Presenting “Higher ED: Insights for the Next Economy”, a re-branded blog series from the University of Waterloo
Michelle Madden / October 6, 2014
Almost exactly a year ago, the Local Economic Development master’s program at the University of Waterloo launched a blog series designed to share insights from our graduate students with the broader profession. Since that time, we have published six articles by our recent graduates on topics ranging from universities to regionalism. Now we figure it’s time to expand and share more insights from here at UWaterloo.
The original series solely featured our graduate students. However, we want to push the series beyond the walls of the ivory tower, so we are giving Higher ED a facelift. The new incarnation of Higher ED will share worthwhile findings from our faculty members, staff, guest speakers, and Economic Development Program students too. The latter are economic development professionals who participate in our certification courses (colloquially known as Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3). They produce 10, 15, or 20-page papers often drawn from problems, challenges and successes they have dealt with personally in their jobs. As a result, these papers offer practical and relevant insights into the everyday work of economic development professionals and practitioners.
We envision the new Higher ED to be like a great conference. Professionals and academics who are new and experienced, generalized and specialized, from all kinds of backgrounds, and who live from coast-to-coast-to-coast gather in one place to share ideas. Some of the presentations look at the big picture, while others focus on the nitty-gritty details of a case study. At the end of the day (or week), everyone is enriched by the experience. We hope that you will think of “Higher ED” as a valuable source of best practices, effective solutions, provocative questions, and paradigm-changing ideas.
Thanks to EconomicDevelopment.org for hosting Higher ED for the last year. We hope the new Higher ED will be just as (or even more) popular with this site’s amazing readership. Expect new articles every second Monday, starting with a provocative article on community branding without public consensus on October 20th.
About the author
Michelle Madden is the editor of Higher ED. She is also the Outreach Manager for the Economic Development Program and a graduate of the LED master’s program. She has published several blogs on economicdevelopment.org in the past, and will author a number of the upcoming articles for this series on behalf of the students.
About the series
Higher ED: Insights for the Next Economy is a platform for students, guest speakers, staff and faculty of the University of Waterloo’s professional and graduate economic development programs to share knowledge with the field at large. The series takes works destined for an academic audience and reworks them into a fresh, easy-to-digest blog article.
Established in 1988, the Local Economic Development program is the only master’s program in Canada devoted solely to local economic development. It offers a balance between theory and practice by combining coursework, a major research paper, an internship, and weekly seminars featuring guest speakers. Students are prepared for careers in local, community, or regional economic development.
The Economic Development Program is a nationally-accredited provider of professional training. It delivers certification programs and seminars that offer a deep understanding of the Canadian context in a convenient block format. Peer learning is combined with informative lectures and practical case studies to provide dynamic instruction that is beneficial for junior and senior-level practitioners.