YorkU SMA highlights knowledge mobilization, community-based learning

September 10, 2014

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) between York University and Ontario highlights the institution’s highly ranked professional programs, as well as its commitment to social justice and engagement, knowledge mobilization and knowledge transfer, and community partnership and outreach. The agreement notes that YorkU is Ontario’s largest provider of college-to-university transfer programs and cites specifically the university’s partnership with Seneca College as contributing to increased student mobility. According to the SMA, YorkU offers a wide variety of programs that address Canada’s economic and community development needs, including its science and engineering faculties and its Business and Administrative Studies program. YorkU’s liberal arts programs are also noted for providing graduates with flexible, transferable skills that are essential in a knowledge-based economy. The SMA notes YorkU’s many partnerships with firms including IBM Canada and PowerStream, as well as its support for commercialization through VentureLab and the Knowledge Mobilization Unit. YorkU’s innovative Community-Based Learning Program and its commitment to experiential education in several programs are also emphasized in the SMA. The SMA identifies 5 proposed program areas for growth: engineering and science; bilingual programs; arts, digital media, performance, and design; business/management/administration; and healthy individuals and communities. YorkU SMA