Our Actions and Goals

SDG 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
4. Quality Education

Our goals in action

Research and innovation

Evidence-based teaching and leadership

The Centre for Teaching and Learning promotes quality teaching and builds teaching and educational leadership capacity in direct support of Queen’s students’ learning experiences. They support evidence-based, innovative, and sustainable strategic program enhancement initiatives, and encourage and support emerging, grassroots investigations of novel approaches to teaching and learning.

The Principal’s Impact Courses initiative is part of a longer-term commitment to transform curricula by enhancing already-existing undergraduate courses or developing new courses with the purpose of supporting inquiry-based ‘wicked idea’ experiences, community impact, and the integration of research into the student experience as emphasized in the Queen’s Strategy. Selected programs receive a grant providing up to $10,000 in one-time funding to develop their proposed course.

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Commitment to research integrity and excellence

Our Research Integrity Policy is a foundational commitment to strive for research and scholarly practices that exemplify honesty, truthfulness, fairness, respect, responsibility, and the courage to adhere to these values, according to the International Center for Academic Integrity.

Teaching and student life

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Queen's University is committed to providing an educational experience that will build upon the principles of fairness and inclusiveness the hallmarks of our Educational Equity Policy.

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Accessible learning outside the classroom

Queen’s offers learning opportunities outside our classrooms. Students and faculty also have access to Open Educational Resources, free digital teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license. These resources provide equal access to quality education by making lectures, books, and curricula widely accessible online for free.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is a trailblazer in distance education, offering online courses and programs that are distinguished by their exceptional quality. These courses offer students the best possible learning experience no matter where they are.

Professional, executive and continuing education at Queen’s

Queen’s offers numerous Professional, Executive, and Continuing Education programs through the faculties of Arts and Science, Education, Law, and Medicine, as well as the School of Nursing. The School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs also runs numerous Master’s and Doctoral programs. Furthermore, the Smith School of Business, the Industrial Relations Centre, and the School of Policy Studies offer executive education, digital learning, and open enrolment courses for professionals at all stages of their career.

Inspiring learning among Indigenous communities

The Indigenous Futures in Engineering program aims to encourage more Indigenous youth to become engineers by promoting math and science in elementary and high schools, offering culturally relevant educational materials for Indigenous youth and their teachers, and enabling access to post-secondary study.


Community impact

Public resources for lifelong learning

Queen’s is proud to provide access to educational resources for the community beyond our campus, including access to computers, online courses, and lectures. The University Library welcomes visitors from the community to visit our facilities, access our collections, and borrow books.

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Public events for lifelong learning

Queen’s hosts regular on-campus events including lectures and community educational sessions that are open to the public. The Queen’s University Events Calendar highlights events taking place online or in-person at the university.

Additionally, Queen’s faculty, staff, and students participate in educational outreach activities in local schools and in the community. The Smith School of Business also offers regular free Business Insight webinars for the public on themes relating to business, finance, and leadership.

Science outreach in the community

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Queen’s faculty and students offer a variety of educational programs in the Kingston community. Science Rendezvous Kingston is a family-friendly event that allows community members to meet and talk to Queen’s researchers, conduct experiments, and learn about the possibilities of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Sistema Kingston, run by the Queen’s Faculty of Education, is a free after-school music program that focuses on positive social change through the pursuit of musical excellence. Sistema Kingston’s group-centred music instruction emphasizes inclusivity and teamwork, builds personal persistence, and fosters creativity and personal responsibility.

The Tech ‘n’ Tinker (TNT) Trailer is a mobile classroom that travels to schools, community organizations, and public events in the greater Kingston area, providing hands-on learning that complements the Ontario Kindergarten to Grade 8 curriculum. The Trailer is part of Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science's outreach programming.

The Queen’s Department of Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy runs a free annual IDEAS (Innovation, Diversity, Exploration & Advancement in Stem) Camp for youth in Grades 7 to 9. Campers explore the cosmos and carry out science experiments with the guidance of leading female scientists.

The Black Youth in STEM program, delivered by current Queen’s engineering students, is open to students in grades 1 through 8 in the Kingston area and offers free lessons in coding and robotics.

Global reach

Partnerships to increase access

We are proud of our long-term agreement with the Karta Initiative, which enables talented, low-income youth from rural India to study at Queen’s. In 2021, Queen’s welcomed our first Karta Scholars.

Free learning beyond our borders

Queen’s offers free online courses in a variety of subjects through the global non-profit edX organization. Students can enroll for select courses from anywhere in the world and can even choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.

2022 Announcement

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7th in the world

7th in the World

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