Ontarians agree: Research and teaching should be connected in our universities
A recent OCUFA poll found that 62 per cent of Ontarians think it is “very important” that universities both teach students and do research. In addition 68 per cent believe that the combination of teaching and research is necessary for universities to fulfill their mandates.
Why such strong support for connected teaching and research? Ontarians understand that in order to ensure student success, build strong communities, and contribute to the economic and social vitality of Ontario, universities need professors who both teach and do research. Research ensures that universities are hubs for the latest discoveries, ideas, and innovations, while teaching ensures that this new knowledge is passed to students and members of the community.
Together, research and teaching produces extraordinary results for Ontario. Let’s keep them at the heart of our institutions.