Durham College (DC) and Molecular Science Corp. (MSC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize their collaboration on professional and post-secondary learning, including opportunities for student experiential learning placements and collaboration on research initiatives related to the medical and recreational cannabis industry. DC is the first post-secondary institution to establish such an agreement with MSC.
“Strong partnerships with industry leaders such as Molecular Science Corp. are vital to the success of our students,” said Don Lovisa, president, DC. “With a particular focus on the identification and measurement of natural health products in cannabis, statistical data interpretation and analytical research and development in pursuit of quality assurance, the experience and expertise the MSC team will bring to the college’s ongoing development of leading cannabis-focused education will be invaluable.”
Under the agreement, MSC will provide scientific research context and methodologies to DC as new cannabis-related courses and programs are expanded to enhance DC’s existing educational offerings, including the new Cannabis Industry Specialization certificate program and two-day Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals course. DC will provide MSC with access to cannabis educational materials and expertise, students to fulfill internships as well as resources for their mobile lab platform.
The MOU will also see MSC support the college as an advisor on equipment acquisition and by providing guest speakers to address post-secondary and professional development-level students. A senior representative from MSC will also join DC’s Cannabis Industry Program Advisory Committee, members of which advise the college on a wide range of topics that directly impact the success of students and graduates.
“Durham College has established itself as a leader in cannabis education and MSC is very pleased to collaborate in areas of strategic value to both organizations,” said Ian Morton, chief operating officer, MSC. “We see significant opportunity in terms of capacity building, talent recruitment, internships and integrated service offerings that will benefit both organizations.”
The partnership between DC and MSC represents the third major collaboration between the college and leading organizations in the cannabis industry. DC also has agreements in place with GrowWise Health Limited and Ample Organics.