AAU'S Public Policy Paper Series
No. 2013 - 03
If you want to take a quick measure of the contribution of university leaders in Atlantic Canada, just pick up the morning newspaper. You’ll quickly discover that our universities play key roles in public policy development, economic growth strategy, health care delivery and medical research, and understanding the interaction of resource development and the environment.
No. 2013 - 02
Canada’s labour market may not be showing much demand for bakers or tailors or candlestick makers, according to the CIBC report The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market.[i] But market demand remains strong for university graduates.
Atlantic Canadians increasingly understand the vital role that their universities play in the progress of the region. They stimulate growth; incubate new businesses; attract talented new immigrants; and promote good citizenship. It must also be understood, as governments and businesses look to universities to foster social and economic growth, that our universities can only do this by achieving excellence in their primary mission – the education of Atlantic Canada’s future leaders.
Canada’s East Coast universities have taken on a major new challenge: They are working together to develop a coordinated approach to meet the growing need for student mental health services. The urgency of this undertaking was underlined by speakers at a November 1, 2012 conference at Mount Allison University (MTA). And the day ended with a clear call to action from Memorial University (MUN) Deputy Provost pro tempore Robert Shea: “The AAU event should not end after one day of conversation, but continue to ensure our university team approach to post-secondary student mental health is an ongoing dialogue.”
Canada’s universities have increasingly gained recognition as major drivers of innovation and Research and Development (R&D) activity in Canada. As columnist and blogger Peter Lindfield recently notedi, university-industry partnerships “have resulted in the creation of many competitive spin-off companies.” Indeed, Lindfield argues, “It is not an overstatement to say that in Canada university research has been a cornerstone of innovation in every growth industry over the last 60 years.”