OHSWEKEN – Students from Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP) have much to be proud of, as SNP was recently ranked number one for happiest students by the website, Campus Rankings.
The school also scored well in several other categories including Friendliest Students (No. 3) and Most Diverse Student Body (No. 3). The story was featured in the Huffington Post on November 3, raising awareness of the local post-secondary institute to a national level.
“We’re very pleased with the news and couldn’t agree more,” said SNP President and CEO, Rebecca Jamieson. “Here at Six Nations Polytechnic, our number one priority is the success and happiness of our students. As an Indigenous institution, part of our mission is to positively contribute to the well-being of all who share this land and to preserve our traditional knowledge while respectfully interacting and sharing information with other knowledge systems.”
“Essentially, what this means is that we provide education for everyone,” said Jamieson. “You don’t have to come from a specific cultural background, or even be Indigenous to study at SNP. That being said, Indigenous knowledge and pedagogy (teaching methods) are woven throughout all of our programs, giving us a unique distinction from other colleges and universities.”
Here’s what some of the students had to say:
“The staff at Polytechnic are always very positive and encouraging with all students. They put forth the effort and are very caring. They reach out to their students to see how they are doing [in] their studies and in life in general. I highly recommend this school.”
“The culture at Six Nations polytechnic, is in a community fashion, the faculty are joined together to get one point across to those students attending, and that is to share what they know so the students can pass it down to generation after generation.”
“Six Nations Polytechnic offers great fun nights and great informational forums that sparks a light in every soul. [A]t least twice a month. I would recommend to participate in Polytech’s extra-curricular activities, you will not regret it.”
SNP is a unique post-secondary organization, recognized by community, government and institutions of higher learning, as a centre of excellence for Indigenous Knowledge. SNP’s mandate of Indigenous Sustainability calls for the perpetual use of Indigenous Knowledge (understood and expressed through language, values and actions) that provides capacity to live in harmony with the natural world, while restoring and maintaining a healthy existence in a nation with diverse citizenship and needs.