The Economic Club of Canada

The Economic Club of Canada

March 08, 2016 06:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY-Leading Disruption: Building Resilient Students, Universities, and Communities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 8, 2016) - The historic role of the university is sacrosanct: develop and disseminate knowledge. But as the knowledge economy intensifies its demand for intelligent, innovative university graduates, stakeholders are asking hard questions: is a university education in its current form relevant to the needs of the 21st century economy? Does it develop skills employers value, abilities alumni can market, and research and innovation that communities can leverage for broad-based prosperity and the common welfare?

Yes it does, but mostly through a 20th century model that leaves too much opportunity on the table. Canadian universities need to embrace deep positive change to supply the resources - talent and research - Canada needs with speed and scale.

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, leader of Canada's most innovative university, will talk about an enhanced role for universities in today's economy that drives regional innovation and responds to challenges facing the traditional university model. By leveraging the "additive" approach to post-secondary education, leading universities can build more resilient students, academic institutions, and communities.

WHO: Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo
WHAT: Leading Disruption: Building Resilient Students, Universities, and Communities
DATE: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
TIME: 11:45 am-1:30 pm
WHERE: The Fairmont Château Laurier, Laurier Ballroom
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

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