uWaterloo co-op program profiled in Chronicle

June 10, 2010

This week's global edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education includes a feature on the University of Waterloo's co-operative program, believed to be the largest in the world. The university began its co-op in the 1950s as a way to help end Canada's shortage of engineers; today, the program includes over 100 academic subjects and involves nearly half of uWaterloo's 30,000 students. Despite some challenges in making the program more international, the executive director of uWaterloo's co-operative education and career services sees internationalization as a key part of the co-op's future, noting that a work term abroad gives students a broader perspective that not only makes them attractive to employers, but also helps them become global citizens. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)