Four out of five employers surveyed say co-op and internship students are a source of new talent and potential future employees.
56%benefit from hands-on learning
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.
90%of employed Canadians value lifelong learning
Nearly 9 out of 10 employed Canadians agree that lifelong learning is crucial for career success.
Only 11% of Canadian undergraduates undertake an international mobility experience over the course of their degree, despite the clear benefits of global study to building future skills.
80%see career benefit
More than 80% of employers that hire graduates with international and intercultural experience say these recruits enhance their company’s competitiveness.
6.1%more in earnings
Graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds who were mobile during their degree earned, on average, 6.1% more than those with no global experience.
58%of entrepreneurs have a university degree
Entrepreneurship drives Canada’s economy and 58% of Canadian entrepreneurs are university students or graduates.
60university entrepreneurial hubs
Canadian universities are home to more than 60 business incubators, accelerators and start-up programs that help fuel Canada’s entrepreneurial economic growth.
40%of student entrepreneurs took an entrepreneurship program
40% of student/graduate entrepreneurs have taken a university entrepreneurship program or course.