2023 President’s Annual Report
Advancing quality education and hands-on learning 
Right the Future

Experiential education and work-integrated learning are shaping our future leaders 

York University continues to foster a seamless connection between academia and the professional world through its innovative Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and experiential education (EE) programs. In the past year, 2,634 students have had the opportunity to participate in paid WIL experiences, while 27,249 EE placements were made available across 772 courses. 

Recent statistics demonstrate that York University has witnessed a 231.55 per cent year-over-year increase in EE opportunities, a remarkable level of growth that reflects the University’s commitment to ensuring its students’ professional success. To support current and future women leaders, the Lassonde School of Engineering launched BEST e-WIL, an entrepreneurial Work-Integrated Learning program to help students start and grow a startup.

The cornerstone of these initiatives lies in their interdisciplinary and hands-on nature. Students participating in WIL and EE placements are exposed to a diverse range of experiences, from research projects that challenge their critical thinking abilities to community outreach initiatives that foster a sense of social responsibility. These initiatives have helped to shape the future careers of thousands of students while equipping them to become well-rounded global citizens.