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April 12, 2017

As one of Ontario's largest colleges, Fanshawe is joining Polytechnics Canada, a national association of Canada's leading institutes of technology and colleges. As one of three pillars in Canada's post-secondary education sector - along with universities and community colleges - members of Polytechnics Canada train highly-qualified and skilled workers and deliver a range of innovation solutions for employers.

Polytechnics Canada is the voice of leading research-intensive, publicly-funded polytechnics, colleges and institutes of technology. A polytechnic education combines the practical approach of a college education with the depth of study usually associated with a university program. The competitive advantage of a polytechnic education for graduates is the seamless transition from education to employment, fostered by work-integrated learning opportunities.

Fanshawe President Peter Devlin believes Fanshawe is an ideal fit for the polytechnic model because of its great strengths in three key areas, “As a comprehensive college, we offer an array of advanced education credentials, including bachelor's degrees, diplomas and certificates. We're also very proud of our powerful applied research agenda, and rich tech-based trades and apprenticeship programs. Across these many streams, Fanshawe is preparing today's students for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson agrees, “As an innovative and transformative institution that meets the needs of its students and its industry partners, Fanshawe strengthens Polytechnics Canada's mission as a policy advocacy organization for the leading polytechnics and colleges in Canada.”

“Being a member of Polytechnics Canada elevates the College voice at the national level, while at the same time strengthening our network of partnerships,” notes Dan Douglas, Dean of Fanshawe's Centre for Research and Innovation. “As we engage with the top polytechnics and institutes from across the country, we look forward to exploring these partnerships from a research and innovation perspective.”

The polytechnic model is also well-known internationally, which underscores a world of possibilities, as Fanshawe attracts students from 70 countries every year, through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, and apprenticeship training.
Located in Canada's key economic regions, the members of Polytechnics Canada are: British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), SAIT, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Red River College, Fanshawe, Conestoga, Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Seneca, and Algonquin Colleges.

More information on Polytechnics Canada can be found at