Queen’s SMA emphasizes research excellence, community and student engagement

August 22, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Ontario and Queen’s University recognizes the institution's high levels of student engagement and research intensity, as well as its integral role in the development of the Kingston and eastern Ontario region. The SMA cites multiple examples of ways in which Queen’s supports economic and community development, including its shared Town-Gown Strategic Plan with the city of Kingston and its support for start-up companies through the Queen’s Summer Innovation Institute and the Queen’s Innovation Park, which is a valuable hub of research and development. The SMA further highlights Queen’s support for technology-enabled learning, its systematic approach to incorporating learning outcomes, and its implementation of experiential learning opportunities such as internships and community projects. Queen’s track record of research success is also highlighted in the SMA. The SMA identifies 3 areas of proposed program growth: health and society, science and technology, and business administration and education. Queen’s SMA