The Evolution of Higher Education: Shifting to Interdisciplinary and Life-long Learning Models

About the event

On December 10, at 4:00 PM, the ISSP was delighted to host a panel of experts to discuss the current status of higher education in Canada.

Societal and employer needs are evolving rapidly, and knowledge generation is taking place faster than ever before. This is pressuring higher education systems’ existing models of learning and training, which must become more flexible, interdisciplinary and problem-focused, and encourage students to engage in life-long learning. What are the main drivers prompting change? What are some of the new models of learning and training? What are the obstacles and opportunities? How is Canada positioned internationally on this front? Panel participants explored these questions from a variety of public, private, academic and civil society perspectives at the domestic and international levels.

Welcome Remarks

Martine Lagace

Martine Lagacé
Associate Vice-President Research Promotion and Development, uOttawa


Monica Gattinger

Monica Gatinger
Director, ISSP and Full Professor at the School of Political Studies, uOttawa


Denise Amyot

Denise Amyot
President and CEO, Colleges and Institutes Canada


Jason Blackstock

Jason Blackstock
Inaugural Director, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London


Kimberly Girling
Research and Policy Director, Evidence for Democracy


Leah Nord
Director, Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth, Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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