Agility creates and supports innovative learning experiences for U of L students.
Agility builds on the strong foundation of a liberal education while preparing students for life and careers in the 21st century. No other post-secondary institution in Alberta has designed a comprehensive program that supports students through their course work & co-curricular activities, scholarships & fellowships, as well as innovation & collaboration spaces.
Agility is trans-disciplinary and is focused on providing students with an innovation toolkit that will serve their life-long endeavours, no matter what direction life takes them. Agility equips students with the skills of resilience, responsiveness, and adaptability to allow them to keep pace with an evolving labour market. Students also develop skills that help them to tolerate risk and thrive despite change or failure.
One of Agility’s focal points is educating students about the opportunities Southern Alberta has to offer within agriculture and agribusiness. With thanks to the generous financial support of Cor Van Raay Farms, Agility is able to expose students to experiences in agriculture and agribusiness. Also, Cor Van Raay’s generous donation has assisted the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College in building a program that responds to our agricultural heritage and the fabric of the southern Alberta landscape.
The Agility program is a key pillar in the University’s Destination Project initiative and is poised to advance the position of the University of Lethbridge as a leading institution for experiential learning and preparation for life in the 21st Century. By encouraging and enabling innovation amongst our students, by connecting them to valuable resources both within and outside the university environment, and by celebrating and supporting their entrepreneurial spirit, the University of Lethbridge will continue to produce graduates who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
The Agility program is based on three interconnected components: knowledge & learning, financial support & incentives, and tools & infrastructure.
Agility offers an academic experience to ignite interest in social innovation that consists of coursework, focused workshops, and public lectures. These sessions are led by University of Lethbridge faculty and alumni, local & regional innovative leaders, as well as industry leaders from across Canada,
Agility provides scholarships to attract and inspire the next generation of thinkers and doers. Several awards; including the Cor Van Raay Agriculture Scholarships and the Bruce McKillop Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships, will be awarded to students who want to make a difference.
Agility spaces, Innovation Zones, facilitate learning through hands-on exploration of the latest software, hardware, and applications under the guidance of expert Faculty members. Innovation Zones provide access to technology and encourage collaboration across all disciplines. By providing a physical location for students to access tools and technologies for creativity, advancing new ideas, as well as sharing knowledge and resources, Agility is able to support innovative initiatives across campus. Thanks to the generous donation of Bruce McKillop, Agility has been able to create the Idea Shop for students to collaborate and work with new technologies to develop their ideas.