INTER-INSTITUTIONAL AND INTEROSECTORAL COLLABORATIONS
OCAD U collaborates on a project basis with Canadian research universities and institutes. This occurs through networked projects such as the CDRN, MDCN, the Inclusive Design Network, iMATTER and other smaller networks. Some of these relationships are long-term and cross many disciplinary areas. For example, OCAD U works closely with: the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), the Rotman School of Management and the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto; with Fine Arts at Concordia University and the University of Calgary; with Interactive Arts at Simon Fraser University and with the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design; with MaRS, the University of Cape Breton, Ryerson University, York University, McMaster University and The Banff Centre.
OCAD U also works closely with community groups and cultural institutions, including organizations in the Aboriginal, South Asian and Chinese-Canadian communities.
OCAD U has partnerships with international institutions such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Bristol, UIAH and University of Oulu in Finland, Universidad National Autónoma de México; Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero in Argentina, and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in the U.K. A number of these relationships exist through Memoranda of Understanding, enabling longterm shared discovery and HQP exchange.
OCAD U has strong alliances with industry, especially in the fields of industrial design, new-media, cultural industries, emerging materials, mobile technology and research. These relationships include TELUS, Xerox, IBM, Nokia and a host of SMEs in the design and technology sectors. SMEs offer technology transfer as partners.