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Times Higher Education talks about how co-op at UW over-delivers

Monday, May 30, 2016

Co-operative education (co-op) at the University of Waterloo (UW) is making waves internationally. After being touted in the Wall Street Journal earlier this month in reference to a 2015 study, UW was the focus of a Times Higher Education article which compared co-op to, "a sextuple-decker club sandwich, piled high and stuffed with fillings." As opposed to the underwhelming plain sandwich with cheese and pickles which the article uses to describe traditional co-op programs. The article, written by David Matthews highlights the advantages that UW students enjoy because of their ability to land jobs without family connections as a result of being enrolled in co-op.

stick figure holding a magnet attracting other stick figuresAccording to the article, advocates of co-op education, "say that the model is creating graduates who are being snapped up by some of the world’s most desirable companies." 

Although the merits of co-op education are highlighted throughout the article it does point out some of the drawbacks, "because their courses are elongated to five years, cooperative students are sometimes too tired by the end of it to go into graduate study. They have also seen how much money they can make in tech firms, and so are drawn away from continuing academic research."

At Renison University College (Renison), Social Development Studies (SDS) offers a co-op option which in the past has included positions at a wide variety of organizations in the private and public sectors. Places ranging from United Way and Canada World Youth to Ericsson Canada, IBM Canada and the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Canadian cooperative education entices Silicon Valley, by David Matthews

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