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Cooperative R&D employment program to support students, industry in Nova Scotia


Halifax, NS – A new program in Nova Scotia is aimed at stimulating private sector innovation and provide on-the-job research and development opportunities for Nova Scotia university students.

The $250,000 Research and Development Co-operative Employment Program was announced at Acadia University last week.

“Acadia University recognizes the immense value and experiential learning opportunity that co-operative education provides,” said Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, president and vice-chancellor of Acadia University. “This new funding program will allow Nova Scotia businesses and institutions to provide university students with quality, high-paying research positions and benefit from their emerging expertise.”

University students must be enrolled in co-operative programs through science, business and engineering, while private sector companies must be engaged in research and development in order to participate in this program.

“This program will benefit companies that require technical expertise in a range of disciplines, and will offer students exposure to world-class, leading-edge scientific investigations,” said Jean-Paul Deveau, president, Acadian Seaplants. “The program will be instrumental in moving Nova Scotia innovation from the lab to the marketplace, and thus helping to create sustainable prosperity.”