Supporting Students And A Strong Economy
Ontario's $25-million investment in a state-of-the-art hub for international research at the University of Toronto will help Ontario develop the next generation of global leaders and give the province a competitive edge.
The new School of International Studies will raise Ontario's profile on the world stage. Researchers, faculty and students will work together to identify the latest global economic trends and develop innovative ideas that will help Ontario compete and win.
The new school will strengthen ties between the following prestigious institutions:
The Munk Centre for International Studies
The Munk Centre for International Studies, which opened its doors in 2000, will be the core of the university's School of International Studies. The expansion means the new school can offer more programs than the centre currently does, including Canada's first collaborative PhD program in Global Change.
School of Public Policy and Governance
Launched in 2007 to help develop tomorrow's innovative public service leaders, the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto is expanding to meet high demand. In its first year, the school achieved a high profile, with its Master's of Public Policy program receiving 500 applications for 23 positions.
Canadian International Council
Founded in 2007 by Dr. Jim Balsillie, co-Chief Executive Officer of Research in Motion, the council is a non-partisan, national research network focusing on the most pressing foreign policy issues facing Canada, such as energy, border issues, the Arctic and China.
Investing In Places To Learn
Over three years, the McGuinty government will invest $970 million to upgrade, expand and build new college, university and training facilities and improve equipment. The investment includes:
- $200 million in 2007-08 to maintain and renew university facilities
- $200 million over three years to build and expand skills training centres and facilities
- $60 million over three years for the College Equipment and Renewal Fund