80%of top jobs
In 2016, 80% of Canada’s top 25 jobs require a university degree.
Between March 2008 and March 2016, 1,416,600 net new jobs were created for university graduates. To compare, 526,600 net new jobs were created during the same time period for college and trades graduates combined.
8/10see career benefit
More than 80% of Canadian hiring managers feel that grads with cross cultural understanding and knowledge of the global marketplace are assets to the competitiveness of their companies. Almost 90% of grads who had a study abroad experience agree that the global knowledge they gained contributed to their career achievements.
3.1%of students study abroad
While 97% of universities offer international experiences, just 3.1% of full time undergraduate students had taken advantage of these opportunities in 2012-13. Canada needs more students to gain the global competencies that employers demand.
70%see cost as barrier
Among surveyed students who did not go abroad as part of their studies, 70% said they would take advantage of global opportunities if they were more affordable and part of their program of study.
$10 B+economic impact
International students contribute more than $10 billion to the Canadian economy every year. Beyond their economic impact, these students bring cultural diversity and global perspectives to Canadian campuses and communities.
Value of liberal arts
55%of leaders are liberal arts grads
The social sciences and humanities together make up more than half of bachelor’s degrees among current professional leaders with higher education qualifications, across 30 countries and all sectors. Younger leaders (under 45 years) are more likely to hold a degree in social sciences or the humanities.
70%growth in salary
A recent study shows that social sciences and humanities grads experience steady growth in earnings throughout their careers. Their salaries increase more than 70% on average over the eight-year period after graduation – similar to engineering and science grads.
Soft skills in demand
When evaluating entry-level hires, major employers value soft skills over technical knowledge. These 21st century skills include relationship building, communication and problem solving skills, as well as analytical and leadership abilities – attributes developed and honed through the liberal arts.
Enhancing Indigenous student success
33%increase of targeted programs
Canadian universities offer 233 undergraduate programs and 62 graduate-level programs with a focus on Indigenous issues or specifically designed for Indigenous students - a 33% increase since 2013.
86%of universities offer targeted services
These services include academic counselling and peer mentorship to meet the unique needs of Indigenous students.