Universities must prepare students for multiple careers, longer work life, says McGill president

January 25, 2016

Universities will have to start preparing students for many different careers over a longer working life if they wish to combat global inequality, says McGill University President Suzanne Fortier. “It brings us back to the central mission of the university,” she says, “how to think, how to make leaps in knowledge, how to have imagination and rigour.” Fortier is reportedly the only Canadian University president who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past week. She notes that based on global economic trends, “it’s quite clear that for people in university today they will have four, five, seven jobs in front of them. It’s constant reinvention of themselves and we need to prepare them for that world. They will have a longer period of work and they will have to change.” Globe and Mail