Ryerson SMA focuses on support for entrepreneurial education, urban ecosystem research

August 25, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) between Ryerson University and Ontario identifies as the institution’s key areas of differentiation its support for interdisciplinary thinking and innovation; its collaboration with industry, the public, and the non-profit sector; and its distinctive “zone” model of entrepreneurial education. Ryerson is also identified as playing a unique role as a city builder. Ryerson is recognized for its focus on professional accreditation and experiential learning through programs such as its Digital Media Zone (DMZ). The SMA also cites as strengths Ryerson’s several entrepreneurial zones, including the Innovation Centre for Urban Energy (iCUE), the Fashion Zone, the Design Fabrication Zone, and the Transmedia Zone. Ryerson’s contributions to urban ecosystem research are also noted. The SMA further emphasizes Ryerson’s support for online learning, distance education, and adult learning, and its commitment to education access for underrepresented groups including first-generation students, Aboriginal students, persons with disabilities, and internationally educated professionals. The SMA identifies 5 proposed areas of program growth: innovation and entrepreneurship, design and technology, management and competitiveness, creative economy and culture, and health and technology. Ryerson SMA