The University of Calgary has released its plan, Unstoppable, to keep its Eyes High ambitions to be a great research university at the heart of a resilient community.
One of the big ideas within this plan is a bold approach to partnerships and innovation at the University that will see more – and deeper – community and industry partnerships. These partnerships will advance learning objectives, further our research enterprise, improve our business operations and generate revenue – all within a University framework that ensures academic integrity and community value.
The University of Calgary has always been deeply integrated with our community. This integration and sharing of expertise has provided significant benefits – everything from guest lecturers to the ability to test academic theory in an industrial setting.
This commitment to integration and results – seen in everything from co-op programs to a water research facility integrated in a City waste treatment centre - is part of what makes the University of Calgary special.
These partnerships have often been ad hoc and have often occurred in spite of systems and processes, not because of them.
We will be building a University of Calgary playbook for community partnership. It will give scholars, departments and faculties the tools and guidance needed to foster cooperation and further integrate with the community in a way that provides value to both sides. This approach provides a roadmap from one-off collaborations to institution-wide integrated partnerships.