Queen's University and St. Lawrence College deepen teaching and research ties
Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College have signed a formal agreement to establish more working partnerships between the two institutions. The agreement aims at promoting and supporting innovation, commercialization and increased productivity through collaboration with the private sector, joint projects and business support.
"I am pleased that that our partnership with St. Lawrence College has been taken to this next level," says Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf. "Our institutions have collaborated for some time and this agreement will strengthen our ability to meet the needs of our students and the community."
The two institutions have forged previous partnerships. In 2008, a one-of-a-kind teaching partnership, Go Tech Ed was formed to help fill the shortfall in technology teachers in school boards across the province. The college’s concurrent program in technical education accepts students in a variety of backgrounds to earn their Technological Education Diploma in one year at Queen’s Faculty of Education. The partnership provides a seamless path for experienced tradespersons, technicians and technologists to complete their trades studies at the College, then continue directly to the one-year Queen’s diploma program.
“We want to both build on, and promote our capacity to translate knowledge into practice, through well-educated and well-trained graduates who have the skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to our 21st century society and economy,” said Chris Whitaker, President & CEO, St. Lawrence College. “This agreement between the College and Queen’s University will build on our mutual strengths and benefit our students, community, region and province.”
On the research side, collaborative activities include the “snow study” looking at the effect of snow on Solar Photovoltaic System’s performance. The project includes researchers from the Applied Sustainability Group at Queen’s University and 16 other companies. Researchers from The Monieson Centre, Queen's School of Business and St. Lawrence College are also investigating a Solar Air heating system.