Neither a Moment Nor a Mind to Waste: International Conference on Access to Post-Secondary Education



    TORONTO, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - One in three young Canadians do not finish high
school, do not go on to post-secondary education or drop out of post-secondary
studies. Meanwhile, Canada is facing increasing shortages of qualified people
for jobs that require post-secondary education (PSE). To succeed in a global
economy that demands highly skilled workers, a country like Canada, with a low
birth rate and an aging workforce, must provide better PSE access to people
who are underrepresented in post-secondary programs - a win-win for
individuals, families and communities as well as for all Canadians.
    The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation and the European Access
Network are organizing an international conference from April 6 to 8, 2008 in
Toronto, at the BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, to examine
strategies designed to increase the number of students continuing their
education beyond high school.
    "With labour shortages looming larger on the horizon and two of every
three new jobs requiring some form of post-secondary education and training,
the concerns of Parliamentary and corporate leaders are turning to strategies
to ensure that Canada has the means to maintain its traditional knowledge
advantage", says Norman Riddell, CEO and Executive Director of the Canada
Millennium Scholarship Foundation. "Canada's leaders must ensure that barriers
faced by those who are not pursuing post-secondary studies are removed."
    The conference, built around themes developed by four international
working groups, will compare policies and showcase best practices from a
number of countries.

    
    The Themes:

    -  Strategies and practices for post-secondary institutions
    -  The role of private and public partnerships in increasing access
       to PSE
    -  The role of career development in increasing access to PSE
    -  Strategies at the national or state/provincial level

    Keynote Speakers include:

    -  Bahram Bekhradnia, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute,
       Oxford University
    -  Vivienne Brown, Head of Policy and Strategy, Careers Scotland
    -  Brian K. Fitzgerald, Executive Director, U.S. Business-Higher
       Education Forum
    -  David Stewart-Patterson, Executive Vice President, Canadian Council of
       Chief Executives
    -  Sir David Watson, Chair, Higher Education Management, Institute of
       Education, University of London
    

    The conference recommendations will provide the starting-point for a
one-day closed-door policy summit on April 9, 2008, designed to involve
institution presidents and senior government decision-makers across Canada.

    About the European Access Network:
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    The European Access Network encourages wider access to higher education
for those who are currently under-represented, whether for reasons of gender,
ethnic origin, nationality, age, disability, family background, vocational
training, geographic location, or earlier educational disadvantage. The EAN is
the only European-wide, non-governmental organization for widening
participation in higher education. It is organized for educational purposes
and operates under English Law. For more information about EAN visit:
www.ean-edu.org

    About the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation:
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    The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is a private organization
created by an act of Parliament in 1998. It provides students with
opportunities to pursue the post- secondary education they need to prepare
themselves for the future. Each year, it distributes some $340 million in the
form of bursaries and scholarships throughout Canada. Since its inception, it
has awarded 800,000 bursaries, with a total value of $2.3 billion, to Canadian
post-secondary students. www.millenniumscholarships.ca, For more information
about Neither a Mind nor a Moment to Waste and the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation visit www.millenniumscholarships.ca.

    NOTE TO EDITORS/REPORTERS:
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    Media accreditation for Neither a Moment Nor a Mind to Waste is available
by filling in a media registration form available from Janet Sandor or Richard
Vigneault.
    Journalists may cover the entire proceedings of this conference from
April 6 to 8, 2008 and conduct on-site interviews with special guests, experts
and speakers. The program is updated on a regular basis and can be viewed on
the conference website: www.neitheramoment.com





For further information:

For further information: Janet Sandor, The Impact Group, (416) 481-7070
ext. 25, jsandor@impactg.com; Richard Vigneault, Richard Vigneault
Communications, (514) 497-1385, rvigneau@videotron.ca

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