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University facts

  • $35B

    As a $35 billion enterprise in direct expenditures, universities are significant drivers of economic prosperity. They provide employment for close to 250,000 people.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Financial Information of Universities and Colleges Survey and Labour Force Survey, 2014.
  • 1.7M
    students at Canadian universities in 2014-2015

    There were 979,000 full-time students and 312,000 part-time students in 2014-2015.

    Source: Association of Atlantic Universities, Council of Ontario Universities and individual institutions.
  • 1M+
    new jobs

    Between June 2008 and June 2015, about twice as many net new jobs were created for university graduates than for college and trades graduates combined.

    Source: Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey, 2008-2015.

Presidents' perspective

Partnering with Indigenous communities


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Ralph Nilsen, president, Vancouver Island University

What I’m pleased to see happen at our institution is the young people coming out of the communities bringing their language, bringing their tradition, bringing their history and their art. That art is where the laws are of that historical loss.  Coming in and expecting the university to provide a place for that dialogue to happen.

We’re now starting and initiating different institutes; different opportunities to make sure that a lot of the history, whether it be pre-Confederation history or indeed history back a couple of thousand years because it’s a part of the dialogue of our institution.  What gets enriched is not only these young people feel themselves owning the place but we’ve got the elders who we appoint as faculty members and they’re bringing their knowledge and willingly sharing it.  The kind of welcome that now is starting to develop; the kind of dialogue that’s starting to develop is extremely exciting.

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