Ontario universities launch professional development website for grad students

September 9, 2014

7 Ontario universities have collaborated to create a professional development website for graduate students. McMaster University, Queen’s University, the University of Guelph, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Western University have launched MyGradSkills.ca, which offers free, online training tools to help graduate students looking to build their skills for academic and non-academic careers. “Graduate students have a very different experience at university than undergrads. … Grad students find it challenging to allocate time to consider what’s next, and so universities are offering them this extraordinary free professional development program to take online—in their own time and at their own pace,” said Bonnie M Patterson, President of the Council of Ontario Universities. The website was developed by the Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills and offers 18 training units on topics ranging from community-engaged scholarship to entrepreneurship. COU News Release | Queen’s News Release