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Algoma U Launches National Centre of Excellence in Partnership with Unity

Centre will focus on training and development in Real Time-3D Platform

(BRAMPTON, ON- December 8, 2022): Algoma University, in partnership with Unity, recently launched the National Centre of Excellence (NCoE) to accelerate innovative new education, training and research opportunities during a special announcement at the Alderlea in downtown Brampton. The partnership will develop new programming opportunities for prospective students to support the anticipated exponential growth of augmented and virtual reality applications occurring in various occupational sectors across the globe.

Upskilling and reskilling are critical for any learner today thinking about being competitive in tomorrow’s job market. A recent study by PWC noted that by 2030, 23.5 million jobs worldwide will be using augmented and virtual reality. By partnering with Unity, the leading platform for creating and operating interactive content, Algoma is upskilling local talent, closing a skills gap, and building a talent pipeline for positive economic growth. Educational programming and spin-off research activity will further strengthen the Innovation Hub ecosystem in Brampton while providing new synergies between the University and local school boards, community organizations and industry.

“The National Centre of Excellence and Unity’s innovative technology are just the beginning of something big,” shared President and Vice-Chancellor Asima Vezina. “We know the city of Brampton has aspirations to position itself as a key player within the innovation space with its location in the middle of Canada’s Innovation Corridor, and we are committed to playing a key role in this transformation.”  

Programs facilitated by Algoma’s Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) division and academic units, such as the School of Computer Science and Technology (SCST), are slated to commence as early as May 2023.  Programming will include Information Technology (IT) post-graduate certificates, coding summer camps, micro-credentials in technology, and more. Led by faculty in the School of Computer Science and Technology, the NCoE will focus on advancing research and programs in Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality (AR/VR), and the development of related solutions in computing. 

The National Centre of Excellence will also serve Algoma’s campus communities in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins. Guided by Algoma’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, unique programming opportunities will be made available to underrepresented populations, including Indigenous and Black youth. 

“The biggest change between the workforce today and the workforce in 2030 will be the demand for advanced IT and programming skills,” said Stuart Trafford, Senior Manager, Channel Partner Development, Unity. “Through this partnership, we’re proud to equip Algoma University with the resources to better prepare learners for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Those interested in learning more about the Algoma University National Centre of Excellence, in partnership with Unity, are encouraged to contact [email protected]

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