Ontario minister calls for more internationalization, better labour market data

September 12, 2014

In the wake of the release of the province’s strategic mandate agreements (SMAs) with its 44 colleges and universities, Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, says that Ontario institutions need to become “more internationalized” as they pursue a strategy of differentiation. Ontario’s differentiation strategy is intended to promote specialization at each institution, and lead to the use of metrics other than enrolment figures to evaluate institutional effectiveness. While the government has not yet indicated what those metrics will look like, Moridi did say that he thinks that more Canadian scholars at Canadian universities should be winning international prizes. Moridi also said that more students should consider apprenticeships rather than pursuing academic degrees, and indicated that the province intends to provide better labour market data to help inform student choices. “We don’t want students graduating in one particular field and then after graduating they find that there are no jobs,” he said. The Minister also noted that “the government has no new money for salaries” and said that universities “have to work within the means they have” as the government tries to eliminate a $12.5-M deficit. Globe and Mail