WesternU SMA cites interdisciplinary research, commercialization as core strengths

September 8, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) signed between Ontario and Western University identifies as areas of differentiation WesternU’s comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs and mentions its particular strengths in imaging, materials and biomaterials, philosophy of science, big data, management, neuroscience, and finance, among others. The SMA recognizes WesternU’s contributions to jobs, innovation, and economic development through its WORLDiscoveries commercialization office, the Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research, and Western Research Parks. As further strengths, the SMA mentions Western’s high performance on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), as well as the institution’s support for experiential and technology-enabled learning. The SMA notes that 98.9% of WesternU’s main campus entering class had admission averages above 80%, the highest in Ontario, and that admission averages have remained constant even as enrolment has increased. WesternU is also cited for its focus on interdisciplinary research delivered through the Ivey Business School, the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and its economics, social sciences, and arts and humanities programs. The SMA identifies 4 proposed program areas for growth: STEM disciplines; business, management, finance, and law; medical, health, and behavioural sciences; and education. WesternU SMA