Photostory #328: University of Waterloo: Earn While You Learn: Canada's Engineers of Tomorrow Work Today
National Film Board of Canada
January 8, 1963
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Canada's University of Waterloo is using a two stage booster (academic lectures allied with practical experience in industry) to lift its engineering students past graduation and into the space-age technology of the modern world. Amid the fertile farmland of southern Ontario, the University is expanding its student program of alternating four-month periods in the lecture room with work in Canadian company plants and laboratories. Since the initial engineering co-operative course in 1957 (first in Canada), enrollment has rocketed. Science courses in applied physics will follow this pattern in 1963. The combination of theory and practice is sound educational value, enables students to pay their academic way with money earned during work periods, brings students and employers together to the benefit of Canadian industry and science.