Dr. Daniel Andreae ’72

Dr. Daniel Andreae ’72 is an award-winning, distinguished academic, experienced philanthropist and outstanding community advocate and leader in Toronto.
Among the impressive list of honours bestowed upon Dr. Andreae are the Callwood Award for inspirational leadership, the Champion of Change Award for his work to advance Alzheimer education, the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship and the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. With two doctorate degrees, one in Neuroscience and the other in Education, Dr. Andreae serves as a Professor of Comprehensive Health Studies at the University of Waterloo and teaches Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber. His teaching accolades include several prestigious teaching awards including the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Waterloo as well as the Faculty Mentoring award at the University of Guelph Humber, and he is a two-time recipient of the Faculty of the Year Award at Guelph Humber – an award given by the students.
He is passionate about lifelong education. He believes that education is “most effective when the head meets the heart” and that the genius behind Neuchâtel Junior College lies in the blend of providing cultural possibilities and a rigorous curriculum that melds social possibilities with academic achievements.
During his time at NJC, he lived in Auvernier alongside a beautiful vineyard and says that his favourite part of day to day life in Switzerland was sharing meals with his pension family and learning about Swiss culture. Even though there was a routine with school every day, and travel or day trips on weekends, each day was different and stood out on its own as a unique experience.
Today, Dr. Andreae says he is able to appreciate what he learned more than ever, and that his experience at Neuchâtel Junior College resonates with him now as a “bridge from childhood to adulthood.” He describes his experience at Neuchâtel Junior College as a transformative year in terms of maturity, growth and exposure to new opportunities and a new understanding of the world. For him, it was a chance to become a citizen of the world and the year was “broadening in so many ways, no matter where you come from or what you are looking for, because the benefits go on for a lifetime.”
Neuchâtel Junior College offers the unique opportunity to study Canadian curriculum abroad. While living in Switzerland in a French community, students enjoy an international education through travel and experiential learning in Europe. Gap year and Grade 12  high school students gain international experience and develop independence and life skills that prepare them for university and the global workplace.

A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap