Applied Research at George Brown
Applied research is integral to George Brown’s polytechnic culture and facilitates the skill development necessary to be successful in a constantly changing labour market. This hands-on, technical, applied research allows students to apply their knowledge in real-world contexts and develop collaborative partnerships with local communities, industries and government. With over 55,000 sq. ft. of space dedicated to applied research, no matter how big a challenge may be, George Brown has a space to solve it.
George Brown’s Areas of Excellence include:
Design for the Smart Economy
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Community Wellness, Health & Education
Food & Beverage Innovation
Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Virtual Work-Integrated Learning Makes International Opportunities More Accessible
Polytechnics are leaders in the delivery of experiential education, providing diverse work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities from applied research projects, capstone projects and teaching labs to interactive simulations, apprenticeships and international experiences. Since the pandemic, polytechnics have shifted to offer virtual WIL experiences and ensuring underrepresented groups have access to applied learning.
At George Brown College, an innovative pilot project allows students to leverage the benefits of international WIL, including building intercultural competencies – all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. The program will provide priority to individuals underrepresented in education-abroad programs, such as Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC), students with disabilities and students with low incomes. Companies from Spain, Portugal, China, Japan, Singapore and Sweden will offer virtual placements and provide practical experiences for George Brown students.