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Canada's east coast universities are the best destination for students seeking high quality education and world-class degrees in naturally beautiful and safe communities.

Talent Retention & Entrepreneurism

Friday, June 24, 2016

Casino Nova Scotia, Compass Room Halifax, Nova Scotia

Key Facts


Universities contribute more than $2 billion annually to the region’s economy, employing nearly 14,000 Atlantic Canadians in high quality, full-time jobs. In Nova Scotia, universities are second only to Michelin in generating annual export revenues ($750 million).


Nearly 75,000 full-time students study at the region’s 16 universities which graduate nearly 18,000 degree holders annually. Those graduates become the region’s future professionals, business & industry, community and government leaders.


More than 10,000 international students from over 160 countries study at the region’s universities. These highly qualified and motivated young people are the best source of new immigrants to Atlantic Canada.


Universities perform nearly 60% of the region's R&D (more than $200 million annually) and generate the new ideas, services and products that drive the knowledge economy.


Interuniversity Services Inc. (ISI) members channelled $76.3 million through member developed and ISI administered shared contracts. The real benefit of cooperation results in savings for all members.

Atlantic Common University Data Set (ACUDS)

ACUDS is an on-line information tool for students, parents and the public, which offers key data about Atlantic universities, using a common set of definitions and in a similar format.

Working Together. Saving Together.

Research Commercialization

Springboard's network of universities and community colleges connect publicly-funded research with industry experts across the region's private sector, helping create 53 new companies since 2005.

Administrative Efficiency

Interuniversity Services Inc. (ISI), a university-led collaborative purchasing and employee benefits coordinator, generates $4.3 million in annual savings.

Knowledge Sharing

Coordinating library services has improved information delivery among all universities in the region, with collective purchasing on digital journal subscriptions saving universities $234,000 in 2015.

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