The Faculty of Environment is pleased to announce that beginning this Fall term, 2014, the Centre for Knowledge Integration will officially become Department of Knowledge Integration.
The Department of Knowledge Integration (KI) joins Environment and Resource Studies (ERS), the Department of Geography and Environmental Management (GEM), the School of Planning (SOP), and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) as Environment’s core academic units.
Also this Fall, long-time unit director, and KI founder, Ed Jernigan is stepping down from his role. Rob Gorbet succeeds Jernigan as KI Chair.
“KI is excited and proud to gain department status,” said Gorbet. “The creation of a brand new degree program in the Bachelor of Knowledge Integration was a bold challenge; one we all believe in wholeheartedly. We are pleased at this positive recognition of its value and viability on the part of the Faculty and University. Of course, we look forward to continuing to provide a challenging, transdisciplinary education for our students in our new capacity as a Department.”
The Centre for Knowledge Integration (CKI) was established in 2007 in the Faculty, with the primary mission of developing and sustaining the new undergraduate degree program in Knowledge Integration. That program grew out of a university wide high school outreach and enrichment program, Waterloo Unlimited, created in 2004. KI has now operated Waterloo Unlimited for ten years and has graduated three cohorts of Knowledge Integration students, as well as running the national award winning Shad Valley summer program on behalf of the university.
The integration of KI within the Faculty of Environment has been very successful. Not only has KI deepened our interdisciplinary approach, which is a hallmark of our Faculty, it has contributed significantly to develop the problem solving skills of our students. The recent faculty hires fit exceptionally well with the vision of the Faculty of Environment and are already well integrated within the activities of KI and the Faculty at large.