Effective September 1, NSAC will become the Faculty of Agriculture at Dalhousie University.

Principles and Objectives

The Principles and Objectives for NSAC-Dalhousie Merger Discussions were developed by government, NSAC and Dalhousie along with input from many valued stakeholders. This information offers insight into the approach for negotiations.  These principles embrace the things which have made NSAC what it is today and also help position NSAC and Dalhousie for continued success in the future. They will used to help guide discussions and decisions related to the merger of NSAC and Dalhousie.

Principles and Objectives for NSAC-Dalhousie Merger Discussions

1 Institutional Identity and Mandate

1.1 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will maintain and strengthen the NSAC mandate as defined in section 4 of Nova Scotia Agricultural College Act (2008 c.7).

1.2 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will maintain NSAC’s identity and reputation, its small campus culture and agricultural mandate, which will be reflected in its name.

1.3 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will maintain and develop current NSAC property and facilities essential to its mandate and its efficient operation.

1.4 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will maintain and enhance educational programs in agriculture, renewable resources, environmental stewardship and related fields.

1.5 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will maintain and enhance research & development in agriculture, renewable resources, environmental stewardship and related fields.

2 Collaborative Relationships and Other Benefits

2.1 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will increase opportunities for both institutions to contribute to economic development and enhanced resource and environmental stewardship throughout rural Nova Scotia.

2.2 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will strengthen existing academic programs and provide greater opportunities for future educational program development to benefit students on both campuses.

2.3 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will provide greater opportunities for collaboration with government and industry to better align academic and research & development priorities with the economic development, innovation and productivity needs of Nova Scotia.

2.4 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will maintain and grow the economic, social, and cultural contributions to the Bible Hill/Truro community.

2.5 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC, through increased collaborative opportunities, will benefit researchers and their current and future projects.

2.6  The merged institution of Dalhousie University and NSAC will support and expand research & development activities and extension services across the province; in particular it will work closely with Acadia University, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and agriculture industry stakeholders in the Annapolis Valley.

2.7  The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will be undertaken with the intention of avoiding an adverse impact on the financial situation of Dalhousie University and the Province of Nova Scotia.

3  Governance, Management and Administration

3.1 The merger of Dalhousie University and NSAC will be planned and implemented to achieve efficiencies and improved cost effectiveness for the merged institutions.

3.2 The governance arrangement will enhance opportunities for continued and meaningful input and participation by industry and rural community stakeholders.

3.3 The merged institution of Dalhousie and NSAC will continue to be a responsible and respectful employer, and the merger will be conducted in a way that is mindful of the interests of employees.

3.4 Dalhousie-NSAC will honor historic commitments to NSAC alumni, donors and partners.