Waterloo signs global co-op charter
This is an excerpt from an article originally published on the Hire Waterloo news site.
The first-ever Global Charter for Co-op and Work-Integrated Education has been signed by more than 50 university and college presidents, education association executives and high-ranking government officials. The signing happened on August 6, 2019, as part of the 2019 WACE World Conference in at the University of Cincinnati.
Among the charter signatories was Dr. Norah McRae, Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education for the University of Waterloo.
“For over 60 years, the University of Waterloo has been a world-leader in co-operative education, largely due to our focus on training students to be adaptive, resilient, future-ready problem solvers,” says McRae. “It was an honour to sign this charter to symbolize our ongoing global commitment to developing stronger international work-integrated learning experiences that prepare students to address the critical, growing needs of the world’s economy.”
The charter formalizes a commitment to grow the number and quality of international co-op and work-integrated learning opportunities for students around the world through three calls to action:
- Create a significant number of new opportunities for students of Charter supporters to obtain meaningful, international, work-integrated learning experiences, with a focus on scaling up;
- Develop and deliver educational offerings specifically designed to enhance student intercultural fluency and resilience with focus on equity, diversity and inclusion;
- Facilitate conversations between higher education and business to determine what constitutes ‘global work readiness’ and embedding these attributes in a global quality assurance framework.
MedTech startup tackles silent epidemic
This story was originally published on the Global Impact website.
It began with “Hack4Health” in 2015, where three Waterloo science students learned that bedsores were a critical issue for healthcare in North America costing seven lives an hour and up to $20B every year. Zied Etleb, Moazam Khan and Matthew Sefati decided to tackle the problem and develop smart products to prevent and manage pressure wounds. The co-founders called their startup company Curiato Inc.
Flash forward four years and Curiato is in clinical pilots with a novel skin-data platform that collects real-time patient data from a bedsheet with built-in sensors. One of the first applications of this AI platform is to help predict and prevent the development of bedsores.
The innovative system retrofits to existing hospital beds, and uses advanced sensors to detect biological factors – like moisture and heat. AI analyzes the data and predicts the potential for wound development and other conditions, delivering this information to caregivers in real-time, via a digital interface. As a result, front-line care teams can prioritize procedures and increase quality of life for at-risk patients.
Curiato’s skin-data platform is part of a pilot study at Grace Health Centre in Toronto. The project received a $1M grant from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation's (CABHI) Industry Innovation Partnership Program, and it has the potential to make a significant impact on the healthcare sector.
Meet Moazam Khan (BSc '16, MBET '17), co-founder of Curiato, on October 1 at the Waterloo Innovation Summit where influential scholars and industry leaders will explore the technological inventions and enterprises that are transforming health care.
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Friends and colleagues of Jane McGeoch, who works as department secretary in the Office of the Dean of Engineering, are invited to a retirement celebration as she marks 39 years of service to the University. The retirement party takes place on Wednesday, August 14 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the 7th floor lobby of Engineering 7. RSVP to Kari Griffiths at firstname.lastname@example.org.