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Technology-driven STEM programmes take UOIT to forefront of innovation

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 February, 2014, 4:03pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 June, 2015, 10:52am

In its pursuit to challenge, innovate and connect, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario, has risen as one of Canada's premier research universities. With comprehensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programmes, UOIT has been delivering technology-intensive education for more than a decade to meet the demands of knowledge-driven economies.

With a sponsored research income of HK$93 million, UOIT strives to be at the forefront of innovation. "Our students participate in industry-facing educational and research programmes," says Dr Michael Owen, vice-president for research, innovation and international. "This is how they become entrepreneurs, societal leaders and sought-after employees of the future."

Showcasing UOIT's technical and engineering innovation is the Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE), the first and only integrated research and testing facility of its kind for industry, manufacturers and start-up companies to validate the dynamic capabilities of new products. ACE features numerous sophisticated test chambers, research laboratories and a massive climactic wind tunnel with extreme-weather capabilities that support clean and green energy development. Funded by the federal and provincial government, ACE is owned and operated by the university.

UOIT's culturally diverse constituency reflects the university's collaborative approach. It works with local and international institutions and industry partners, exploring different perspectives and cutting-edge solutions.

Equipping students with a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, UOIT teams up with more than 70 companies for co-operative placements, internships and capstone programmes. A partnership with Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks gives students exposure to entrepreneurial companies for hands-on knowledge of global market planning.

UOIT collaborates with several Asian universities for research activities, including China's Tongji University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University's State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Systems and Vibration. Last year, UOIT participated in the Ontario-China technology transfer discussions on hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen production. Reinforcing its nuclear science expertise, UOIT forges links with Japan's Fukui University of Technology on energy systems engineering.

"Through exchange and research agreements with reputable institutions, we aim to attract Chinese and Asian investors to Ontario's Durham Region, specifically in advanced manufacturing, sustainable energy and information technology," Owen says. "As a global university, we continue to develop knowledge and technologies that will be important internationally."


University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)