The Government of Saskatchewan introduced legislation today to provide the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) with the clear authority to operate as a polytechnic institution.
The proposed legislation will change SIAST’s legal name to ‘Saskatchewan Polytechnic’.
“This new Act will help introduce the role of Saskatchewan Polytechnic,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “We believe these changes will benefit both students and the school’s reputation across the country.”
Polytechnic institutions undertake applied research and scholarly activity and give students the opportunity to take new and innovative programs.
The proposed legislation will:
•protect the term polytechnic;
•clarify the institution’s ability to fundraise for property; and
•support Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s membership in Polytechnics Canada including enhanced opportunities for applied research as well as the granting of degrees in accordance with The Degree Authorization Act..
Both the Act and its regulations are expected to come into force in Spring 2014.
SIAST serves 26,000 students through campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.