ON Universities Blog

Our blog captures a behind-the-scenes dialogue about the research, initiatives and programs that are so important to the postsecondary sector in Ontario.

When PSE and communities work together for a better future, everyone benefits
September 26 2017 | David Lindsay

The City of Oshawa’s Teaching City is the latest - and one of the most ambitious initiatives - to leverage knowledge transfer between partners and PSE for the benefit of a community in Ontario.

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When PSE and communities work together for a better future, everyone benefits
David Lindsay September 26, 2017

There’s a tremendous reservoir of living knowledge on the campuses of universities and colleges in ...

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Ontario Universities Open Their Doors for Summer Camps in STEAM
Council of Ontario Universities July 12, 2017

Summer is upon us and with many university students now off campus, a younger set is getting a taste of campus life as ...

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How I made It: A Successful Guelph PhD Grad Shares His Story
Council of Ontario Universities July 6, 2016

As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, ...

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Real World Learning: A Co-op Success Story – Q & A with Christina Hassan
Council of Ontario Universities March 16, 2016

Co-op Education Week is a time to celebrate students, co-operative education and work ...

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PhDs are Important Contributors to Ontario’s Success – and Not Just in Universities.
Michael Snowdon January 26, 2016

I have a PhD… in the Humanities… and I’m employed. Gainfully employed, in fact – ...

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Five things I wish my younger self knew
October 5, 2015

University was not on my radar screen when I was in high school. Having left home at 16, I was focused on my part-time job, paying my room and board, and finding a full-time job ...

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Take heart university students, the odds are in your favour
September 4, 2015

This week, the Council of Ontario Universities released an annual survey conducted on behalf of the Ontario government on the employment ...

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Hang In There, New Grads!
Dayana Fraser September 1, 2015

So you want to get rid of your student debt, earn a great salary and land your dream job... Been there, done that. I know first-hand the difficulties of graduating with student loans, to struggle to ...

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Storify: Premier’s tour of Ontario postsecondary
Council of Ontario Universities January 20, 2015

Premier Wynne kicked off her 10-day tour of Ontario campuses. First stop - Laurentian University's Model Parliament in Ottawa!  

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Quotes from Premier Wynne on postsecondary education
Council of Ontario Universities January 20, 2015

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne did a 10-day tour of Ontario postsecondary campuses from January 9-19, where she met with students to engage with them on ...

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Leveraging skills and talent of Ontarians key to economic growth, says Premier Wynne
Council of Ontario Universities January 9, 2015

Education is a cornerstone of Canadian democracy, and leveraging the skills and talent of ...

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University is still worth it after all these years, HEQCO study finds
Council of Ontario Universities January 8, 2015

Even in difficult economic times, a university degree is still well worth the investment, according to a new report - ...

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From campus to career, advice for students from a top exec
Paul Davidson October 20, 2014

While tens of thousands of post-secondary students are back to hitting the books, rising tuition costs, high youth unemployment and a ...

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Why turning diplomas into degrees is a bad idea
October 14, 2014

October 10, 2014 Bonnie Patterson Posted with permission from QP Briefing The following is an op-ed column from Bonnie Patterson, president and chief ...

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Let your university education speak for itself
October 9, 2014

Blog originally posted on The Huffington Post The fall back-to-school period is always so infused with optimism. The fresh-faced first-year students descend in ...

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Queen’s commerce student blogs about transformative internship in Bangkok
Jennifer Huang October 7, 2014

Bangkok, Thailand After an eye-opening internship abroad, I’ve recently arrived back in Kingston to start ...

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The fact is, university grads are getting jobs
Jack Lightstone September 29, 2014

This fall, thousands of students entered or returned to Canadian universities. By graduation they will have grown intellectually, socially and emotionally — and ...

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Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDs
Allison Sekuler September 11, 2014

Faculty jobs are rare, but Canada still needs its PhDsAllison Sekuler, McMaster University’s Associate Vice-President and Dean of Graduate Studies ...

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Words of Wisdom: Convocation 2014
Rachel Gardner July 17, 2014

Convocation season is full of wise words and life lessons for university graduates. We’ve collected some of our favourite snippets from the many authors, lawyers, activists, business leaders ...

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COU economist becomes regular contributor to The Globe and Mail
Council of Ontario Universities July 10, 2014

COU’s own in-house economist and senior policy analyst Cecilia Brain is being featured as a regular contributor at The Globe and ...

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Your 9-step guide to finding a summer job
Rachel Gardner May 21, 2014

If you're late in your search for a summer job, then take a look through the guide below! The summer job hunt is already well underway for many students. With exams finished ...

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From experiential learning to full-time career: Maya Blomme
March 28, 2014

Read more stories like Maya’s in COU’s Experiential Learning report!

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How one co-op student saved Shell Canada $1 million a year
March 27, 2014

Read more stories like Dominic's in COU's Experiential Learning report!

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Why Research Matters
Patchen Barss March 3, 2014

A funny thing happened on my way to becoming an astrophysicist. In high school, my plan was to do a double PhD in math and physics, and then spend my life studying the cosmos. Then in my final year, at just the time ...

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A university education works
Council of Ontario Universities February 25, 2014

A university education works. In a report prepared by the Council of Ontario University’s own Cecilia Brain, Economist and Senior Policy Analyst at COU, it’s clear that university students are ...

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Matlock, mochas and metamorphosis: The journey from university life to my career
Lisa Krawiec January 28, 2014

Growing up, Ben Matlock (one of TV’s greatest defense attorneys) was my idol. He was charming and ...

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