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UW Board of Governors Environmental Scan April 5, 2011. Local Overview Former student donates $1M to VeloCity Ted Livingston, former Waterloo student and entrepreneur, founder of Kik Messenger Donation inspired uWaterloo to establish a $1M seed fund for VeloCity

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UW Board of Governors

Environmental Scan

April 5, 2011

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Local Overview

  • Former student donates $1M to VeloCity
  • Ted Livingston, former Waterloo student and entrepreneur, founder of Kik Messenger
  • Donation inspired uWaterloo to establish a $1M seed fund for VeloCity
    • Providing 30 student ventures with $25,000, 4-months of office space, mentoring and incorporation services
    • 75 student startups will receive $500 prizes
  • Source: Communications and Public Affairs, March 29, 2011
  • Record Co-op Enrolment in Winter term
    • 5,517, including 2,389 from Engineering – the most students ever employed during a work term
    • Final rate of students employed or “not participating” is 95.9 per cent, down from 96.5 per cent in winter 2010
    • 498 more students were scheduled out to work and 442 more students employed in comparison to this time last year
  • Source: The Daily Bulletin, March 4, 2011
local local overview
Local Local Overview
  • Senior Position Vacancies
    • Vice President Academic and Provost (Search)
    • Vice President External(Search)
    • Vice President Research (Review)
    • University Secretary(Search)
    • Dean of Engineering (Search)
    • Dean of Science (?)
    • Associate Provost, Students (Search)
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Local Overview

  • Dr. Stephen Hawking to return for Perimeter extension grand opening
  • Source: The Waterloo Region Record, March 7, 2011
  • New Dean of Arts, New Conrad Grebel president
  • Town Hall Meeting – April 11, Humanities Theatre
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Provincial Overview

  • Ontario Budget 2011 – March 29
  • $50M over 10 years for the Perimeter Institute
  • $28M for undergraduate growth in 2011-2012
  • $94M for undergraduate and graduate growth in 2012-2013
  • $163M for undergraduate and graduate growth in 2013-2014
  • 60,000 additional student spaces; 41,000 allocated to universities:
    • 10,600 in 2011-2012
    • 18,400 in 2012-2013
    • 26,365 in 2013-2014
  • Commitment to increase international enrolment by 50 per cent
  • $58M in OSAP to address enrolment increases and $10M for OGS
  • Ontario Public Service to reduce size by 1,500 spaces
  • Reduction in “executive office” costs by 10 per cent over two years
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Provincial Overview

  • High School graduation rates up
  • Graduation rate was 81 per cent in 2009-2010, up from 68 per cent in 2003-2004
  • Represents an increase of 72,000 high school graduates
  • Ontario’s goal is an 85 per cent high school graduation rate
  • Source: Office of the Premier, March 3, 2011
  • Ontario university applications up
  • Number of high school students applying to university is 88,626, a 2.4 per cent increase over last year
  • A 49 per cent increase over the year 2000

Source: The Council of Ontario Universities, January 17, 2011

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National Overview

  • 2011 Federal Budget – March 22/ 2011 Federal Election
  • $60 million over 3 years to promote increased student enrolment in disciplines relating to the digital economy (particularly STEM disciplines) and $100M per year to Canada Media Fund
  • Enhancements to Canada Student Loans and Grants programs ($34 million annually once implemented)
    • Full time students can earn more employment income without having loan eligibility clawed back (weekly exemption increased from $50 to $100)
    • Expanding eligibility for loans and grants for part-time students
  • Examination fees of $100 or more for professional status, license, or certification now covered by tuition tax credit
  • $10M over 2 years to develop an international education strategy
    • Creation of an India Engagement Strategy
      • $12M over 5 years to establish Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence
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National Overview

  • 2011 Federal Budget – March 22/2011 Federal Election
  • $37M increase in the base budgets of all three federal granting agencies
    • $15M annually to NSERC
    • $15M annually to CIHR
    • $7M annually to SSHRC
    • $10M per year to the Indirect Costs program
  • $53.5M over 5 years to establish 10 new Canada Excellence Research Chairs
  • $50M over 5 years for Perimeter Institute
  • $35M over 5 years to support excellence in climate and atmospheric research at Canadian universities (administered by NSERC)
  • $12M over 5 years for the Idea to Innovation Program to support joint college-university commercialization projects
  • $80M over 3 years for IRAP partnerships between colleges and SMEs, and $5M annually to create 30 new Industrial Research Chairs
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National Overview

  • 2011 Federal Budget – March 22/2011 Federal Election
  • $10 million a year in tax relief to Canadian university students who study abroad
    • Eligibility for tuition, textbook, and education tax credits extended to those in courses of at least 3 consecutive weeks, rather than 13 weeks
  • Canada Social Transfer raised from $11.2 to $11.5 billion this year
    • No commitment on shape of transfers after 2013-2014
  • Liberal Party of Canada – Canada Learning Passport
  • First plank in Liberal Party’s “learning strategy”
  • $1 billion a year student aid program
  • Government would contribute $1,000-$1,500 to an RESP annually for four years
  • Quebec CEGEP students would get same amount over five years
  • Used as up-front payment at beginning of school year
  • Would replace education and textbook tax credits
  • Source: The Waterloo Region Record, March 29, 2011
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National Overview

  • International students in Canada in 2010
  • In 2010, 96,147 foreign students were studying in Canada
  • An increase of 28,292 from 2005
  • Foreign students contribute $6.5 billion to the Canadian economy each year
  • Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, February 13, 2011
  • $20M investment in Pathways to Education Program
  • Investment over 4 years in Pathways to Education Canada
  • Supports Pathways to Education’s 5-year ‘Graduation Nation’ initiative
  • Will establish programs in 20 high-need communities by 2016, supporting more than 10,000 students

Source: Pathways to Education Canada, March 3, 2011

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International Overview

  • Times Higher Education Reputation Ranking
  • University of Waterloo is in the top 100 in the world (91st)
  • Four Canadian universities made the cut:
    • University of Toronto (17th)
    • McGill (29th)
    • University of British Columbia (31st)
  • Source: Times Higher Education Top Universities by Reputation 2011
  • International Migrant Integration Policy Index
  • Canada ranks 3rd in integrating newcomers
  • Canada was ranked 5th in 2008
  • Tied with USA in 1st for programs and laws fighting discrimination and promoting equality
  • Canada performed very well in education category (1st to 3rd place finishes)
  • Source: The Toronto Star, February 28, 2011
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International Overview

  • Centre for the Study of Living Standards Report 2011
  • Canada has risen in the rankings of countries with extensive university-business research collaboration, from 15th in 2007 to 7th in 2010
  • Canada’s higher education sector performs 6.2 per cent of total business sector R&D, compared to 2.5 per cent in the UK, and 1.1 per cent in the US
  • Canada leads OECD countries in total Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) spending financed by business: 8.5 per cent vs. 5.7 per cent in the US and 4.6 per cent in the UK
  • However, business spending on university research has flatlined over the past decade
  • Conclusion: Canada not getting its money’s worth from university-business collaboration
  • Source: “Government Policies to Encourage University-Business Research Collaborations in Canada: Lessons From the US, the UK, and Australia” Centre for the Study of Living Standards Research Report 2011-02
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