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Q&A: Are universities killing creativity?

Dr. David Helfand, president of Quest University Canada in Squamish, B.C.

Quest University

Canada sends young people to university in droves, but are they getting the kind of education that really prepares them for a world that requires creative solutions to some urgent problems, and jobs that require multifaceted thinking?

Are parents happy with the education their university-educated children are getting? Are employers happy with the post-secondary grads they're hiring? Are students themselves happy with the education they're getting?

Quest University Canada opened in 2007 as an independent, not-for-profit university in Squamish, B.C. Its unothodox teaching methods include a block system, where students study only one topic for 3 1/2 weeks.

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Quest's teaching style is not without controversy. Read Quest University takes an unorthodox approach to learning to see why.

Join Quest's president Dr. David Helfand, who has taken a leave from his role as a professor in the departments of physics and astronomy at Columbia University in New York to work as Quest's president, to ask questions or share your comments about how, and whether, young people could be taught creativity at university.

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