Canada faces an unstable future. Established partners are frequently rolling inward, and technological advancements and industrialization are drastically changing the labor market. Our capacity to diversify trade relations, adapt to those changes, invest in talent, and instill a mindset of lifetime learning will be the keys to Canada’s success in an increasingly shifting, global knowledge economy.
In this period of unprecedented global change, next-generation research talent, global study, indigenous student success, learning edge research, and training centers will equip Canada to compete on the world stage.
Aim To Provide 100 % Hands-on Learning
Universities Canada supports the appeal by the Business-Higher Education Roundtable with a goal that 100 percent of post-secondary students have access to work-integrated knowledge.
To equip young Canadians with the skills required to achieve their potential and adapt to the changing nature of work, we will need to support more students to learn by performing. Canada requires to develop work-integrated learning programs and strengthen support for public-sector work-integrated and more personal learning placements to students’ needs.
Only 11% Participate In Studies Abroad
There are clear benefits of an international study to building future skills, but only 11 percent of students go abroad to gain skills that benefit from global experiences within the course of their degree.
To provide a significant mass of young Canadians from all qualifications with career-boosting skills that develop them for our varying global economy, and allow Canada to better compete on the world stage, we must take action. Canada should invest in a global study by financing a Go Global Canada national initiative to encourage15,000 Canadian postsecondary students per going abroad within five years – rising to 30,000 per year within ten years.
Invest In Rising Student Enrollment
Many Canada Graduate Scholarships awards for masters and doctoral students have stayed constant since 2007 despite rising graduate enrollment.
To develop and maintain highly skilled talent to sustain our global competitiveness, Canada should form on the Fundamental Science Review support and invest in our next generation of research talent by
- implementing more individual fellowships and scholarships to at least match the growth in graduate student enrollment over the past decade
- regulating the value of all awards and harmonizing award worth to grant across granting councils
- reducing constraints on global portability of awards to Canadians
- increasing the Undergraduate Student Research Awards to other councils
Indigenous Student Success 10.9 Percent
Only 10.9% of Native individuals versus 29.3 percent of the Non-Indigenous population aged 25-64 have a university degree.
To exploit the incredible potential of this Nation’s fastest-growing demographic, Canada must invest in Indigenous post-secondary student access and success by:
- Rising direct financial assistance for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students
- Supporting university programs and partnerships promoting Indigenous student success
- Expanding financing to Indspire to scale support for Indigenous learners across Canada through scholarships, bursaries, and educational programs
Leading-Edge Research and Training Facilities 50%
Half of today’s students work alongside leading-edge researchers during their undergraduate degree.
To improve our universities’ efforts to develop talent and advance world-class research, Canada must invest in state-of-the-art training and research environments by offering significant, multi-year gains to the Research Support Fund, building on the recommendations of Canada’s Fundamental Science Review.
Helping University Students For Gaining Success
Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Human Resources. Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Canadian and International labour markets are currently going through a period of change at an unprecedented rate. Driven by technological innovations, automation, demographic change, and increased globalization. These changes are the way how we work as well as the skills and educational provisions of the labour force. With more jobs expecting higher levels of skill and post-secondary degrees.
According to OECD 2017 data, Canada continues to perform better than most countries when it comes to youth participation in the workforce. The employment rate of Canadian youth 15 to 24 years old stands at 56.5 percent compared to 45.7 percent in Germany. 50.3 percent in the United States, and an OECD average of 40.8 percent. We can do better and must act now to position Canada for future success.
Ensuring all Canadians can take part efficiently, and in Adjust to, changes in the labour market will be essential to Canadian prosperity. There’s a need to analyze how – across sectors and with government support – we can best prepare Canada’s youth for the future.
Universities Canada’s Recommendations:
To assist our youth in navigating the changing nature of work, we recommend:
- The authorities to double investment at the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program. By employing more employer associates across sectors and profiting students. Across all areas to meet the 100 percent target set by the Business-Higher Education Roundtable.
- The introduction of a pan-Canadian international education strategy to increase the proportion of Canadian post-secondary students. Take part in learning abroad opportunities to 25 percent within ten years.
Co-operation & Internships
The next generation of Canada’s entrepreneur’s researchers and innovators require a broad set of skills to succeed in and contribute to the global market. To meet this demand, universities are providing students with career-boosting education experiences. Internships and compensated mentorship programs, and research projects. More progress needs to be made to have more companies participate by taking on students.
Universities boost the appeal by the Canadian Business/Higher Education Roundtable for a way to work-integrated education for 100% of Canadian post-secondary students.
Skills And Talent For Today And Tomorrow
Faculties equip Canadians of all ages and backgrounds for the dynamic nature of work. With several jobs at the possibility of automation, several studies indicate. University graduates will be better able to adjust to an automated future.
At a time of exceptional change, universities are innovating in education and learning, giving crucial hands-on and global learning experiences, and assisting. Canadians at each step of their careers form new pathways to opportunity.
Encouraging Employees At Each Stage
Canadians at alternating stages in their professions will require help adapting to the future of work. Universities are currently embracing the opportunity to help mid-career professionals, re-skill and up-skill. Flexible programs that help students remain aggressive.
Maintaining Workforce Competitive
Global learning experiences equip students with the 21st century they need to adjust to the shifting nature of work. Skills like adaptability, problem-solving, communication, and cooperation with people from different backgrounds. Canada’s business directors understand these competencies give them an essential competitive edge.
Canada’s universities nourish the entrepreneurial vision of students across systems. Help nurture students’ business ideas, and spin-off hundreds of new companies annually. Driving Canadian business advancement and fueling economies across the nation.
Through tenacity, imagination, and enthusiasm. Canadian researchers are tackling the significant challenges confronting our communities. World from weather change to life-threatening conditions, to migration. Canada is stepping up to help and train its student population.