Have IMPACT: put knowledge into ACTION!
- to increase the breadth of student knowledge across active research domains;
- to improve cross-disciplinary communication skills;
- to develop flexible and iterative design thinking approaches to implementing new solutions across contexts; and
- to develop professional collaborative, networking and integration skills.
TRP Core Skills
The TRP enables students to integrate their domain expertise to carry out projects that emphasis experiential learning and Translational Thinking. The program focuses on breadth (looking at the larger translational landscape), deployment (skills around the implementation of projects and prototypes), and integration (processes around combining individual domain expertise with practical projects and case-studies that emphasize experiential learning).
The program is concerned with helping you learn and acquire core skills that are transferable between many jobs, professions and careers. These skills include:
- Critical thinking, creativity and problem solving
- Effective communication,
- Leadership, team building, collaboration and networking
- Initiative, responsibility & leadership,
- Milestone-driven multi-tasking & organization,
- Lifelong learning,
- Risk management
Each student provides the personalized contexts in which these skills are to be applied and how they will contribute to the student’s goals and objectives.
The Translational Research Program (TRP) is NOT a traditional thesis-based Masters.
Among other things, this means that the endpoint of the program is not a thesis manuscript. The program focuses on establishing tangible benefits while reflecting on better ways to mobilize knowledge into practice. We reflect on the processes involved in the various steps of translation to conceive better ways of expediting the transformation of discoveries into innovations.
The TRP is not based on the apprenticeship model of education. The program is not based on a ‘master’ and an ‘apprentice’, where the master knows all and the apprentice is there to learn until (s)he becomes the master. Translation requires a multitude of knowledge and disciplines, and it is not likely that any one individual can be a ‘master’ across all domains. Our focus, therefore, is to learn how to work across silos and between disciplines. The students are the leaders and drivers of their projects based on their objectives, and the faculty and mentors associated with the program are the facilitators that help guide rather than drive student learning. The TRP model is based on helping students achieve their goals—to facilitate learning.
The TRP is about learning by doing. Experiential learning is a process of deriving insights (theories and concepts) through abstraction from real-world engagement. Learning by doing requires reflection and testing of ideas based on practice. The Capstone Project, to which students devote, two terms is the mechanism through which experiential learning and applied knowledge integrated into a process for reflection and action.
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