Chronicle profiles Canada's efforts to reverse brain drain

February 22, 2011

In an age of intensifying worldwide competition for the best and brightest, Canada "is on a roll," recruiting research stars and fostering young Canadian and foreign scholars and postdoctoral students, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. The evolution of Canada's research investment strategy dates back to 1997, when the federal government launched the Canada Foundation for Innovation as an independent agency to finance research infrastructure. Other initiatives followed, including, most recently, the Canada Excellence Research Chairs. The effort is gaining attention outside Canada's borders -- the president of the Association of American Universities says Canada's investment strategy has put the country "in a position to be competitive internationally for people, which is exactly what it was intended to do. The places that are losing those people are quite concerned." Still, some university leaders warn that Canada must do more to stay competitive for global talent. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)