UOIT SMA highlights research contributions, community and industry partnerships

August 29, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) between the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the province highlights UOIT’s close ties with its community and industry partners. The SMA notes that UOIT has been identified by the Durham region as a key driver of growth in the area; the agreement says that UOIT’s regional economic impact is estimated to be more than $1.1 B. UOIT is also acknowledged for its productive partnerships with IBM, the Spark Centre, and the IDEAHub incubator, among other community and industry organizations. The SMA cites UOIT’s support for research that directly addresses key societal and scientific challenges through centres such as the Clean Energy Research Laboratory. Other areas of institutional strength include UOIT’s support for mentoring between faculty and students, its experiential learning opportunities, and its technology-enabled learning. The SMA identifies 5 proposed program areas of growth: advanced manufacturing and energy, informatics, social and international justice, health sciences, and natural sciences. UOIT SMA