Nova University is looking to recruit new people, but that doesn’t mean that the campus is abandoning its “university” moniker.
Nova’s first two days of classes have been sold out.
A few hundred students attended a special session Tuesday afternoon to learn about the university’s history and culture.
But even before the session ended, the university had already sold out all the space at the school.
“The space was sold out already,” said Chris Hagg, Nova’s president.
“We were hoping to have more space available, but we’re very happy that we have enough space to hold this event.”
Nova is the first school in Canada to create a new academic program for Indigenous students.
Hagg said Nova is looking for students who have the same skills as their Indigenous students and are interested in pursuing careers in education, business or law.
“This is not a university for the Indigenous population,” he said.
“It’s a university that will provide opportunities for the students to continue their education, to continue to be educated, and to continue on with their studies.”
Nova’s new academic initiative will launch next year, Hagg explained.
He added that the university has a “commitment to excellence” in academics and in teaching.
Hogg said that Nova is also looking to add more Indigenous faculty and staff to the university.
“Our goal is to have 25 percent or more of our faculty and 20 percent or less of our staff be Indigenous,” he told CBC News.
“That’s what we’re going to try to do in the future.”
Nova has a total enrollment of around 3,600 students.
For Hagg and his staff, it is a challenge.
The university is still a relatively small institution.
Higg said that if it continues to grow, Nova will have the capacity to recruit up to 2,000 new students.
He also said that he expects the university to offer more courses to Indigenous students in the coming years.
Nova has an indigenous population of about 1,000 people, including 150 people who were enrolled as first-year students in 2019.
The school’s Indigenous enrollment is just under 40 percent of the student body.
Nova started as a boarding school in 1899, and in the 1960s and 1970s, the school grew and became the Nova Institute for Aboriginal Studies.
In 2001, Nova was ranked first in the province for Indigenous student enrolment.
Nova also hosted the first Canadian-sponsored Indigenous student summit in Canada.
Nova is not the first university to create an Indigenous academic program.
Nova and the University of Toronto both created programs in the late 1990s.
At the time, there were around 60 Indigenous faculty members and staff at the University.
Hgg said that in the last year, Nova has seen a significant uptick in Indigenous enrolment, with an enrolment increase of almost 50 percent.
The number of Indigenous students enrolled at Nova has more than doubled over the past five years, to over 3,000 students.
The numbers of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students at Nova are expected to double in the next 10 years.
“These are not just numbers of numbers, these are students that are now in the first year of their first semester at Nova,” Hagg told CBC.
That’s really exciting for us.” “
So there are a lot more Indigenous students, and the numbers have been growing at a really high rate.
That’s really exciting for us.”
Hagg is also confident that Nova will attract more Indigenous people.
“If we do what we say, we will have a community that will be proud of our school,” he added.
“There’s going to be a community at Nova.”
For students at the Nova University community forum, there was a sense of optimism and hope.
“I think we’re at the point where it’s going well, and we’re just in the right place to get started,” said student Amanda Dyer.
“As soon as the season starts, we’re all going to have a good time.”
Dyer said that she wants to study law and sociology at Nova.
“And I want to know about Nova, so I can learn about Nova,” she said.