Durham College (DC) along with The City of Oshawa and education and research partners – Canadian Urban Institute, Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering – celebrated the first year of TeachingCity on May 14 with the opening of the TeachingCity Hub.
The TeachingCity Hub, located in downtown Oshawa at 1 Mary Street, is a dedicated space to facilitate TeachingCity projects with DC and the City’s education and research partners, including students and employees.
The Hub provides opportunities for TeachingCity partners to share access to facilities, resources and equipment, and includes office, classroom and open lab space. The open-concept area will be used for TeachingCity partnership meetings, collaborative learning opportunities and co-design.
“The opening of the TeachingCity Hub, signifies the evolution of our partnership in this ground-breaking initiative,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “By providing a physical space for learning and exploration, we will be able to continue helping the City of Oshawa address urban challenges and issues while also creating even more opportunities for our students to engage in applied research and innovative experiential-learning activities.”
During the Hub opening, Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area officially joined TeachingCity through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
TeachingCity brings together academic institutions, municipal government and City partners. The partners focus on and address urban issues facing Oshawa through innovation, collaboration, applied research and shared experiential learning opportunities.
The partnership facilitates:
- developing practical, scalable and sustainable solutions to urban issues;
- building research partnerships;
- coordinating experiential learning opportunities, applied research and innovative educational activities;
- developing new technologies;
- sharing access to facilities, resources and equipment; and,
- working toward the long-term positioning of Oshawa as a locally and globally recognized community of urban research and learning.
For more information on the TeachingCity Initiative, click here.