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About the Department of Knowledge Integration

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In the spirit of the innovative history of the University of Waterloo, the Department of Knowledge Integration provides a home and a context for two distinctive programs.

While one focuses on undergraduate education and the other on high school enrichment, the common thread for both programs is their commitment to integrating knowledge across disciplines. Innovative solutions and groundbreaking research happen where disciplines – and researchers – cross boundaries.

Undergraduate degree

The Bachelor of Knowledge Integration is a flexible and challenging transdisciplinary program for creative and diversely talented students.

The Knowledge Integration program offers students the opportunity to explore interests on both sides of the traditional arts and science divide, building their program around a core of skills that will equip them to understand and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, and be able to make a difference in and adapt to a changing and complex world.

While Knowledge Integration is not a formal co-op program, the optional KI Works program provides similar credentials and professional development for students who have their own relevant summer jobs.

High school enrichment

Launched in November 2004, Waterloo Unlimited is built upon the cornerstones of transdisciplinarity, intrinsic motivation, community, and self-enrichment. These values provide a framework for an enrichment experience like no other, bringing together students of exceptional promise from across the country throughout the school year.

The Department of Knowledge Integration is also host to the SHAD program at the University of Waterloo. SHAD is a summer enrichment experience for high school students from across Canada. Many of our faculty and staff are involved, along with some KI students!

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