A polytechnic education offers a distinct third option between university and college – one that combines the deep, theoretical learning with applied, hands-on experience. At Humber, we believe this unique combination gives our students the very best chance to succeed in their personal and professional lives.
The polytechnic model of education is well established and highly regarded across Canada and around the world. Along with an emphasis on hands-on learning and practical experience, it incorporates the following elements:
As University of Saskatchewan researcher Ken Coates wrote in a 2013 editorial in The Globe and Mail:
Canada’s postsecondary system has to align itself much more closely with the current and future needs of Canadian young people and the rapidly shifting national and international economy. We need responsive, specialized and career-ready programs…we need young people with the skills that business and government require and research that moves quickly from the laboratory bench to the marketplace. Polytechnics play precisely these roles.