For the first time, York University is offering academic programs at IBM Canada’s headquarters in Markham, giving students the chance to reap the rewards of hands-on learning, guest lecturers and more.
“York and IBM have a long history of supporting innovation, research and development and we are excited to have the opportunity to expand experiential learning for our students through this new initiative,” York President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton said at the official launch on Sept. 25.
Third- and fourth-year School of Administrative Studies students are taking Bachelor of Commerce courses at the new space. Networking events and lunchtime seminars for York students and IBM employees are scheduled and IBM employees may be invited to guest lecture in relevant classes. Talks are underway to expand internship opportunities and explore how the micro-credentials of learning badges already offered by IBM could augment and support learning.
“York University and IBM have been strong collaborators for several decades, spanning Research & Development, Teaching and Learning initiatives,” said Beth Bell, Vice President Enterprise and Commercial, IBM Canada. “Partnerships such as these are demonstrative of how cities, education institutions and technology companies can come together to shape the learning experience for students and build the skills of tomorrow.”
The new space opened this month as plans to establish a York campus in Markham Centre continue. Markham is already home to Innovation York at IBM and to YSpace in downtown Markham. Technology incubator ventureLAB, which supports tech start-ups, is also located in IBM Canada’s headquarters, along with IBM Innovation Space, a hub to more than 40 tech companies.
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