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Infrastructure Investment: The Foundation of Canadian Competitiveness

Infrastructure Investment: The Foundation of Canadian Competitiveness

Large infrastructure projects have been at the heart of Canada’s development throughout the nation’s history. There are many examples: the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Trans-Canada Pipeline, the Trans-Canada Highway, the St. Lawrence Seaway, Expo ’67, the Montreal and Calgary Olympic facilities and, more recently, the Confederation Bridge linking Prince Edward Island to the rest of Canada.


By IRPP, Canada.


Education Policy Resource.


BC schools recognized for academic performance and improvement at annual Weston awards for excellenc

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BC schools recognized for academic performance and improvement at annual Weston awards for excellence

VANCOUVER, BC—Fifty-three schools from across British Columbia were recognized as being among the best in the province at the annual Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education dinner in Vancouver Thursday.


By Fraser Institute, Canada.


Education Policy Resource.


Funding Canada's universities: research thrives in a culture of excellence

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Funding Canada's universities: research thrives in a culture of excellence. While student enrolment and faculty at Canada?s universities will grow by leaps and bounds over the next decade, the system is significantly underfunded to meet the challenge of nurturing a culture of excellence, particularly in university-based research, said the principal of McGill University in a major address. Governments must increase funding, larger endowments are needed, and students themselves should be included in a dialogue on financing our universities in a new century. By Heather Munroe-Blum.

 

By Institute for Research on Public Policy, Canada.

Education Policy Resource.


Meeting the Need: A New Architecture for Canada's Student Financial Aid System.

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Meeting the Need: A New Architecture for Canada's Student Financial Aid System. To replace the current hodgepodge of programs the authors propose a single and coherent system that would "deliver the full amount of aid required to those who need it in an efficient, effective, and nonwasteful manner." By Ross Finnie, Alex Usher and Hans Vossensteyn.

 

By Institute for Research on Public Policy, Canada.

Education Policy Resource.


Looking Down the Road by the Numbers: Challenges to Universities in the Next 10 Years

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Looking Down the Road by the Numbers: Challenges to Universities in the Next 10 Years. Canada?s universities face a host of daunting challenges over the next decade, from growth spurts in enrolment to replacing retiring faculty, from global competitiveness in R&D to the ever present issues of financing and infrastructure. The numbers in every area speak eloquently of the challenges confronting Canada?s university network, writes the president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. Enrolment will increase by 30 percent over the next decade to nearly 1 million undergraduate, graduate and full time equivalent (FTE) students. In the face of growing enrolment, the university system must hire 40,000 new faculty ? more than the entire current university teaching staff ? to replace retiring academics and maintain student-teacher ratios at current levels. And while universities conduct one-third of the country?s R&D, Ottawa?s goal of becoming fifth in the world is a long way from Canada?s current 14th place standing in the OECD. Finally, universities will need billions more dollars to meet their capital and operational requirements in this context of growth. (For a collection of other articles on Canadian Higher Education click here). By Robert J. Giroux for the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

 

By Institute for Research on Public Policy, Canada.

Education Policy Resource.


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