TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario universities welcome a new report
by the Jobs and Prosperity Council that calls for partnerships among
government, the education and private sectors, and other stakeholders
to play an integral part in improving Ontario's economic
Ontario universities recognize the importance of fostering these
relationships and their role in providing students with the skills they
need to be successful.
Ontario universities also welcome the report's call for experiential
learning opportunities and growth in international student enrollment.
On campuses across the province, these recommendations are becoming a
Within our universities there is a quiet transformation underway:
universities are creating new academic programs that address labour
market needs, expanding career services and increasing their
experiential learning offerings. They are partnering with local
businesses and community stakeholders to provide student entrepreneurs
with mentorships, office spaces and funds, and expediting the growth of
"Universities are committed to working with government, communities and
businesses to offer students new types of learning environments that
not only prepare them for the workforce, but to have the flexibility
and resourcefulness to adapt in our ever changing world," said Alastair
Summerlee, Chair of COU and President and Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Guelph.
The Jobs and Prosperity Council, was formed last spring by the provincial government to provide advice on improving Ontario's
long-term productivity and competitiveness. According to the report,
entitled Advantage Ontario, our highly skilled workforce is one of the province's greatest strengths
in ensuring prosperity and job creation in the future.
"Today's students need a broad range of skills, and knowledge, and
Ontario universities are ensuring our students are receiving the type
of education that fosters good citizenship, innovation,
entrepreneurship and creativity," says Bonnie M. Patterson, COU
President and CEO.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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