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Text on screen: [Peter Stoicheff, President, University of Saskatchewan]

Text on screen: [The heart of innovation in Canada]

Peter Stoicheff, president, University of Saskatchewan: When you talk about innovation in this country, and the research that leads to innovation, it’s going to be happening primarily at – at universities.

Text on screen: [Universities host 60 incubators, accelerators and start-up programs]

Peter Stoicheff: I think of universities as talent engines. They – they attract talent and they produce talent. They circulate talent. And there really is no other sector of society that does that, particularly with people at such a young age who are learning so many things.

From my experience, universities have reasonably close relationships, or at least dialogues, with government. Where the gap is mostly is with industry and with the private sector.


While Peter Stoicheff is speaking:

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[A researcher holding a prop of a brain in a laboratory]

[A researcher of Asian descent observing the synchrotron in a laboratory]

Text on screen: [Canada dropped from 18th to 25th place 2014-2016 in the global ranking of business spending on R&D]

Peter Stoicheff: Some way of closing that gap through industry liaison offices at every institution, with innovation and research parks that are associated with institutions, with incubators that are associated with universities, you know, those are the things that we really need to be much more purposeful about.

While Peter Stoicheff is speaking:

[Indigenous student wearing a hard hat and working in a chemical plant]

[A male researcher observing plants outdoors]

[Two young women conducting science experiment in lab]

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Les universités en chiffres

  • 35 G$
    de dépenses directes

    Avec des dépenses directes de 35 milliards de dollars, les universités canadiennes contribuent à la prospérité du Canada. Elles emploient près de 250 000 personnes.

    Source : Statistique Canada, Information financière des universités et collèges et Enquête sur la population active, 2014.
  • 1,4 M
    de nouveaux emplois

    Entre mars 2008 et mars 2016, 1 416 600 emplois ont été créés pour les diplômés des universités -- environ le triple que pour ceux des collèges et des écoles de métiers réunis.

    Source : Statistique Canada, Enquête sur la population active, 2008-2016.
  • 1,7 M
    d’étudiants inscrits à l'université en 2014-2015

    En 2014-2015, 979 000 étudiants à temps plein et 312 000 étudiants à temps partiel étaient inscrits dans une université canadienne.

    Source : Association des universités de l’Atlantique, Conseil des universités de l’Ontario et établissements individuels.

Points de vue des recteurs

Les diplômés en arts libéraux sont en demande


People criticize the liberal arts because they think … our graduates aren’t employable.

But in fact, in 2008, when the economic difficulties struck, the people who were employed in Canada were 95 percent of engineering graduates, 94 percent of health profession graduates and 91 percent of liberal arts graduates, social science and humanities graduates.

And if you ask employers about the skills they want, they want exactly those skills which the liberal arts provide.

They teach student to think critically and creatively, to weigh evidence sceptically, to look at more than one perspective or one side of every question.

The late Steve Jobs said, you know, when he unveiled the last piece of technology before he passed, he said that it’s not technology alone, but technology married with the liberal arts that produces the results that makes our hearts sing.

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