Niagara Region’s strong post-secondary and research network is a driving force behind the collaboration that exists between educators, researchers, students, and local businesses.
Niagara College has a student population of 9,000 full-time and 15,000 continuing education students. Programs are divided between two campuses in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Welland. The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus is the centre for business, hospitality, environmental, culinary, wine programs, and Canada’s first and only Cannabis Institute and Teaching Distillery. The Welland campus programs include advanced technology, applied health, community safety, and media.
Brock University in St. Catharines has more than 19,000 students in seven diverse faculties and is recognized as one of Canada’s top five institutions for cooperative education. Brock has had much success over the years working with industry experts to develop a wide array of products, processes, and services through longstanding partnerships with businesses. These opportunities also allow students to gain practical experience and build relationships with established companies.
McMaster University, based in Hamilton, has created long linkages within Niagara Region. McMaster’s Niagara Regional Medical Campus is located at Brock University’s Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, and practical hospital experience occurs at hospital sites within Niagara. McMaster’s research in engineering, machining, polymer processing, robotics, automation, metal forming, thermal processing, micromanufacturing and CAD/CAM is also helping to advance Niagara’s manufacturing sector.