research-intensive university. And that’s what we have in Edmonton with the University of Alberta,” says U of A president Bill Flanagan.

 
It would be great if we could leverage this somehow to get more jobs and investment in the Edmonton region.
How about pitching federal gov't to fund 10 new Institutes to be located at the U of A and downtown Edmonton. E.g. Artificial Intelligence, Central Alberta/Western Canada history, Institute for Truth and Reconciliation, Institute for Health Innovation, Institute for Hydrogen, etc. Build out the educational sector to support Edmonton's natural economic strengths through targeted learning, research centres, high profile hires, require each institute to have annual conference in Edmonton. You certainly can capitalize on such a designation with some coordinated vision.
 
How about pitching federal gov't to fund 10 new Institutes to be located at the U of A and downtown Edmonton. E.g. Artificial Intelligence, Central Alberta/Western Canada history, Institute for Truth and Reconciliation, Institute for Health Innovation, Institute for Hydrogen, etc. Build out the educational sector to support Edmonton's natural economic strengths through targeted learning, research centres, high profile hires, require each institute to have annual conference in Edmonton. You certainly can capitalize on such a designation with some coordinated vision.

That's a good idea. Just leave the provincial government out of it, otherwise they'll just funnel the funds to their beloved Calgary.
 

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