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Projects and Capacity Building

Every opportunity to use project work to enhance Ryerson’s reputation and profile globally should be taken by faculty, staff and students. The successful implementation of projects supplements Ryerson’s ability to enhance partnerships and to build a sustainable, lasting presence in the communities with whom we engage. This, in turn, leads to a higher likelihood of success for new project proposals, the involvement of additional Ryerson and partner faculty and students, and the identification of other potential areas of collaboration.

Revenue generated from project activity can then be used to expand capacity for further resources and supports to project acquisition and management. Additionally, enhanced profile in a region can contribute to Ryerson’s ability to recruit international students at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Goals Recommendations
  1. Secure one to two externally funded projects annually.
  2. Include opportunity for student engagement in all new projects.
  3. Secure sufficient project funding to cover costs of RI partnerships and projects team.
  • Extend collaboration between Ryerson International and the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation on increasing support available for project prospecting and proposal development.
  • Develop a plan on how to capitalize on Ryerson’s capacity to provide consulting and capacity building services as a means to generate revenue and strengthen partners globally (including the establishment of partnerships with NGOs and CSOs with whom joint projects may be developed).
  • Develop, in line with strategies for global learning, opportunities and funding for student involvement in project and capacity-building activity.

Identify and Develop Expertise

Working with the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, a thorough inventory of existing areas of expertise at Ryerson will be developed with reference to how this existing capacity can be leveraged for project work, consulting services, or capacity building activity. In particular, Ryerson will pursue partnerships with organizations with the objective of developing joint, funded programming. A great deal of the applied research activity that takes place at Ryerson has potential for application to the social, cultural and economic challenges faced in other jurisdictions. Efforts taken to map these existing areas of capacity against the calls for proposals from both Canadian and other funding agencies are expected to result in new opportunities for meaningful community engagement at the global level.

The Ryerson International unit will develop enhanced prospecting and proposal development support services for faculty members, as well as the capacity to provide robust project management support.