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Ryerson, Waterloo, Western, UOIT: encouraging women to consider careers in engineering

A partnership between four Ontario universities and Hydro One to encourage young women to study engineering has yielded impressive results since its inception in 2012. The project, “Hydro One Women in Engineering University Partnership”, transforms rival institutions into collaborators.

Liberal arts to benefit engineering

Liberal arts to benefit engineering

Liberal arts and engineering: a vital link

Liberal arts and engineering: a vital link

Canadian universities work together to increase diversity in engineering and technology

Six more Canadian universities join initiative to increase academic diversity. Since its inception earlier this year, the Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) PhD project, which aims to support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students, has named 16 doctoral fellows and 24 mentors. 

Imagine the university as an economic engine

Photo: Rob Blanchard This op-ed was published in The Daily Gleaner on April 18, 2017 By Eddy Campbell, president of the University of New Brunswick Universities are often described as key supports of economic development. Which they undeniably are. But to consider them “supports” alone overlooks the potentially greater contribution universities can make as engines […]

Trends in higher education – enrolment

In 2010, there were almost 1.2 million students in degree programs on Canadian campuses. Trends in Higher Education, volume 1 looks at current trends in university enrolment and the drivers of demand for a university education in Canada. The publication provides analysis on the following factors: Immigration and international students Labour market demand Family-based influences […]


Universities Canada hosts national and international dialogues of importance to Canadians. As part of our member relations services, we also offer leadership development seminars and workshops to university presidents and senior leaders and host two membership meetings per year. These events are by invitation only.

Canadian research, global recognition

Recipients of prestigious international research awards and fellowships in 2015, these researchers are tackling big problems and helping improve quality of life in Canada and around the world.

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Gina Cody

First woman to receive a PhD in building engineering at Concordia University

How North-South partnerships support internationalization strategies

Cardinal Points: How North-South partnerships support internationalization strategies provides an overview of the Leader’s Symposium hosted by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in February 2010. The symposium focused on Canadian universities’ approaches to internationalization and how North-South partnerships support those efforts. The association had invited Canadian universities with longstanding North-South engagement to […]

Elizabeth Cannon becomes new chair of Universities Canada

OTTAWA – Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary, began a two-year term as chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors today at the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa. A professional engineer and renowned expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon has served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of […]

The Road Ahead – speech by Elizabeth Cannon

Universities Canada’s membership meeting

Equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities: Report on the 2019 survey

Mobilizing a full spectrum of ideas, talent and experiences is essential to creating a higher education and research ecosystem that responds to changing Canadian demographics and global challenges. Doing so helps build an innovative, prosperous and inclusive country – and creates institutions that are responsive, nimble and able to ensure the next generation can navigate […]

The future of the liberal arts: a global conversation

Report looks at the future of the liberal arts and how best to reinvigorate this area of study to build an innovative and inclusive Canada.

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QES Annual Report 2019/2020

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program continues to offer emerging global leaders outstanding opportunities to develop their research, leadership, networking and community engagement skills. Through QES, scholars have a lasting impact on communities in Canada and around the world.

Inspiring Futures: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships – Advanced Scholars Program

Through its international reach and research-focused programming, the QES-AS program has helped shape hundreds of global citizens equipped to find solutions to complex global development problems.

Polytechnique Montréal president, Maud Cohen, on International Women’s Day

This year’s theme for Women’s Day is “embrace equity.” What does that mean to you? I was elated to take the helm as president of Polytechnique Montréal last June. And equity within our institution was a key item on my agenda when I came on board. To me, “embracing equity” means pledging that our university […]

How Canada’s universities hope to improve equity, diversity and inclusion

How Canada’s universities hope to improve equity, diversity and inclusion

RBC Black Youth Scholarship helps student feel seen and supported

RBC Black Youth Scholarship winner and biomedical engineering student, Jemima Okanlawon, shares what the scholarship means to her and how it will help her make a difference.

EngiQueers Canada creates an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students

A student initiative called EngiQueers Canada with 31 chapters across 9 provinces aims to foster more diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The group offers inclusivity training and presentations on the benefits of diversity, giving engineers an opportunity to reflect on the fundamentals of intersectionality.

Simon Fraser University, through the WWEST program, offers a wide variety of resources to improve diversity in STEM fields

The Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST) program engages students, industry and the community to increase the participation of women and other under-represented groups in science, engineering and technology (STEM) disciplines.

Professional programs accreditation

In addition to institutional quality assurance processes of the institution, some academic programs in professional fields are subject to accreditation by professional bodies at the provincial, Canadian or international levels (for example, in the fields of nursing, architecture and engineering). Professional bodies review programs to ensure that the content of university programs, teaching resources and […]

Natalie Enright Jerger

Finding better ways for networks on computer chips to communicate

Molly Shoichet

Creating new polymers for tissue regeneration

Sophie Duchesne

Engineer, professor-researcher, INRS

University intellectual property and technology transfer: submission

Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology June 2017 Technology transfer and commercialization are some of the important ways that universities enhance Canada’s economic growth and innovation. The process through which the benefits of university teaching and research are actively spread to society is known as “knowledge mobilization” and includes not only generating new […]

Federal support for fundamental science

Universities Canada’s submission to federal science review focuses on mobilizing people and ideas

University research

Engaged, global, collaborative, strategic, connected How Canada’s universities are making a difference through international research partnerships. Research collaboration plants the seeds for other kinds of collaboration. Using Canada’s research strengths to promote growth and development drives Canadian diplomacy and international trade to the benefit of all Canadians.

University graduates

Creative, analytical, innovative, global, collaborative graduates How universities are producing the workforce Canada needs. Canada’s prosperity depends on university graduates and researchers – they drive innovation in all sectors of our economy. The research-enriched learning environment on university campuses helps students develop the critical thinking skills required in the knowledge economy.

Smart Skills for a Smarter Canada

Speech Economic Club of Canada – Ottawa Paul Davidson President, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Check against delivery [Greetings] Thank you David, and thank you to the Economic Club. It is great to see so many friends of higher education, research and innovation here. En français, one speaks of this time of year […]

National Volunteer Week: Serving our communities

We’re highlighting some of the programs and people making a difference in their university communities and beyond.

Outstanding discoveries by Black researchers in Canada

In honour of Black History Month, we are recognizing the outstanding achievements made by Black individuals in research and innovation. The stories shared below are only a few examples of the many invaluable ways Black researchers have advanced knowledge and contributed to Canadian society, including by addressing healthcare issues, transforming manufacturing techniques and creating positive […]

Building a prosperous Canada through our people, ideas and communities

Canada’s future depends upon its people, its ideas and its communities. Society is experiencing transformative technological, social, economic and political changes. Across the country, Canadians are stepping up to solve the challenges of our increasingly competitive and complex world.

Top discoveries by Canadian university researchers and graduates that changed the world

Canadian universities have contributed to global advancements in medicine, food production, computer science and so much more.

Quantum computing, brain research top list for new US-Canada collaborations

This article was originally published in Re$earch Money on June 14, 2017. Reprinted with permission by Re$earch Money. By Debbie Lawes President Donald Trump’s push for major cuts to research funding in the US are fueling even closer scientific ties between our two countries. Preliminary talks have begun between the US National Science Foundation and research […]

Angela Schoellig

Embracing robotic technology to empower and elevate people

Resources from Canadian and international organizations

Browse policies and documentation on equity, diversity and inclusion.


UniWorld was dedicated to enhancing the visibility of university contributions to international development. We no longer publish UniWorld. Frequency: Two issues per year (March and October) Format: Tabloid (9 1/2″ x 12 1/2″), approximately 12 pages, bilingual ISSN: 1183-725-X Previous issue Spring 2011 Archives For archived issues, please contact Philip Landon, director, Partnerships and Programs […]

Learning about research in Africa

Highlights from the Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants program (2010–2016). Program has now ended.

Innovation agenda consultations: submission

Mobilizing people and ideas for Canada’s innovative future. Universities Canada’s recommendations to the federal government.

Toward Stronger Innovation Systems

Explore lessons and new approaches on innovation policies and practices across national borders.

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Working together for a sustainable future

Highlights of the 2010-2014 Students for Development program. The brochure profiles the contributions of the interns to improving the lives of children and youth, ensuring food security and strengthening sustainable economies. The April 2010 to March 2014 program funded 55 multi-year university projects which included: 565 Canadian student internships 93 international student internships 28 networking initiatives. […]

Moving Forward: Summit on Aboriginal Postsecondary Education

Report on the participants’ views and recommendations at the National Working Summit on Aboriginal Postsecondary Education.

Learning from living laboratories: contribution to the digital economy

Submission of the Association to the Digital Economy Consultation.

A new path toward global leadership in research and innovation

This op-ed was published by Canadian Science Policy Centre on March 29, 2016. By Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada March 22nd was a good day for higher education, research and innovation in Canada. The federal government called the country’s universities, colleges and other research institutions Canada’s “engines of discovery” and presented a Budget that pledged […]

21st century education for a 21st century economy and society

Remarks by Paul Davidson, President of Universities Canada to the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, September 27, 2016 I want to begin with the acknowledgement that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga adjacent to Haudenosaunee Territory in eastern Ontario. I would like to thank the diverse Indigenous […]


The following article featuring Universities Canada president Paul Davidson was published in the Globe and Mail on October 21, 2016. Preparing Canadian students for the challenge of change After 18 months of study, a panel of experts brought together by the Council of Canadian Academies published a report last year that emphasized the critical importance […]

Excellence in research, undergrad education can co-exist

Excellence in research, undergrad education can co-exist

How Canadian universities are propelling us towards a quantum future

Discover how universities are helping advance quantum research and education in Canada.

Life below water: Ocean research for a sustainable future

Published by Vianne Timmons, President of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Global Engagement in Action

Highlights from the Canada-Africa Research Exchange Grants (CAREG) pilot program (2010–2012).

Mindshare: Inspired thinking on the future of Canada’s water resources

Safe drinking water: The science and challenges of protection and distribution  ARCHIVED WEBCAST: April 21, 2017  Hashtag #Convergences2017 Keynote Speaker  Carlos Fernández Jáuregui Water advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations Carlos Fernández-Jáuregui has a Ph.D. in engineering and hydrology, with specialization in water resources management by the Technical University of Berlin (TU-Berlin). He […]

Manuel J. Rodriguez

Professor, Graduate School of Land Management and Regional Planning, Université Laval

The Canadian University for Global Leadership

Speech presented at Universities Canada’s membership meeting on April 25, 2017 in Montreal By Henri-Paul Rousseau, vice-chairman, Power Corporation of Canada Check against delivery The Canadian University for Global Leadership or The “Blue Leaders” Network Introduction Good evening, I would like to begin by thanking rector Breton and president Davidson for their gracious invitation. They […]

Tom Chau

Giving voice to the voiceless

Brazil. Think Canada. Think Canadian Universities.

For research. innovation, education and partnerships. Brochure aimed at Brazilian higher education representatives and private sector partners promoting education, research and partnership opportunities in Canada. The brochure was produced for the AUCC-led Brazil mission of Canadian university presidents held on April 25 to May 2, 2012. Portuges version

Budget 2016: investments in university infrastructure will fuel prosperity

OTTAWA – Major new investments in university infrastructure in Budget 2016 will support groundbreaking discoveries and enhance learning opportunities for students. The government’s announcement of $2 billion over three years for a new Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund reflects the impact of higher education, research and innovation in driving prosperity and enhancing quality of life […]

Special Senate Committee on the charitable sector: submission

Universities Canada provided input to the Special Senate Standing Committee on the Charitable Sector’s study on the impact of federal, provincial and territorial laws and policies governing Canada’s charities. Canada’s universities are active members of the non-profit and charitable sector and they partner closely with other organizations, including our colleagues in the college system, on […]

Univation report

This document aims to highlight the ways in which Canada’s universities and their partners are innovating in teaching, learning and discovery to equip graduates for success in a rapidly changing global knowledge economy, examined through the lens of Univation’s discussions and takeaways.

Study on experiential learning and pathways to employment for Canadian youth

Supporting university students to succeed 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 going through a period of change at an unprecedented pace, driven by technological advancements, automation, demographic shift and continued globalization. These changes are transforming […]

Review of Canadian content in a digital world: submission

Learn how Canada can be a leader in the global creative economy by harnessing universities’ strengths and expertise.

Collaborative research partnerships: tackling challenges together

Learn more about the 28 international research projects funded by the Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program.

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Youth employment in Canada

Submission by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance concerning their study on youth employment in Canada. For young Canadians, a university education remains a path to success in the job market. Canadian universities share the federal government’s concern about youth unemployment, and are committed […]

Creating opportunities in education for Aboriginal students

A summary of university programs and services specifically tailored to Indigenous students.  The report includes data collected from a 2012 survey sent to Canadian universities.

Partners for a brighter future

The commitment of Canada’s universities to success in Aboriginal education Our submission to the National Panel on First Nations’ Elementary and Secondary Education.

The value of university research

Prosperous societies are innovative societies, and innovation begins with basic research. The research conducted at Canada’s universities provides the basis for innovation throughout our economy.

QES Annual Report 2020/2021

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program continued to offer emerging global leaders outstanding opportunities to develop their study, work integrated learning, research, leadership, networking and community engagement skills during a difficult year. The program’s success in 2020-2021 reflects the resiliency of participating universities and QES partner organizations in the Global South and Canada.

Meet the Weston Family Award winners 2022

These inspiring Canadians are at the forefront of northern scholarship and are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for Canada’s universities & colleges

This guide is meant to provide a reference point on how post-secondary institutions in Canada and around the world are reporting their progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Internships provide new opportunities for highly-skilled graduates

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today on support for paid internships for postsecondary graduates. This funding, which was first announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, will help up to 3,000 university and college graduates access full-time paid internships in high-demand fields such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the skilled trades. […]

Why the liberal arts are vital to our prosperity

By Robert Campbell, president of Mount Allison University

Published in the Moncton Times and Transcript and the Telegraph Journal

We ignore the liberal arts at our peril

By Alan Wildeman, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Windsor

Making universities Canada’s innovation accelerators

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Andrew Petter, president, Simon Fraser University Canada suffers from an innovation gap that puts our national economy at a competitive disadvantage. While there are structural obstacles in the marketplace that are difficult to overcome, there is a huge opportunity for Ottawa to drive […]

Three key steps to becoming an innovation nation

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Paul Davidson, president, Universities Canada To Canada’s university presidents, innovation is neither an abstract concept nor just a talismanic political keyword. Every day in the research labs of Canada’s universities, knowledge is translated into the quantifiable, practical inventions that feed Canadian innovation […]

Lemonade stands and how to foster innovation

This op-ed appeared in Policy Options on February 6, 2017. By Abdullah Snobar, executive director of the DMZ at Ryerson University and speaker at Universities Canada’s Converge 2017. Introduce innovation and entrepreneurship at a young age, well before the post-secondary level, to future-proof our next generation of leaders. In 1873, 10-year-old Edward Bok had an […]

Universities salute David Johnston, welcome Julie Payette

OTTAWA – Following the welcome news today that Julie Payette will serve as Canada’s next Governor General, universities express deep gratitude to His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston for his outstanding service to Canada and his role as a global champion for Canadian higher education, research and innovation. “Throughout his stellar career, David Johnston […]

The future is interdisciplinary

The future is interdisciplinary

Strategic research investments vital to building workforce of the future

This op-ed was published in the Hill Times on October 1, 2018 By Martha Crago, Paul Davidson and Molly Shoichet This month, the world will applaud the latest Nobel Prize recipients, marvelling at the foresight of researchers who dreamed big and changed the world. What goes on quietly in university labs and libraries today may […]

Universities Canada welcomes Sophie D’Amours as new board chair

OTTAWA – Dr. Sophie D’Amours, rector of Université Laval, became Chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors today during the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa. Dr. D’Amours succeeds outgoing board chair Dr. Mike Mahon, president of the University of Lethbridge, who held the position since October 2017.    “Sophie D’Amours is an outstanding academic leader who is deeply committed to research excellence, advancing reconciliation […]

When the world shut down, our universities reached out

This op-ed was published in Policy Magazine on October 30, 2020. By Paul Davidson, president and CEO of Universities Canada When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a sudden realignment happened both socially and economically whereby essential services were redefined by a combination of necessity and virtual viability. In that new context, Canada’s universities became an essential public […]

What’s brewing at Canadian universities

On International Beer Day, discover how universities share their love of beer with their community!

Canada losing ground in race for top research talent

Our research talent has been taken for granted. It is critical the government ensures we have the domestic research capacity needed to fuel discovery and train the next generation of talent for a knowledge-driven economy.

Urgent action for our publicly-funded universities critical to Canada’s economic stability and growth

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada recently noted that “Canada’s world-class researchers and universities play a critical role in finding solutions to major challenges and …helping create a better future for all Canadians and people around the world.” But Canada’s universities are confronting a series of serious and cascading issues ranging from inadequate research funding […]

Research excellence award speaker series

UOIT highlights the research done by Research Excellence Award recipients Dr. Sheldon Williamson (Faculty of Engineering) and Dr. Christopher Collins (Faculty of Science). Join us for their research talks where they will present highlights of their work and how it has the potential to positively impact society.

Ryerson workshop yields recommendations for implementing EDI in STEM

Stakeholders from academia, government, the private and not-for-profit sectors came together at Ryerson University in May 2017 to propose solutions for increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and advancing innovation in Ontario.

Quebec university students release a guide to breaking gender barriers in STEMM fields

The Science & Policy Exchange, run by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at Montreal universities, has published a report outlining barriers and recommendations for women seeking leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM).

Brock-authored report highlights barriers faced by mature women learners in STEM fields

Brock University professor Liette Vasseur and master’s student Heather Van Volkenburg have authored a Canadian Commission for UNESCO report on women’s non-linear pathways in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).

The changing landscape of Canadian copyright and universities: submission

Universities Canada’s submission to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology’s statutory review of Canada’s Copyright Act. As creators, owners and users of copyright, universities bring a balanced perspective to the Copyright Act review. They believe fair dealing is an important way to maintain equilibrium in the Act and facilitates educational opportunities to the […]

University innovators among six winners of inaugural Governor General Innovation Awards

Canada’s innovation excellence recognized and celebrated OTTAWA – The inaugural winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards include outstanding examples of the world-leading research and discovery taking place at Canada’s universities. Created by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, the awards honour six remarkable Canadian individuals, teams and organizations who, […]

The heart of innovation in Canada

University of Saskatchewan president Peter Stoicheff sees universities as the primary drivers of research and innovation in Canada. Universities are talent engines that help close the gap between private and public sectors in R&D through their industry liaisons, research parks, incubators and start-ups.

Membership criteria

Three categories of membership Institutional members Institutional members shall be those universities and colleges named in the Schedule to the Act of Parliament incorporating the Association and such other Canadian universities and university-degree level colleges as are from time to time approved for Institutional Membership by the Board and subsequently approved by a vote of […]

Victoria Kaspi

Star gazing to understand the universe better

Andreea Strachinescu

“New Energy Technologies and Innovation, Europe”

Junjie Zhang

“Economic Growth, Energy Consumption and Environmental Consequence: The Case of China”

Daniel Wigdor

Reducing the time delay when using digital devices

Jérôme Lapointe

Making smart phones smarter with photonics

Keith Doyle

Assistant professor, industrial design, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Research community awaits government response to science review

This article was originally published in The Hill Times on June 26, 2017. Reprinted with permission by The Hill Times. By Derek Abma A panel recommended the government boost spending to support scientific research by $1.3-billion over four years. The federal government is expected to respond in the coming days to a report that called for a […]

Universities, industry, and research say substantial investments in research needed on regular basis

This article was originally published in The Hill Times on June 5, 2017. Reprinted with permission by The Hill Times. By Marco Vigliotti After a record allotment in 2016, the Trudeau government is weathering criticism for keeping funding for the three major research granting councils flat in 2017. Post-secondary institutions and industry advocates are applauding the Trudeau […]

Ehab Abouheif

Digging up evolutionary secrets through the study of ants

Benjamin Rossman

Understanding the limits of efficient computation

Bryan Gick

Connecting mind and body to understand language

Mark Schmidt

Helping machines learn faster

Robert Haslhofer

Expanding knowledge of geometric flows 

Donna Strickland

A Nobel Prize for inventions in laser physics  

Canada’s Universities in the World – survey

The new internationalization survey by Universities Canada highlights how universities across the country are highly engaged in and committed to internationalization. This survey, the first of its kind since the association’s last such survey in 2006, presents an authoritative picture of internationalization activities across Canadian universities. It includes key findings in how internationalization activities are prioritized and […]

Innovative North-South partnerships

Case studies In an effort to identify and facilitate innovation within the context of North-South university partnerships, this study was conducted by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada to identify common characteristics amongst Canadian universities pursuing new ways of partnering in development. The report demonstrates the innovative ways in which universities develop, maintain […]

Stats on equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities

Facts and stats on equity, diversity and inclusion at Canadian universities.

Pre-budget 2019 submission: Investing in talent

Building a prosperous, competitive and inclusive future means mobilizing the talent and skills of all Canadians. Canada’s universities are well-positioned to help make this happen. Universities Canada’s Budget 2019 Finance Committee submission recommends investment in two areas pivotal to Canada’s competitiveness: Student-oriented and future skills supports; and State-of-the-art research and training environments. Recommendation 1 Invest […]

Heading north: The experience of American students at Canadian universities

Canadian universities are increasingly seeking to internationalize their campuses and to offer their students opportunities to have international experiences that will help enhance their global skills. In early 2016, Universities Canada, at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy to Canada, conducted a series of focus groups to identify push and pull factors that draw American students to Canadian universities, and the […]

Liberal arts – quick facts

The liberal arts provide a well-rounded workforce with the skills needed to navigate a rapidly changing labour market.

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Partnerships for Knowledge

Highlights from 2008-2011 of the Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program.

Smart healthy vibrant prosperous communities

Universities are a hub of local activities in more than 100 communities across Canada. They work in partnership with business, governments and communities, and create new knowledge for the benefit of all Canadians.

India. Think Canada. Think Canadian Universities

Brochure aimed at people from India on education, research and partnership opportunities in Canada.  

Recruiting International Students in India

This Good Practices Guidebook is part of the Association’s strategy to promote increased engagement with India and add value to members’ existing activities there. It is designed to provide the university community with a guide to effective international student recruitment in India, with a particular emphasis on acceptance and admissions methods, as well as advising […]

Meet the Weston Family Award winners 2023

Meet the 2023 award winners! These inspiring Scholars are at the forefront of northern scholarship and are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

QES annual report 2022-2023

As scholars resumed inbound and outbound placements, QES-supported work-integrated learning and research experiences allowed them to tackle growing global problems ranging from climate change and energy access to food security and gender equality.

Canada’s International Education Strategy renewal: Consultation for Global Affairs Canada

We urge Global Affairs Canada to align Canada’s research agenda with international education to support research and innovation excellence.

Budget 2014 positions Canada as world leader in research and innovation

OTTAWA – Substantial and exceptional investments in university research announced today in Budget 2014 will allow universities to achieve global leadership in knowledge and innovation for Canada, say leaders of Canada’s universities. “This is a pivotal moment for research excellence and innovation in Canada,” says David Barnard, president of the University of Manitoba and chair […]

Back to school 2014: Experiences, opportunities boost students’ success

OTTAWA – As summer winds down, Canada’s universities are preparing to welcome more than a million new and returning students to their campuses. The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada is happy to provide journalists with data and interview opportunities related to the start of the new study year and how Canada’s universities are […]

Fixing Canada’s skills gap

Op-ed published in the Ottawa Citizen

Jobs for grads

The following letter to the editor was published in The Globe and Mail, Tuesday September 9, 2014. By Paul Davidson, president, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Employment rates for university grads across Canada are well on their way to pre-recession levels. In 2013, the average unemployment rates in the 25-29 age bracket were: 4.2 […]

A challenge to doubters

The following op-ed was published on September 23, 2014. By David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba, and chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Recently, an editorial aired on CBC Radio One questioning the value of a university degree compared with that of a college education. The author […]

This is the path of innovation

The following op-ed was published in The Globe and Mail October 27, 2014. By Rivka Carmi, president, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Martha Crago, vice president, Research, Dalhousie University The economic uncertainty that continues to plague countries around the globe has contributed to an increased focus on innovation and the commercialization of research – […]

Undergrads are getting their hands dirty

And it’s good for the economy

By Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary

Nobel Prize win brings world attention to Canadian research

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities are celebrating news of the Nobel Prize in Physics being awarded to Arthur B. McDonald, director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNOLAB) and professor emeritus of Queen’s University. “This is a huge day for Canada’s university research community,” says Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada. “Dr. McDonald has made the country […]

Universities’ Role in Knowledge Transfer

Remarks by Christine Tausig Ford, vice-president of Universities Canada, at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa, November 27

A budget with critical investments in learning

This op-ed was published by the Telegraph Journal on April 1, 2016. By Dr. Robert Campbell, president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison ‍University Each spring, groups of excited high school students tour Mount Allison’s campus. They size up the place, picture themselves in our labs and classrooms, and imagine an amazing future. They may feel nervous […]

Liberal arts education is worth private and public investment

This op-ed was published in The Daily Gleaner on May 25, 2016 By Dawn Russell, board director, Universities Canada and president, St. Thomas University At its spring convocation, St. Thomas ‍Uni‍‍versity president Dawn Russell spoke to 395 graduates about their future. This is an edited version of her remarks. In Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks […]

University graduates enjoy strong income growth: new study

Universities Canada welcomes an insightful new study that demonstrates postsecondary graduates’ long-term earning potential, and provides young Canadians with vital information about education and career options. Researchers from the Education Policy Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa linked institutional records with income tax data to track the earnings of graduates from 14 colleges and […]

Back to school 2016: Preparing Canada’s sesquicentennial class for life after graduation

OTTAWA – In the coming weeks more than one million undergraduate students are set to arrive on Canadian university campuses. Close to 300,000 of them will graduate and enter the workforce in 2017, Canada’s sesquicentennial year. Innovative learning opportunities will prepare them to hit the ground running. Universities Canada is pleased to provide journalists with […]

Closing the gender gap at Canadian universities

This op-ed was published in the September/October 2016 edition of Policy magazine. By Vianne Timmons, president, University of Regina Universities are great institutions, progressive and designed to promote ideas. We think of them as equalizers—ways of ensuring that graduates of all backgrounds have a step up in the world. It seems only natural, then, that […]

Tomorrow’s innovation requires funding today

Tomorrow’s innovation requires funding today

Investing in research is the best way to create an innovative economy

This oped was published in the Globe and Mail on August 7, 2017 By Paul Armstrong and Carol Herbert Paul Armstrong is a professor, University of Alberta, founding director, Canadian VIGOUR Centre, and founding president of the Canadian Academy of Health Science. Carol Herbert is professor emerita, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, adjunct […]

Innovation isn’t a magic bullet, it requires a work plan

This oped was published in the Vancouver Sun on October 26, 2017 By Andrew Petter, president of Simon Fraser University It’s always tempting, when you’re wrestling with a problem, to seek a single solution — like a software patch that will update your phone or restore your computer. Yet, the global economy is no simple […]

Canada’s next researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs need our support

Canada’s next researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs need our support

Investing in pure research is unpredictable but essential

This oped was published in the Edmonton Journal on November 18 and in the Lethbridge Herald on November 21, 2017 By Mike Mahon, Universities Canada chair and president of the University of Lethbridge; Elizabeth Cannon, Universities Canada past chair and president of the University of Calgary; and David Turpin, Universities Canada board member and president […]

Budget 2018 makes historic investment in Canada’s research future

OTTAWA – Budget 2018 marks the biggest investment in science and university research in Canadian history. With a focus on investing in people and ideas for a stronger, more prosperous Canada, the budget will increase diversity in science and help develop Canada’s next generation of research leaders. “This budget places research at the forefront of the […]

Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens higher education – and Canadian society

Equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens higher education – and Canadian society

Budget 2018: A hopeful vision for Canada

Canadians have reason to be optimistic about some important investments announced in the recent federal budget. With almost $4 billion for science and research, Budget 2018 made an unprecedented investment in discovery that drives Canadian technology, innovation and prosperity.

Canadian universities deepen ties with Mexico

OTTAWA – At a critical time in Canada-Mexico bilateral relations, university leaders in both countries are building closer partnerships in higher education and research. Eight Canadian university presidents and research partners wrapped up a three-day mission to Mexico City where greater talent exchange,  research collaboration and Indigenous higher education dominated discussions. “Canada needs internationally adept […]

Helping one another to advance respect and reconciliation

This op-ed was published in University Affairs on September 26, 2019 By Jamie Cassels, president of the University of Victoria and Asima Vezina, president of Algoma University Universities and colleges across Canada are actively involved in answering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, and we are discovering that this vital work is more […]

Sophie D’Amours, chair of Universities Canada: inaugural speech

Rector, Université Laval Chair of Universities Canada Universities Canada’s fall 2019 membership meeting Good afternoon everyone.  It is a great pleasure and a privilege for me to chair the Board of such an important association on the national academic stage.  I step into this role with the comfort of knowing that the leadership of Mike […]

Battling COVID-19: Universities partner with industry, government to combat the pandemic

This op-ed was published in the National Post on April 14, 2020 By Steven Murphy, president of Ontario Tech University The problems and challenges emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic have driven unprecedented levels of collaboration amongst government and Canada’s businesses, academic institutions, associations and entrepreneurs. Together, we’re pushing harder than ever to support research that […]

National program expands to help Canadian researchers gain recognition

OTTAWA – Thanks to a new partnership between The Rideau Hall Foundation and Universities Canada, Canadian researchers now have added support in their efforts to apply for and receive career-boosting national awards. The Global Excellence Initiative, which has assisted Canadian researchers apply for major international awards since 2012, is expanding its mandate to include national prizes and fellowships. To be considered for major international awards, researchers often must […]

Opinion: Mphasis’s decision shows how great research universities can improve their communities

This op-ed was published in the Calgary Herald on June 3rd, 2021 By Ed McCauley, president and vice-chancellor, University of Calgary Years from now, people will look back on this week as one of Calgary’s best. Because this is the week we learned that our hometown will build on its leadership in quantum technologies — […]

Battle against bacteria leads to national award

Dr. Marie-Laurence Melay received the L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science for her work on virulent phages.

Inventing our way to an accessible future

December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities—an occasion to reflect on how we can make the world a more accessible and inclusive place.

University research breakthroughs in 2021

Last year, university researchers pushed the boundaries and came up with creative solutions to big problems.

Nobel prize winners from Canadian universities

Learn about discoveries that have benefitted humankind and the researchers behind them.

Canadian Innovation Week 2022: #InnovateToInspire

From globally impactful research to devices that could change communities for the better, here are students whose innovations inspire a better future.

Guinness World Records held by Canadian universities

Some of the wildest world records were achieved at universities in Canada.

What you need to know to study in Canada as an international student

Find out what you need to know before moving to Canada for university.

Why you should consider a liberal arts degree

Discover some of the advantages of obtaining a liberal arts degree.

International Education Week a reminder that study permit delays are hurting Canada

Universities are celebrating international students and recognizing their key role in keeping Canada competitive in a global, green and skilled economy.

New Canadian scholarship program addresses inequality in developing countries

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday the launch of the Canadian International Development Scholarships 2030 program.

Canada must get its house in order, or risk losing the global fight for talent

This op-ed was published by the Toronto Star December 7, 2022 Philip Steenkamp is chair of Universities Canada’s international committee and president of Royal Roads University. When you ask Canadian employers and business leaders what keeps them up at night, some may mention inflationary pressures, while others may point to supply chain disruptions. But increasingly, […]

University innovation and innovators keep Canada competitive on the world stage

Through innovative policies, technology and programs, universities keep Canada’s economy inclusive and sustainable.

Universities are a critical piece of the climate change puzzle

This op-ed was published in The Hill Times on September 27, 2023. Reposted with permission from The Hill Times. By Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto and chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors From forest fires to heat waves, flooding to extreme storms, the impacts of climate change were all too real […]

Canada’s post-secondary institutions to help empower African students with the first 14 BCDI 2030 projects

Ottawa – More than 200 African students will have the life-changing opportunity to study at a Canadian post-secondary institution thanks to the first 14 scholarship projects launched through the Canadian International Development Scholarships (BCDI 2030) program, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and Universities Canada announced jointly today. These students will be the first of more […]

Ryerson publishes results of employee self-identification survey, concludes that equity and diversity goals need to be set

Analyzing three years’ worth of self-identification information from Ryerson employees has led the authors of a 2018 report to conclude that equity, diversity and inclusion targets and goals will be necessary to achieve progress. The report presents data from 2014, 2015, and 2016 to give an intersectional breakdown of equity-seeking groups in all levels of employment at Ryerson.

Working together towards a better future

Published by Joy Johnson, president of Simon Fraser University.

Alexandre Blais

Paving the way for quantum computers

Canadian Universities and our Digital Future – report

Workshop report discusses trends, opportunities and challenges in leveraging digital technologies for research, university operations, and teaching and learning.

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Pre-budget 2021 submission: Investing in universities for a sustainable COVID-19 recovery

Read Universities Canada’s Budget 2021 submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Uber’s new Toronto research hub is a big win for Canada

Photo: University of Toronto This op-ed was published in the Globe and Mail on May 10, 2017 By Meric Gertler, president, University of Toronto For too long, we have watched our best and brightest talent in burgeoning fields like artificial intelligence pack their bags to leave Canada and make their future elsewhere. That all changed […]

Preparing the future workforce: quick facts

Canada’s universities shape a skilled workforce and drive innovation, significantly contributing to economic growth and societal progress. Check out how Canadian universities are preparing the future workforce.

Impact of research funding: quick facts

Continuous investment in Canadian university research and development is crucial for equipping future graduates with essential skills for pivotal industry roles and driving economic sector development. Universities are: Equipping young Canadians for industry demands Building youth resilience in a changing economy Expanding youth opportunities in growing industries Learn more about the impact of research funding […]

IDeA student competition: Changing mindsets on accessibility

IDeA competition: Changing mindsets on accessibility

University of Waterloo exceeds goal for female participation in STEM disciplines

With a vision to increase female participation in STEM-related disciplines, the University of Waterloo is doing more than just setting ambitious goals – they are surpassing them.

Andrea Damascelli

Creating a new superconducting material

Knowledge creation through international collaboration

Highlights from Phase 6 (2011-2014) of the Canada-Latin America and the Caribbean Research Exchange Grants program. The report includes research carried out in: Argentina Brazil Cuba Jamaica Mexico Peru Trinidad and Tobago With the support of

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President and CEO, Halifax Partnership

Paul Santerre

Improving treatment outcomes for patients across Canada

Marco Amabili

Biomechanical engineer aims to build better aortic grafts

Accelerate 2024

Feb. 6-7, Ottawa, ON

Accelerate 2024 is where academia, industry and government come together to shape Canada’s social and economic renewal. Thematic sessions on housing, healthcare and artificial intelligence aim to accelerate cross-sector collaborations to engineer innovative solutions to critical challenges facing Canada.

QES Annual Report 2021/2022

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships’ (QES) success in 2021-2022 reflects the resiliency of
participating universities and QES partner organizations in the Global South and Canada.

Universities Canada welcomes Laval rector Sophie D’Amours as vice-chair

OTTAWA – Sophie D’Amours, elected as the first-ever woman rector at Université Laval in 2017, became vice-chair of Universities Canada’s board of directors today during the association’s fall membership meeting in Ottawa. Dr. D’Amours is part of a wave of new leadership at Canada’s universities, with more than a third of universities appointing new presidents […]

Canadian Innovation Week 2022: #InnovateToCompete

Universities are common places where innovations and start-up companies are brought to life—helping Canada compete on the global stage.

Letter to the Advisory Council on Economic Growth

Mr. Dominic Barton Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company Chair, Advisory Council on Economic Growth Ministry of Finance Dear Mr. Barton, I am delighted to see the work of the Advisory Council taking shape. As the Council’s work ramps up over the summer, I would like to offer Universities Canada as a key resource to […]

Investment recognizes universities’ vital role

This op-ed was published in the Victoria Times Colonist on December 13, 2014. By Jamie Cassels, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Victoria  As the season for university applications in British Columbia approaches, there will be lively conversation around the holiday table. Where to go and what to study takes some thought. There are plenty […]

In defence of our four universities

Commentary by Peter Halpin, executive-director of the Association of Atlantic Universities, in the Saint John Telegraph-Journal

Universities, an investment in our future

This op-ed was posted online by The Hill Times on November 9, 2015. By Robert Proulx, rector of UQAM Issues around higher education are largely absent from election contests, and the recent federal election is no exception. Yet the economy, employment, climate change, sustainable development, health and quality of life are all issues for which advances […]

It’s time for Canada to reinvest in university research

This oped was published in the Montreal Gazette on September 1, 2017 By Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor, McGill University and member of Universities Canada’s board of directors; Sophie D’Amours, rector, Université Laval and Guy Breton, rector, Université de Montréal. They’re back! Over the past few days, 310,000 students have arrived on campus at universities across […]

University Research Key to Meeting Canada’s Economic Ambitions

President Joe Biden’s visit to Canada this week comes at a time when our neighbour and most valued trading partner is re-thinking economic policy in a way that has important implications for the Canadian economy and the contribution research universities make to its success.

Engaging with China for the Long Haul

This op-ed was published in The Chronicle Herald on October 11, 2018 By Paul Davidson, President, Universities Canada Canada has been engaged with China for over one hundred years. Our engagement has adapted to changing circumstance, opportunity and risk – with strong support from Canada’s universities since the beginning. In the early 1900s dozens of graduates of […]

Coalition for Canadian Research established to call for an urgent federal investment in Canada’s research system

If Canada acts, this is an opportunity to build a progressive, productive and prosperous future.

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