Magazine article New Internationalist

Real-World Solutions in Guelph

Magazine article New Internationalist

Real-World Solutions in Guelph

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In Ontario, the University of Guelph's 'BetterPlanet Project' aims to coax the university out of the ivory tower and into the streets. The school has earmarked $200 million in funding for research into four key issues over the next few years: food, the environment, communities and health. The money will be used to develop new curriculum and first-year seminars, to provide teaching support, scholarships and research chairs - as well as new centres for innovation and collaboration.

The project is an attempt to direct the university's teaching and research to the solution of global problems. It will forge links between students, the local community and international partners.

Aaron Massecar of Guelph's alumni department highlights one example of this new outreach. 'In India, our researchers are addressing water-related illnesses that are a leading cause of sickness and death in slum communities, especially among children and the elderly. …

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