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Gov. Gen. David Johnston speaks at the CU Expo being hosted in Corner Brook Thursday.
CORNER BROOK Post-secondary institutions and communities provide a wonderful combination of the what and how, according to the Governor General.
David Johnston used those terms to describe the symbiotic relationship between university and communities at the CU Expo being hosted in Corner Brook this week.
“Communities know what our needs are, and post-secondary institutions know the methods and possess the experience and expertise to help determine how to go about meeting those needs,” he told the large crowd gathered for the opening address of the international conference underway in western Newfoundland.
Johnston discussed the unique potential of post-secondary institutions and communities to bring about social change through partnerships and co-operation. He said the Canadian-led, international conference is the next step in moulding those networks and partnerships to achieve that potential.
He relayed the words of a fellow Harvard graduate and educator, Tony Wagner, in that the world no longer cares about what you know, but rather what you can do with what you know.
Johnston said social innovation is as important as technological innovation, that how you use the tools is equally as valuable.
That is especially true in the Internet and technology-age of today and tomorrow, according to the Governor General.
A key to bringing about social change is the inclusiveness of youth. Young people make up the body of post-secondary institutions, and they are eager to make their mark in communities, he said.
Another important part of the equation is excellence.
“The key to mastering in any field has been said is to forever to remain a student,” he said. “Of course, instead of staying in school indefinitely, make a commitment to lifelong learning and discovery.”