In a world where innovative techniques, technologies and businesses created anywhere disrupt markets everywhere, the federal government’s decision to pursue an Innovation Agenda is timely and important.
At nearly 37 million people, Canadians make up a tiny fraction of the world’s population. We are a very small group of people in a very large global community of 7 billion people. But we punch above our weight.
In recent months, the Government of Canada announced a bold vision for a national innovation agenda.
Two of the biggest economic challenges facing Canada today are talent development and business innovation. If we are to address those challenges and meet the needs of 21st Century economies and communities, the philosophy of university education needs to expand.
Universities… are the great opportunity equalizers. They are society’s educators, generators of new ideas, and engines of social, cultural and economic prosperity.
University of Alberta’s class of 2019 joins more than one million other undergraduate students in Canada heading to class this fall. The vast majority will study in public institutions, supported by the dollars and the expectations of their fellow Canadians. Is that support justified?
In a few weeks, close to a million undergraduate university students will head off to campuses across Canada. About a quarter of them are first-year students, and they’re in for a life-changing experience.
Canadian research universities are both cause and catalyst in realizing Canada’s enormous potential. As we head into a federal election campaign, there is no better opportunity to articulate a vision for that potential, and to inspire Canadians to think about all we can achieve.
In most corners of our great nation, it is well-recognized that Canada’s research-intensive universities conduct a tremendous amount of fascinating – and, in many cases, world-leading – scholarship.
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