Equipping our next generation to communicate to the public

Posted on February 6th, 2018

Concordia University has launched a new public scholars program where doctoral candidates will learn a range of communication skills that will help them share their research with a wider audience. Scholars are paid $10,000 to complete the program, and they are trained in areas such as interviewing skills, social media best practices, crafting messages, and government relations. “Equipping our next generation of experts to become the kinds of influencers most universities prize but seldom prepare is a necessary update to doctoral programs, which have changed little in the past century – a deep irony in today’s knowledge societies,” writes Alan Shepard, president of Concordia University.