Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE)

Supporting students and the community

Applied research at Durham College, facilitated by Office of Research Services, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE), solves industry and social challenges through innovation and collaboration, by engaging industry, faculty, students, and the community-at-large in research projects to address the needs of a technology-driven knowledge economy. ORSIE is the single point of contact for industry, government, and community groups interested in collaborative applied research that has an impact. The talent, facilities, and capabilities of those within the campus and community become synergetic when encouraged and supported, transforming and advancing economic prosperity in the Durham Region.

ORSIE is comprised of four interrelated, yet distinct, teams:

  • Applied Research
  • Institutional Research and Planning
  • Experiential Learning
  • FastStart (Entrepreneurship)

Advancing Agriculture, Agri-business and Tourism

Applied Research

  • Developing innovative, practical solutions for real world problems
  • Connecting industry and community partners with faculty expertise and students, and providing access to state-of-the-art
    facilities and research equipment
  • Advancing technology and innovation adoption

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Experiential Learning Hub

Experiential Learning Hub

  • Supporting students in gaining hands-on learning experience and developing employability skills
  • Connecting employer partners with students to solve problems and address hiring needs
  • Advancing student learning and career-readiness

Enabling Technologies of the Future


  • Supporting entrepreneurs to succeed with their innovative ideas
  • Providing resources to build awareness and increase entrepreneurial skills
  • Helping students plan and deliver their products and services to the market

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  • Supporting and advancing institutional effectiveness
  • Information and analysis services for planning and decision making
  • Collaborative and consultative to meet the diverse needs of stakeholders

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