Impact of the University of Ottawa

The Conference Board of Canada, 110 pages, January 18, 2016
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The University of Ottawa has an impact well beyond its lecture halls. This report assesses its ongoing widespread economic, social, and cultural contribution to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Ontario and beyond.

Document Highlights

The University of Ottawa is one of its kind. It is a leading research-intensive institution with a unique bilingual education mandate. The university has become an innovation leader, as well as a national top-10 research facility. How has it accomplished these feats? It has been setting high standards for itself, identifying lofty goals, and has been making deliberate and considerable investments in its research and development.

This report assesses the university’s many contributions to the Ottawa region and Ontario’s economic, social, and cultural well-being, as well as to Canada and even the world. To do this, it uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches. One key finding is that the university’s total economic impact is $6.8–$7.4 billion annually. Yet this is one of many findings. Overall, the university creates employment, generates ideas, and attracts domestic and international talent, all while providing a high standard of bilingual education to its many students.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Understanding and Assessing the University’s Impact

  • Purpose of the Study/Rationale
  • Measuring Impact
  • Applying the Framework
  • Research Methodology
  • Guide to the Report

Chapter 2—The Economic Footprint of the University of Ottawa

  • Impact of University Spending
  • Indirect Impact
  • Induced Impact
  • The Impact of University of Ottawa Research on Economic Growth
  • The Social Returns on University of Ottawa R&D
  • Impact of Non-Local Students and Out-of-Town Visitors
  • Direct Impact
  • Indirect and Induced Impacts
  • Impact of Post-Secondary Education on Earnings
  • Conclusion

Chapter 3—The University as a Generator of Impactful Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

  • The Innovation Imperative
  • Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer
  • Advancing Research in Other Fields
  • Areas of Research Excellence
  • Professional Schools
  • Conclusion

Chapter 4—The University’s Unique Impact Through Bilingual Education

  • The University’s Bilingual Commitment
  • Bilingualism Within the University’s Local Context
  • Bilingualism in Comparison With Other Systems
  • Local and Global Linkages With La Francophonie
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—Engaging Students and Impacting Local, National, and International Communities

  • Engaging Students and Helping Communities
  • Co-operative Education
  • A Social Citizenship Mandate
  • International Students
  • Ottawa–Gatineau’s Immigrant Community
  • First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Students
  • Sustainability
  • Potential Impact in Good Governance
  • The University’s Engagement in Digital Education
  • Conclusion

Chapter 6—Summary of Impacts

Appendix A—Interviews

Appendix B—Bibliography

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