Trend in foreign-born presidents at Canadian universities

November 25, 2010

On his blog, University Affairs' Léo Charbonneau notes that Cairo-born Dr. Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz, University of Prince Edward Island's president-designate, joins other foreign-born Canadian university presidents such as UWO's Amit Chakma, uWaterloo's Feridun Hamdullahpur, York U's Mamdouh Shoukri, uAlberta's Indira Samarasekera, and UNBC's George Iwama. Charbonneau also points out that most of them came to Canada initially for their graduate studies and stayed. Charbonneau writes that there has been much talk lately within the PSE sector and government circles about Canada needing to attract the best and brightest from around the world. "If these individuals are any indication, we are succeeding at least in one arena." Margin Notes (University Affairs blog)