Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sask Polytech loves applied research

Making research work takes heart

Applied research is a big deal at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Rooted in the ideals of innovation and collaboration, the work being done at the Office of Applied Research and Innovation is one of many features that make us a first-choice polytechnic in Canada.
Providing a direct link to the community, applied research builds strong partnerships between Sask Polytech and industry leaders to facilitate collaborative research and deliver real solutions to everyday problems.

"Our students have the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with faculty and industry or community partners. This gives our students added value to their education and a competitive edge in the labour market as they work with prospective employers," says June Anonson, interim director of Applied Research and Innovation.

As a vital aspect of Sask Polytech's strategic plan, applied research supports Saskatchewan's productivity and economic prosperity, allowing the institution to remain current with industry needs, while providing students with opportunities to enhance their learning experiences.

A new Applied Research and Scholarship Action Plan (2015-2020) positions Sask Polytech to meet the dynamic needs of the local and provincial economy by focusing their strengths in four main areas of expertise:

  • Business and process efficiencies
  • Environmental and natural resources
  • Information and communications technology 
  • Digital integration and social capital and health and wellness.

By working in one of our three state-of-the-art research centres in bioscience, digital integration and natural resources, students are able to gain experience using the latest technologies and equipment. This kind of hands-on learning is unprecedented and ensures our graduates are desirable candidates for job openings in a number of professions including nursing, geographic information services and information technology.

"We learned a lot about every single aspect of what a business or firm would do in an actual workplace," says Sarah Etter, a member of the Computer Systems Technology student team who developed a database for Habitat for Humanity. "It's just been a huge learning experience."

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