Policy Briefing: Universities and Colleges Research
All the national parties have made welcome commitments to increase federal funding for minority language education in their platforms. Missing, however, is a comprehensive vision for post-secondary education in Canada, writes Brenda Austin-Smith. The Hill Times photographs by Sam Garcia and Andrew Meade
A commitment to affordable, high quality, accessible, and inclusive post-secondary education for all demands strong federal leadership to close the gap on Indigenous education and better serve minority language students.
The number of international students may rise this year compared to 2020, but travel restrictions related to COVID-19 variants may be a roadblock, according to Universities Canada president Paul Davidson.
Investment in Canada’s colleges and institutions truly is an investment in the people, businesses, and communities that will lead Canada’s economic recovery. We are proud of the role we play in this important work.
The higher education sector can help facilitate solutions to the most challenging and pressing issues facing our society, and the current refugee crisis is one of these global challenges that we all have a moral obligation to address.
Currently only three per cent of refugees access higher education. At a time when the UNHCR has set a lofty goal of increasing access to 15 per cent by 2030, internationalization has to be about more than revenue generation by student mobility.
The federal government must use its power of the purse to create new funding arrangements with the provinces to increase mental health care services, and reduce wait times, on campuses across the country.
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