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Ontario To Attract More International Students

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Ontario To Attract More International Students

McGuinty Government Creates New Scholarship For Doctoral Students

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Premier Dalton McGuinty wrapped up Ontario's mission to China today by announcing a new Ontario Trillium Scholarship for international students. He made the announcement while speaking to professors and students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The new scholarship will provide 75 of the world's best students with $40,000 each year for up to four years to pursue doctoral studies at an Ontario university. During the initial four years, Ontario will invest $20 million to support the program, with participating universities contributing a further $10 million.

Offering scholarships to the world's brightest students will help Ontario universities compete with top international universities. This will help keep Ontario at the forefront of the global knowledge economy and strengthen academic, cultural and business ties with key markets around the world. Increasing international enrolment in our universities is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario Plan.

Earlier, Premier McGuinty met with Hong Kong Chief Executive, Donald Tsang. The Premier thanked Mr. Tsang for visiting Toronto-area teen Jason Leung in a Hong Kong hospital in the aftermath of the tourist attack in Manila last August. McGuinty and Mr. Tsang also discussed Ontario's long-standing relationship with Hong Kong, one that is supported by extensive commercial, social and cultural ties.

The Premier's mission to China will see financial institutions, universities and firms in Ontario and China continue to develop stronger ties into the future. These strong relationships will open doors for Ontario businesses to compete in China and to attract Chinese investment in Ontario, creating more jobs for Ontario families.

Quick Facts

  • In 2009-10, over 38,000 international students were enrolled at Ontario postsecondary institutions, contributing $1 billion annually to our economy.
  • Over 12,000 Chinese and Hong Kong students attend Ontario colleges and universities now.
  • The Premier visited Shanghai, Nanjing and Hong Kong during the trade mission.

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“Ontario has some of the best universities in the world. Opening our doors to more international students is good for our students, good for our intellectual and cultural life and good for our economy.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“It is vital that Ontario provides its students with learning opportunities abroad while opening our doors to the world's best minds. These new scholarships will help build Ontario's reputation overseas as an ideal place to get a high quality education.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“The prestigious new Trillium Scholarships announced by Premier McGuinty today will help us attract the very best talent from around the globe to Ontario. That's good for our universities and good for the future of this province.”

David Naylor

President, University of Toronto



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