Ontario Tech University and OCAD University launch new partnership focused on the digital and human connection

The province’s leading universities focused on technology and design have teamed up to forge a new model for the delivery of post-secondary education in Ontario: together OCAD University and Ontario Tech University will develop dynamic new ways of learning, curriculum, programs and research capacities.

“Through this three–year pilot partnership, Ontario Tech University and OCAD U will combine our expertise to develop new, efficient ways of teaching and learning,” says Dr Steven Murphy, president of Ontario Tech University.

Art and design are in-demand disciplines that engineering, computer science, health and other areas of science require to establish creative approaches in their fields.

“Today’s rapidly-evolving workforce needs the combined power of creativity and science. Artists and designers seek knowledge of science, engineering, data fluency and emerging technologies to better support current and future industries,” says Dr Sara Diamond, president of OCAD University.

The universities will provide and promote opportunities for students at both institutions to easily enrol in courses and transfer credits beginning in September 2019.

Career development centres at both universities will work together so that employers can access the talent pool of both institutions. Joint career events for senior students, such as career and employer networking events, and “reverse career fair” in Toronto will include both partners. A joint series of ‘badges’ leading to microcredentials in Virtual Reality (VR) development will be offered. A student-led workshop will be held at the Virtual and Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo in Toronto June 1 to 3.

Photo: Ontario Tech University President Dr Steven Murphy and OCAD University president Dr Sara Diamond

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