Ontario Boosts Grad Spaces Across The Province

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Ontario Boosts Grad Spaces Across The Province

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

McGuinty Government Supporting Students, Strengthening The Economy
TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ -
NEWS
Ontario is building a stronger workforce by boosting the number of graduate students in the province.
The Province will invest $51.6 million to create almost 3,300 new graduate spaces over the next three years. The new spaces will enable more students to study for careers in high-demand sectors such as engineering and environmental studies.
This investment builds on the government's $6.2-billion Reaching Higher (http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/Product.asp?ProductID=114) plan for postsecondary education. By expanding professional and research-based graduate programs, this investment supports innovation in Ontario's knowledge-based economy and improves the province's competitive position globally.
QUOTES
"Ontario's highly skilled workforce is our province's greatest asset," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html). "By helping more Ontarians pursue higher education, we can strengthen our economy and attract the kind of jobs and investment that will build prosperity for all Ontario families."
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QUICK FACTS
- This investment will create 1,925 new master's spaces and 1,373 new
PhD spaces.
- By 2011-12, the McGuinty government will be investing $221.6 million
annually to support the creation of over 15,000 new graduate spaces.
- This latest investment means the government is exceeding its original
commitment of 14,000 new graduate spaces by 2009-10.
LEARN MORE
Find out more (http://osap.gov.on.ca/eng/Not_Secure/Plan_Grants_full_sepapp_OGS_12345.htm) about how Ontario supports graduate students.
Explore (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html) what Ontario's universities have to offer.
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SUPPORTING STUDENTS, STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY
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Ontario's highly skilled workforce is the key to the province's success in today's knowledge-based economy. It's estimated that over the next decade, seven out of every 10 new jobs created in Ontario will require postsecondary education or training.
To ensure that more Ontarians get the education and skills they need to help Ontario compete and win, the McGuinty government is creating almost 3,300 new graduate spaces.
Ontario's seven largest research universities will receive about 75 per cent of the new spaces:
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University of Guelph 232 University of Toronto 588
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McMaster University 338 University of Waterloo 461
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University of Ottawa 277 University of Western Ontario 504
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Queen's University 97
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Nine other universities in Ontario, along with the Ontario College of Art
& Design, will receive the other additional spaces.
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Carleton University 67 Trent University 26
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University of Ontario Institute
Lakehead University 49 of Technology 97
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Laurentian University 33 University of Windsor 4
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Ontario College of Art & Design 6 Wilfrid Laurier University 68
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Ryerson University 289 York University 168
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This investment is just part of the government's commitment to supporting
graduate students in Ontario. Other initiatives include:
- Investing $132.5 million to fund new Ontario Graduate Fellowships to
support outstanding master's and doctoral students.
- Supporting Ontario Graduate Scholarships for students in all
disciplines. These annual scholarships are worth up to $15,000 and are
provided to more than 2,000 students each year.
- Investing almost $17 million over four years to establish internships
for 1,750 postgraduate students with leading employers across Ontario
in partnership with ACCELERATE Ontario, an initiative of the
Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS).
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For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746