Lean Higher Education

Waterloo is part of an international Lean Higher Education network of universities focused on continuous improvement. St. Andrews University in Scotland maintains an interactive world map of over 35 universities with continuous improvement teams:

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Lean at Waterloo

Marilyn Thompson, Associate Provost, Human Resources at Waterloo, chairs the Americas group for the international Lean Higher Education network of universities. This network aims to support continuous improvement in Higher Education (HE) to best support students, research outcomes, and everyone that HE serves.

In September 2015, Waterloo hosted the Lean in Higher Education Conference, welcoming Lean HE enthusiasts from around the globe. A large number of Waterloo employees attended this conference and have since fueled a groundswell of interest in learning and applying Lean methodologies for process improvement at Waterloo.

Join Waterloo's Lean community

Interested in getting involved with Lean at Waterloo? In the coming months, we will be drawing upon our growing community of interest and practice to develop and strengthen a Lean framework at Waterloo. There will be opportunities for training, sharing across departments, and involvement in Lean projects. Get involved and/or suggest a Lean project.

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