Ontario Invests In Tomorrow's Global Leaders



    McGuinty Government Supports Students And A Strong Economy

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is investing in a new School of International Studies at the
University of Toronto that will create exciting new opportunities for students
and help Ontario compete and win in the global economy.
    The province will invest $25 million in the school, which will bring
together the Munk Centre for International Studies
(http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/) and the independent Canadian International
Council (http://www.igloo.org/canadianinternational/). The school will also
forge strong ties with the School of Public Policy and Governance
(http://www.publicpolicy.utoronto.ca/) and the Rotman School of Management
(http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/index.html).
    This project is part of Ontario's $970-million infrastructure investment
in universities, colleges and training centres across the province.
    Researchers, faculty and students at the new school will investigate
global economic trends, build relationships with partners around the world in
business, government and academia, and develop innovative policy ideas that
will help Ontario attract jobs and investment.

    QUOTES

    "This school will attract the best scholars and researchers, provide
extraordinary learning opportunities for students and help Ontario stay on top
of the latest global trends so we can continue to compete and win in the
knowledge economy," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John
Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    "The Government of Ontario has made a visionary investment. It will have
a profound impact on the province's capacity to manage globalization and
create new economic opportunities," said David Naylor, President, University
of Toronto. "The investment also sends a strong signal that the Province
understands the importance of strengthening our competitive advantages, both
academically and as a society."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   This investment will create opportunities for 15 new PhD students
        this year and 40 more master's students over the next two years.

    -   The new school will offer a collaborative PhD program in Global
        Change - the first of its kind in Canada.

    LEARN MORE

    See how Ontario is supporting students and places to learn
    (http://ontariobudget.ca/english/bk8.html).

    Find out more about colleges
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/college.html) and
    universities (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html)
    in Ontario.

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                   SUPPORTING STUDENTS AND A STRONG ECONOMY
    

    Ontario's $25-million investment in a state-of-the-art hub for
international research at the University of Toronto will help Ontario develop
the next generation of global leaders and give the province a competitive
edge.
    The new School of International Studies will raise Ontario's profile on
the world stage. Researchers, faculty and students will work together to
identify the latest global economic trends and develop innovative ideas that
will help Ontario compete and win.
    The new school will strengthen ties between the following prestigious
institutions:

    The Munk Centre for International Studies

    The Munk Centre for International Studies, which opened its doors in
2000, will be the core of the university's School of International Studies.
The expansion means the new school can offer more programs than the centre
currently does, including Canada's first collaborative PhD program in Global
Change.

    School of Public Policy and Governance

    Launched in 2007 to help develop tomorrow's innovative public service
leaders, the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of
Toronto is expanding to meet high demand. In its first year, the school
achieved a high profile, with its Master's of Public Policy program receiving
500 applications for 23 positions.

    Canadian International Council

    Founded in 2007 by Dr. Jim Balsillie, co-Chief Executive Officer of
Research in Motion, the council is a non-partisan, national research network
focusing on the most pressing foreign policy issues facing Canada, such as
energy, border issues, the Arctic and China.

    INVESTING IN PLACES TO LEARN

    Over three years, the McGuinty government will invest $970 million to
upgrade, expand and build new college, university and training facilities and
improve equipment. The investment includes:

    
    -   $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and renew university facilities
    -   $200 million over three years to build and expand skills training
        centres and facilities
    -   $60 million over three years for the College Equipment and Renewal
        Fund

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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