The world is becoming a more competitive place than ever as far as universities are concerned and Canadian institutions, working with real funding shortages, need to focus on their teaching mission to remain in the game, according to Stephen Toope, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, writes Karen Seidman for The Gazette.
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there," he told a conference on Wednesday. Canada is trying to compete with countries like Korea, where about 60% of school-leavers to go to university, whereas the figure is about 30% in Canada.
Yet Canada's per-student funding is less now than it was in the 1970s, according to Toope. Operating funding per student dropped to $11,300 in 2010 from $22,800 in 1977.
Full report on The Gazette site
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