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Skills for Future Success: Insights From the Expert Panel on Youth Employment

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  • Elisha Connell
| Aug 03, 2017
When it comes to youth unemployment, Canada may be doing well relative to other OECD countries, but the challenges affecting young Canadians today are greater than they were a generation ago.

Enabling Employment: Post-Secondary Education Needs to Equip Students with Disabilities with Skills for the Work World

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  • Elizabeth Martin
| May 04, 2017
The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education has partnered with the National Educational Association of Disabled Students on a project examining the state of accessibility and accommodation in Canadian post-secondary education for students with disabilities.

Communities and Educators Are Key Players in Realizing Canada’s Global Sustainable Development Commitments

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  • Elizabeth Martin
| Apr 25, 2017
In April of this year, Malala Yousafzai, the young education activist, UN Messenger of Peace, and new honorary Canadian citizen, stood in the House of Commons and called on Canada to honour the global Sustainable Development Goals as adopted by the 193 United Nations member states in September 2015.

Four Ingredients for Cultivating Vibrant Campus-Community Connections

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  • Elizabeth Martin
| Apr 06, 2017
t can be challenging for post-secondary education (PSE) institutions and the municipalities they operate in to connect with one another. Complex historical, socio-political, and geographic divisions can be difficult to overcome.

Canadian Higher Education in the Asian Century: From Threat to Opportunity

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  • Kareem El-Assal
  • Mark Robbins
| Jul 20, 2016
The past 15 years have seen a staggering growth in the demand for higher education worldwide. This demand has been especially strong in Asia, where it vastly overshadows the domestic capacity to educate, resulting in a rapid expansion of the higher education sector.

After Brexit: Next Moves for Canada’s Universities and Colleges

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  • Sonia Takhar
  • Mark Robbins
| Jul 12, 2016
In the wake of Brexit, the United Kingdom and the European Union are racked with uncertainty regarding next steps and what their future relationship might look like. Canada would do well to consider how the Brexit vote might affect its relationships with both the U.K. and the EU, opening up opportunities in the higher education sector.

Bringing in the BRICs: Importing Lessons for Canada From Higher Education in Brazil, Russia, India, and China

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  • Mark Robbins
| Jul 04, 2016
In the early 2000s, the term “BRIC” was coined as a shorthand for Brazil, Russia, India, and China—the four largest and most promising of the advanced developing countries. They represent 40 per cent of the world’s population and a quarter of the global GDP, a significant share of human activity.

Three Amigos, Three Policy Recommendations for a More Competitive North America

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  • Kareem El-Assal
  • Mark Robbins
| Jun 27, 2016
Strengthening North America’s economic competitiveness through enhanced, trilateral partnerships in the areas of higher education, innovation, and research was outlined as a major objective at the last North American Leader’s Summit in 2014.1

Brexit: What It Means for U.K. Higher Education—and for Canada

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  • Mark Robbins
  • Sonia Takhar
| Jun 21, 2016
The United Kingdom’s 103 university chancellors have come out publicly against Brexit, the referendum to determine if the U.K. will remain in the European Union, urging the public to consider the vital role that EU membership plays in supporting the U.K.’s universities.

Building Canada’s Global Competence: A Case for Putting Asia in the Curriculum

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  • Erin Williams
| Jun 20, 2016
“Global competence” is a phrase we’re going to hear more of in the coming years. Broadly speaking, it refers to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes one needs to be a productive and engaged member of our increasingly interconnected world.

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