-A Canadian global leader in two-dimensional physics and technology,
Building on an outstanding record of achievement in collaborative research and education, in 1997 the University of Toronto and Nortel Networks created the Nortel Institute for Telecommunications to mount a substantial, comprehensive and focused effort to drive the evolution of information technologies, while at the same time supporting the growth of the Canadian industry. The Institute’s interdependent missions are designed to address and respond to specific challenges, and, in so doing, propel the Institute to where information technologies are expected to intersect and merge into entirely new technologies. When fully developed as envisioned, the Nortel Institute will achieve its vision of global leadership in telecommunications research and education, creating lasting benefits for future generations.
In the increasingly competitive global economy, the Nortel Institute represents a concerted, focused and substantial effort to seize and maintain a technological advantage for Canada now and for the future. The Institute was created in response to a number of challenges and trends in Canadian society, the industry and the global economy.
The Institute is responding to the challenges of change through four tightly linked and interdependent programs that are designed to support, inform and assist one another, creating value and benefits for society:
Research and development: Accelerating the advance and convergence of information technologies through the promotion, facilitation and conduct of intensely collaborative research and development;
Education and training: Preparing new generations of innovative researchers and highly qualified personnel, training and retraining students and industry personnel, and updating executives and policy-makers;
Strategic Analysis: Establishing national and international leadership through think tank sessions to identify and assess the scenarios, directions and paths of future technology development, producing independent, multi-perspective resources for advising industry, academic and government planners;
Information exchange: Providing two-way bridges among industry, academia and government to link up and tap into a greater mass of resources and talent.
By means of these interlinked programs, the Institute achieves its goals: