Conference explores the future of PSE in Canada and globally

July 22, 2013

The University of Alberta and Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recently hosted a conference, “Canadian universities in a global context: A dialogue on international trends and opportunities,” that explored the future of PSE. Attendees discussed issues affecting PSE institutions such as government budget cuts and decreased funding, the increasingly competitive global market for students, researchers, and knowledge, and the changing expectations of key stakeholders. Organizers hoped the conference would be a “wake-up call” to the PSE sector, especially in Canada, in order for institutions to begin to implement measures in a proactive way. Delegates from England, Germany, China, and other countries discussed the challenges those PSE institutions and sectors have encountered in recent years, and the ways that they have been dealing with such challenges. Edmonton Journal