The Work-Learn Institute is the only institute in the world dedicated to research on co-operative education and other forms of work-integrated learning. Founded in 2002 (as Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education) on the basis that, with the largest co-operative education program in the world, we have the largest dataset to study, understand and continue to advance its practice.

What we strive for

To advance research for global impact on the development of talent for a complex future.

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What we do

What we do


Conduct research on the role of co-op and work-integrated learning in the development of talent for the future of work


Shape innovations


Test innovations in work-integrated learning to adapt to the changing needs of students and employers




Share data-derived insights through presentations and various forms of publication


Sustainable impact


Engage with the work-integrated learning community including researchers, educators, employers, students and other WIL advocates