ON university presidents discuss how to deepen connections between universities, communities

October 19, 2016

“[I]nnovation really thrives within local ecosystems, places with close interaction between educators, researchers, businesses, finance, community partners and other local organizations,” write McMaster University President Patrick Deane, University of Toronto President Meric Gertler, and University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur; which is why institutions and governments should enhance their efforts to create more “porous” boundaries between universities and their surrounding communities. To achieve this goal, the authors outline three crucial steps: foster more research partnerships with non-university entities, expand the number of work-integrated learning opportunities available to students, and offer mentorship and resources to students looking to start their own enterprises. Waterloo Region Record