A Stronger Canada
The University of Ottawa is establishing new multi-disciplinary projects that will allow us to build on our strengths in public policy, international relations and human rights.
Our new Crossroads Initiative is at the heart of efforts to build bridges between academia, government and the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Each year, a team of researchers from different faculties (Arts, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Social Sciences and the Telfer School of Management) and the best graduate students will begin a four-year look at a problematic issue.
In keeping with this applied research vision, we will focus in particular on disseminating results among decision-makers and the general public.
Crossroads projects will produce pragmatic advice, drawn from a broad interdisciplinary perspective, for governments and the private sector on important contemporary issues, by seeking to answer questions such as:
- How can we ensure timely access to quality health care with an aging population?
- What is the best way for government to safeguard the public interest while providing entrepreneurs the space they need to
- Are Canada’s postsecondary institutions producing the graduates that the country needs?
- What is the best strategy for a digital economy?
The research will culminate in the Crossroads Forum: a conference designed to enrich the discussion by promoting constructive dialogue with stakeholders outside academia. The Crossroads Forum will have a major online presence, with live event streaming, interactive events, blogs and live tweeting.
At a time when governments don’t have the means to develop long-term strategies and research centres and universities still address social issues from a particular angle all too often, you can help us to both meet the need to inform people and guide decision-makers on questions that affect everyone’s future.