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How does Ontario benefit from more entrepreneurial students?

Economists have said economic growth depends on the injection of new start-ups and business innovation in the economy.

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Alternative text: Who selects the Polanyi Prize winners?

Who selects the Polanyi Prize winners?

The winners of the Polanyi Prize are chosen by the John Charles Polanyi Prizes Selection Committee, which consists of ten members who have expertise and international reputation in the areas of research identified below: Physics Chemistry Physiology or Medicine Literature Economic Science Committee members are selected based ...

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Alternative text: What is the Council of Ontario Universities?

What is the Council of Ontario Universities?

The Council of Ontario Universities promotes university education and research and their role in preparing both undergraduate and graduate students for success in life and careers. A membership organization consisting of Ontario's 20 publicly supported universities and one associate member, the Royal Military College, COU works ...

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Alternative text: How much government funding do Ontario universities receive compared to universities in other parts of Canada?

How much government funding do Ontario universities receive compared to universities in other parts of Canada?

Ontario universities educate more students for less than universities in any other province. Provincial grants to Ontario universities, on a per-student basis, are the lowest in the country. In fact, ...

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Alternative text: What are some of the hot topics and issues in the postsecondary education sector?

What are some of the hot topics and issues in the postsecondary education sector?

Over the past year, there has been a great deal to celebrate at Ontario’s universities and the Council of Ontario Universities’ role in advocating for and promoting their progress. To find out about some of the hot topics and issues in the postsecondary ...

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Alternative text: What are COU’s priorities in terms of funding?

What are COU’s priorities in terms of funding?

Read COU’s pre-budget submission to find out about COU's funding priorities.

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Alternative text: What is COU’s mission and who does it serve?

What is COU’s mission and who does it serve?

The Council of Ontario Universities advances university education, promotes research and ensures student and graduate success at Ontario’s 21 publicly funded universities.

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Alternative text: What role does COU play in organizing international delegations who wish to explore or expand partnerships with Ontario universities?

What role does COU play in organizing international delegations who wish to explore or expand partnerships with Ontario universities?

High-profile representatives, faculty, scholars and postdoctoral fellows visit Ontario universities each year to expand upon or explore prospective ...

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Alternative text: What are the benefits to choosing to study abroad during your time as an Ontario university student?

What are the benefits to choosing to study abroad during your time as an Ontario university student?

Study abroad programs incorporate experiential learning to bridge barriers among cultures, foster relationships that grow Ontario’s economy and work towards global social justice. Travelling internationally as part of a ...

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Alternative text: Why is it important to attract international students to Ontario universities?

Why is it important to attract international students to Ontario universities?

International students contribute significantly to excellence in education and research, bringing a diversity of perspectives, experiences and languages that enhance the university experience for all students. International students bring a significant ...

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Alternative text: From what country do most international students in Ontario come?

From what country do most international students in Ontario come?

China is the largest source of international students at Ontario universities. But students come to our institutions from all over the world. After China, the largest source of international students is India, Saudi Arabia, the United States, and Nigeria.

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Alternative text: What proportion of university students in Ontario come from other countries?

What proportion of university students in Ontario come from other countries?

One in ten, or 10 per cent of all Ontario university students are international. In 2013-14 there were more than 43,000 international students attending Ontario universities.

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Alternative text: What are the social benefits to getting a university education?

What are the social benefits to getting a university education?

In a study of the social returns of higher education, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) found that postsecondary graduates are more likely to volunteer, donate money and vote, and are less likely to require social assistance. University graduates are also more likely to ...

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Alternative text: How does Ontario benefit from more entrepreneurial students?

How does Ontario benefit from more entrepreneurial students?

Economists have said economic growth depends on the injection of new start-ups and business innovation in the economy. The U.S.-based Kauffman Foundation, which is devoted to entrepreneurship, recently concluded that any new job growth comes entirely from start-up firms. And the recent National ...

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Alternative text: What are universities doing to reduce their environmental footprint?

What are universities doing to reduce their environmental footprint?

Ontario university presidents have been driving forward on the greening of their campus since 2009 when they came together to sign a pledge for bold action on the environment. They didn’t just want to talk about environmental sustainability; they wanted measurable results and ...

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Alternative text: What are the benefits of having a university in your community?

What are the benefits of having a university in your community?

Not only do universities inject billions of dollars into the cities of this province each year, they also transform communities in many other ways. Read the COU report Change Agent. Ontario’s Universities: Transforming Communities, Transforming Lives

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Alternative text: What is the economic impact of Ontario universities?

What is the economic impact of Ontario universities?

Universities make a significant economic impact on their communities. Check out the quick facts below to get a snapshot of the findings of the Conference Board of Canada's report, The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary Education in Canada, released in 2014.

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Alternative text: Why are youth unemployment rates so high if COU says graduates are getting jobs?

Why are youth unemployment rates so high if COU says graduates are getting jobs?

The youth unemployment rate captures youth between the ages of 15 and 24, many of whom are still in high school. Check out the quick facts below to read about the findings of a TD Economics report released in December 2014 on youth unemployment.

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Alternative text: Many employers expect graduates to have at least two years experience. What are universities doing to prepare students for the workplace in such a competitive market?

Many employers expect graduates to have at least two years experience. What are universities doing to prepare students for the workplace in such a competitive market?

All Ontario universities offer robust career services, where students can learn how to ...

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Alternative text: How are universities building up entrepreneurial skills in Ontario students?

How are universities building up entrepreneurial skills in Ontario students?

Entrepreneurship and business-related skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s economy as more and more people seek to create their own jobs. Universities are strong supporters of student innovation and entrepreneurship, and through courses, startup ...

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Alternative text: What are the employment prospects for university graduates?

What are the employment prospects for university graduates?

University graduates have higher employment outcomes than graduates with any of other level of education. According to an MTCU survey of Ontario bachelor degree graduates, 87.4% are employed six months after graduation and 93% two years after graduation. Recessions like the one in 2008 make the job ...

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Alternative text: What career services are available to university students and recent graduates?

What career services are available to university students and recent graduates?

Every Ontario university offers career services to university students and recent graduates to help them network with potential employers, build a strong portfolio, and find a job that fits with your interests and skill sets. You can find a list of university ...

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Alternative text: I’ve heard about something called the IDeA competition? What is that, and how do I get involved?

I’ve heard about something called the IDeA competition? What is that, and how do I get involved?

IDeA - Innovative Designs for Accessibility - is an annual student competition hosted by COU, in partnership with the government of Ontario, that challenges students to find innovative, cost-effective and practical ...

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Alternative text: What do Ontario universities do to make campuses accessible?

What do Ontario universities do to make campuses accessible?

Ontario universities are working hard to break down visible and invisible barriers to accessibility on campus. On AccessibleCampus.ca, you will find the latest information about accessibility at universities across the province of Ontario, as well as an extensive selection of resources.

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Alternative text: What services are available at universities to promote good mental health among students?

What services are available at universities to promote good mental health among students?

Ontario universities are committed to encouraging good mental health practices and to supporting students with mental illness to help them realize their academic and professional goals. With support from the Ministry of Economic ...

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Alternative text: Is it possible to transfer credits from one university to another?

Is it possible to transfer credits from one university to another?

Yes. Ontario’s universities are committed to increasing student mobility. Universities in Ontario work closely with each other and with colleges to ensure that students can pursue the educational pathway that’s right for them. To determine whether or not a course transfers to another ...

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Alternative text: How much is available from Ontario universities for student bursaries and scholarships?

How much is available from Ontario universities for student bursaries and scholarships?

Ontario universities provided more than $800 million in 2012-13 to students for bursaries and scholarships. This compares to about $278 million in 2000-01 (COFO-UO data, 2012-13).

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Alternative text: Is it true that Ontario students can pay the highest tuition in Canada?

Is it true that Ontario students can pay the highest tuition in Canada?

Wrong! Thanks to one of the strongest financial support systems in the country, many Ontario university students pay tuition costs that are much lower than the sticker price.

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Alternative text: Where can I find out more about the life-changing research being conducted at Ontario universities?

Where can I find out more about the life-changing research being conducted at Ontario universities?

Visit Research Matters! Research Matters is a COU-led project that’s showcasing the transformative research that takes place at Ontario universities and building new bridges between university researchers and the broader ...

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Alternative text: What research-related awards are available through the Council of Ontario Universities?

What research-related awards are available through the Council of Ontario Universities?

Each year, COU honours Ontario’s leading research through the following awards: John Charles Polanyi Prizes Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award Autism Scholars Award COUPN Awards COU also facilitates the selection of Ontario’s ...

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Alternative text: How do university faculty divide their time between research, teaching and community service?

How do university faculty divide their time between research, teaching and community service?

On average, Ontario faculty members devote 40 per cent of work to teaching, 40 per cent to research, and 20 per cent to service, according to COU’s Faculty At Work report. The report was the first major study in Canada of faculty ...

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Alternative text: What are Ontario universities doing to address the shortage of family doctors?

What are Ontario universities doing to address the shortage of family doctors?

The number of family medicine residents has doubled as a result of a 10 year plan involving Ontario’s faculties of medicine and the province to address the family doctor shortage. The result is improved health-care delivery in more than 155 communities, according ...

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Alternative text: How do I find out what courses or programs are offered as online courses?

How do I find out what courses or programs are offered as online courses?

Ontario universities offer students a robust online learning experience. In 2012-13, about 195,000 undergraduate and graduate students registered in e-learning courses. As of 2014, more than 3,100 online courses and 133 fully online programs were available across Ontario’s ...

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Alternative text: Where do I find information on how to apply to university from high school?

Where do I find information on how to apply to university from high school?

All high school students apply to Ontario universities through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC). If you’re just getting started, you can visit eINFO, OUAC’s guide to Ontario universities - this online resource helps students choose the university that ...

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Alternative text: What help do universities offer to those who have experienced sexual violence?

What help do universities offer to those who have experienced sexual violence?

Ontario universities take the issue of sexual violence very seriously. All 20 universities have posted a special web page on their sites offering a clear path to help for anyone who has experienced sexual violence. All universities in Ontario offer the following ...

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