Dr Mamdouh Shoukri
Dr Mamdouh Shoukri, C.M., O.Ont., PhD, FCAE, P.Eng, was appointed the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1, 2007.
Dr Shoukri began his career in academia at McMaster University, where he joined the faculty in 1984. He served in a number of leadership roles there, including Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Vice-President Research & International Affairs.
Dr Shoukri serves on the Ministry of Industry’s Space Advisory Board, the Boards of Directors of Universities Canada and the Loran Scholars Foundation, and is Chair of the Government and Community Relations Committee for the Council of Ontario Universities. He is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) for Universities Canada, and was a founding Board Member of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and a member of the Ontario Research and Innovation Council (ORIC).
For his contributions to the flourishing of Ontario’s academic institutions as an engineer and administrator, Dr Shoukri was named a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario in 2013, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal. He is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Dr Shoukri’s scholarly interests are in thermo-fluid science, and he is the author or co-author of more than 120 papers that have appeared in refereed journals and symposia.
Mamdouh spoke during the Technology Universities: Making an Impact on the World Session (Session Slides).
This presentation examines the evolution of technology universities to demonstrate how they have adapted to address the many factors shaping universities in the 21st century, namely changing student expectations, the ways in which governments are rethinking the quality and accountability of these institutions, how technology is enabling new approaches to pedagogy, and the changing role of the instructor.
In this context, so-called ‘technology universities’ are adapting to become more comprehensive by incorporating the humanities, social sciences and business into their curricula, while primarily liberal arts institutions are incorporating technology-enhanced learning methods to adapt to an increasingly technological world. From this movement towards interdisciplinary education and research emerges the Next Generation University.
York University is referenced as an example of a Next Generation University, whose defining features include a global orientation; broad, interdisciplinary and experiential educational offerings; a strong commitment to research and to the use of research output for social and economic development; ongoing efforts to enhance learning through technology; and the facilitation of community engagement to support student learning.