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1.7Mstudents at Canadian universities in 2014-2015
There were 979,000 full-time students and 312,000 part-time students in 2014-2015.
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.
As a $35 billion enterprise in direct expenditures, universities are significant drivers of economic prosperity. They provide employment for close to 250,000 people.
Jobs and skills
Providing students with career-boosting learning opportunities
Four out of five employers surveyed say co-op and internship students are a source of new talent and potential future employees.
More than half of today’s undergraduates benefit from experiential learning – such as co-ops, internships and service learning – as part of their university education.
25%growth in co-ops
Enrolment in co-op programs at universities has jumped by 25 percent in recent years, from 53,000 students in 2006 to 65,000 students in 2013.
$65K+Arts grads earn good incomes
Social science and humanities grads share in the income premium for university graduates. For example, full-time workers with degrees in history earn, on average, above $65,000 annually.
32universities are business incubators
Thirty-two universities are members of the Canadian Association of Business Incubators, a national association that supports the growth of new and early-stage businesses.
55%of leaders are liberal arts grads
The social sciences and humanities make up more than half of bachelor’s degrees among current professional leaders with higher education qualifications, across 30 countries and all sectors.
Closing the gap for Indigenous students
9.8%have university degrees
Only 9.8 percent of Indigenous people aged 25 to 64 in Canada have a university degree.
2/3of universities offer transition programs
Programs that help Indigenous students transition into university studies are offered by 61 Canadian universities.
With a university degree, Indigenous graduates can earn 50 percent more than their peers with only a high school diploma.
82%employment with financial support
Eighty-two percent of Indigenous students who received funding from Indspire found work after their studies, and 84 percent of them are serving Indigenous people in their career.
71%of universities link with Indigenous communities
Seventy-one percent of universities partner with local Indigenous communities, offering outreach programs, educational support and mentorship opportunities to students.
1/3of programs offered off campus
More than a third of programs designed for Indigenous students are offered off campus, increasing access to university education in remote communities.
Fostering cross-cultural competencies and adaptability
3.1%of students study abroad every year
Just 3.1 percent of full-time undergraduates (about 25,000) had a short-term international experience in 2012-13. Only 2.6 percent had a for-credit experience abroad.
82%cite enhanced competitiveness
Eighty-two percent of employers that hire recruits with international and intercultural experiences say these employees enhance their company’s competitiveness.
91%of universities say funding a challenge
Although 78 percent of universities provide some funding to support study abroad initiatives, 91 percent say that lack of funds is one of the top three reasons for low student mobility rates.
10%of students leave their province
Current estimates suggest that only one in 10 young Canadians crosses a provincial border to complete their university degree.
97%of universities offer international experiences
Ninety-seven percent of universities offer their students international experiences such as academic coursework, field schools, work-terms and community service learning.
2/3of managers say Canada at risk
Two out of three hiring managers say Canada is at risk of being left behind dynamic global economies like China, India and Brazil unless young Canadians learn to think more globally.
Research and innovation
Positioning Canada as a global leader in research and innovation
Universities performed over $12 billion in R&D in 2014, accounting for 40 percent of total Canadian research and development.
$1Bin research for business
Every year, Canada’s universities conduct close to $1 billion in research for businesses and help build their competitive advantage.
$1.2Bin research for not-for-profit sector
Universities conduct $1.2 billion in research annually for the not-for-profit sector, which has nearly tripled since 2000.
1,500companies in university research parks
Nearly 1,500 companies and government labs are located in 26 university research and technology parks. They employ about 65,000 people and generate $4.3 billion in GDP.
40%of faculty are internationally trained
Forty percent of faculty at Canadian universities have at least one international degree.
6%decrease in funding
Taking inflation into account, funding for the federal research councils has decreased by six percent since 2007.
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