“For all universities, societal shifts are creating new challenges. The digital revolution is transforming how information is shared and, therefore, how people learn. And what people need to learn — the information, and especially the skills — is shifting as change accelerates in the 21st century.
In such an era of uncertainty, universities need to Teach for Tomorrow — one of our nine strategic directions. Our strategic directions are guiding our journey to stay ahead of the curve on all of this revolutionary change.
Teaching for Tomorrow means many things. We’ve listened to our students, and we’re providing more learning opportunities that are hands-on and integrated with the work world. More labs, more field trips, more internships, more co-op placements and more entrepreneurship opportunities at our District 3 Innovation Center.
Turning education towards the future means helping our students Embrace the City, Embrace the World. We are giving them more opportunities to get involved in communities here and around the world, and to attend classes abroad.
Teaching for Tomorrow means Mixing It Up. A good example is the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, where our students and researchers from the fields of design, art, culture and technology meet.
Turning teaching towards the future also means to Go Beyond. We are investing in our students through scholarships and research funds and we support them after graduation.
And Teaching for Tomorrow means Doubling Our Research, Experimenting Boldly and Growing Smartly, where our expertise intersects with increasing demand. And demand for Concordia certainly has increased. We’ve had record funding for our groundbreaking research and record enrolment, while other universities are feeling a demographic dip.
Our campuses are bubbling with activity, and the excitement generated by Concordia radiates far beyond our facilities. Investing in our next generation together means we all have to continue our ninth strategic direction, and that’s to Take Pride. Take pride in what we’ve already achieved together, and take pride in what we will achieve.
We have so many worthy centres and institutes that are pulling together expertise from Montreal and around the world to solve local and global problems. And we really do have so many outstanding students. They constantly impress me.
Concordia is Canada’s next-generation university. And the next generation is now.”