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.

Working together for a cleaner, sustainable future
December 7 2017 | Council of Ontario Universities

Ontario’s universities recognize that they need to work together with government, municipalities, and the public and private sector to make progress in cutting emissions and harnessing the power of new, clean technologies.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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