The Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc. (MPI) has entered into a collaboration agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding between MPI and Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). The MoU states the intention of cooperation for collaboration on mutually beneficial grant opportunities, curriculum development, and activities for the advancement of programming between the two entities.
Canadian Mennonite University is a Christian liberal arts university, rooted in Anabaptist faith traditions in Winnipeg. “CMU has one of the largest and oldest undergraduate programs in peace and conflict studies in the world. Thousands of students have taken courses in peace and conflict studies, and the alumni are active in the field around the world. One of CMU’s strengths currently lies in undergraduate peace and conflict education. CMU is working at extending its learning community. CMU’s journal, Peace Research: Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, works to extend its learning engagement within the academic and scholarly community. In June 2015, CMU launched its new Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development (MA-PCD). CMU strives to serve the broader community through faculty research, writing and community engagement.”
The development of this collaborative relationship has been largely due to the efforts of long-time MPI facilitator Wendy Kroeker, who is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP). Aside from facilitating courses at MPI, Wendy has mentored trainers, engaged in curriculum development, arranged for interns, and invited MPI facilitators to teach at CSOP.
The MoU will formalize collaboration on mutually beneficial training opportunities and facilitation of peacebuilding/conflict transformation topics between CMU and MPI. This may include sharing in the areas of facilitation for praxis refinement, faculty visits, student interns, learning tours, and ongoing academic/organizational research and interaction.
MPI is very excited about these developments with CMU. Together, MPI and CMU hope to continue to enhance the skills of peacebuilders from around the world and continue to build a global network of those working for conflict transformation.