How Cape Breton University solved two problems with four minivans

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Moulick pilots the minivan up the tight curves of the Cabot Trail like a local. Since late July, he has made the trip several times a day, several times a week. In many spots the road hugs the edge so close a passenger could brush her fingertips on the guardrail. When a car driving down the mountain crosses the centre line, Moulick reacts quickly, avoiding a collision. “Sorry!” he says, as his passengers sway with the van’s movement.

He’s unfazed—a cautious driver confident in his skills. This has happened to him before.

“At home, we drive on the edge. There are guardrails, but we have to drive just on the edge, and when you turn you have to pay close attention,” he says. Home for Moulick and the four other passengers in the van is originally India, but since May, it’s been Cape Breton University in Sydney, N.S.

Over half of Cape Breton University’s (CBU) 5,000 students are international students. Indian and Chinese students make up the bulk, but students also come from 40 other countries, including Vietnam, Bangladesh, Egypt and Sri Lanka.

These students are headed to Keltic Lodge, a world-renowned hotel and resort nestled in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. In late July, they joined a two-year pilot project the university founded to address two problems.

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