Good to see the CEO of Royal Bank of Canada, Dave McKay, drawing the attention of both universities and business to the value and importance of experiential learning. Too often the cry from business is a self-serving one: universities aren’t giving us what we need, we’re facing a skills crisis, etc etc. McKay makes instead a straightforward, if ambitious, proposition: lets ensure that every Canadian undergrad is exposed to some form of experiential learning before graduation.
Of course, this will require business, colleges and universities, and government, to work together, and this in turn will require fresh thinking, and the breaking down of traditional stereotypes.
It will also – dare one say – require leadership. McKay has shown it: who else will step up?