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1.7Mstudents at Canadian universities in 2016
There were 1,016,000 full-time students and 290,000 part-time students in 2016.
Between March 2008 and March 2017, 1,574,200 new jobs were created for university graduates – almost three times those created for graduates of all other types of postsecondary education 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.
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.
86%of universities offer targeted services
These services include academic counselling and peer mentorship to meet the unique needs of Indigenous students.
30+Indigenous languages taught at universities
Between 2013 and 2015, the percentage of universities offering Indigenous language courses increased from 44% to 54%.
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.
69%of universities offer transition programs
These include outreach programs in Indigenous communities, academic support and mentorship for Indigenous students starting as early as the elementary school level.
33%increase of targeted programs
Universities offer 233 undergraduate and 62 graduate programs on Indigenous issues or for Indigenous students - a 33% increase since 2013.
Studying across borders
Fostering cross-cultural competencies and adaptability
Only 3.1% of students, or about 11% of students over the course of a degree, undertake an international mobility experience (including exchanges, internships, co-op placements and volunteer opportunities).
80%see career benefit
More than 80% of employers that hire recruits with cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of the global marketplace 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%offer international experiences
The majority of universities offer their students international experiences such as academic coursework, field schools, volunteer work, research abroad and foreign work experience.
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 $13 billion in R&D in 2014, accounting for 40 percent of total Canadian research and development.
$1Bin research for business
Canada’s universities conduct $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.
30%decrease in funding
A shift in funding away from federal research councils caused a decrease of over 30% in available real resources per researcher, between 2007 and 2015.
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