My next University is Queen’s in Kingston, Ontario. Queen’s is one of Canada’s oldest degree-granting institutions, and has influenced Canadian higher education since 1841 when it was established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria. Before we even talk about Queen’s, we really should talk about Kingston.
Kingston is in easy reach of Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, and is where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario and the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage site). There is no doubt in my mind Kingston is a stunning city rich in history. Kingston ranks as one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named one of the top seven most intelligent communities in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum. Now that’s a pretty good reason to study at Queen’s. Within the blog I have shared some of my pictures of Kingston, as you can see Kingston is very pretty, the city needs no filter. It really is as you see it.
Now for the University!
Queen’s University is a community celebrating 175 years of tradition as well as academic excellence. The campus is on the waterfront - as you can see from my picture that’s an amazing view to look out onto. Just walking around the campus you can sense a feeling of tradition meets innovation. The buildings are mostly built from limestone, so you get an aged feeling about the place but you’ll come across new, modern, and stunning buildings like Isabel Bader Centre and the Human Media Lab which will blow your mind away!
The Isabel Bader Centre was my favourite, we took a tour from the Director, Tricia Baldwin. The Centre for the Performing Arts is an 80,000-square-foot world-class facility purpose built to create exceptional experiences for students and audiences alike. You could tell Tricia loved where she worked. Check out the picture I took from the ground floor looking out onto the waterfront. The centre has everything you need. It boasts a a 566 seated performance hall, a 100 seat black box theatre, film screening rooms, rehearsal hall and a high tech art media lab. You can take a virtual walkthrough here.
Queen’s is made up of researchers, scholars, artists, professors and students with an ambitious spirit. The Human Media Lab reflects this. The lab’s purpose is to develop disruptive technologies and new ways of working with computers that will be viable 10 to 20 years from now. They are currently working on the design of Organic User Interfaces (OUI), which is an exciting new paradigm that allows computers to have any shape or form through flexible displays and other non-flat display technologies. The facilities within the Human Media Lab made me want to work there! The lab is directed by Dr. Roel Vertegaal, a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction. From talking with a range of students within the lab you could tell undergraduates and postgraduates were at the cutting edge in understanding human-computer interaction and developing new technologies for the future.
As a full-spectrum, research-intensive university Queen’s conducts leading-edge research in a variety of areas, including: computational science and engineering; globalization studies; mental health; basic and clinical biomedical sciences; healthy environments and sustainable energy systems; social issues such as surveillance, poverty and bullying.
The human media lab.
I spent some time in the City of Kingston as well as at the university. You could sense that the university was part of the community. Interestingly, 95% of the student population comes from outside of Kingston and students come from over 100 different countries. With a 10% international student population, Queen’s offers students an international experience.
You will feel right at home at Queen's, they even have a red telephone box!
Queen’s really does live and breathe tradition and innovation. For more information check out the Queen's University website here.
International Education Week is a platform that aims to connect UK Students with universities outside the UK. It is the first official week dedicated to studying overseas. Look out for our event dates in the 2017/18 academic year.
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