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7 Feb 2014



The health of Canada’s graduate education system is a critical factor in a competitive global environment. And ultimately the creativity and sophistication of post graduates is key to an exceptional and vital society. That’s the message CAGS has delivered to the federal government as it reviews its science and technology strategy.

The CAGS paper calls for increased investment in STEM (science,technology, engineering and mathematics) scholarships and internships across disciplines. “The infusion of ideas and talent to address the social, economic and cultural challenges associated with advances in science and technology is crucial to acceptance and success,” it tells Minister of State for Science and Technology Greg Rickford.

“Scientific, technological research and innovation needs ongoing support in order to remain vital. The incorporation of non-traditional STEM skills through development opportunities like internships areas will make them successful,” says CAGS President Noreen Golfman.

Increased investment in international student scholarships and faculty is also needed to shore up the government’s recently announced international education policy, the paper advises.

The CAGS paper is part of the public consultation process on Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy organized by Industry Canada. Last year, the federal government committed to updating its 2007 strategy in order to ensure that Canada remains well positioned in the global arena for excellence, talent and prosperity.

You can read the entire CAGS submission here.