Plan outlines education opportunities

The presidents of B.C.’s six research universities today released an “Opportunity Agenda for B.C.” – a practical plan to expand post-secondary opportunities for young people, close the skills gap, and create jobs throughout British Columbia.

Speaking to the B.C. legislature’s Select Standing Committee on Finance in Victoria, David Turpin, University of Victoria president, said the Opportunity Agenda is about supporting students and meeting the competitive needs of B.C.’s economy now and for the future.

The agenda sets out three key pillars for action including: a space for every qualified student, a guarantee for students in need and a commitment to innovation and jobs.

The agenda calls for 11,000 new funded spaces in graduate, undergraduate, college and trade programs at a cost of approximately $130 million over four years; expansion of student financial aid to include grants, loan reductions, and graduate scholarships at a net cost of approximately $51 million; and the creation of an Innovate B.C. initiative to build on the province’s research and innovation potential, advance new opportunities and help drive economic growth though a commitment to stable funding and support for B.C.’s Knowledge Development Fund.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Hybrid production explores death
Veteran hip-hop artist focusing on family
Book exposes life in the Strait of Georgia
Lambrick drama students take on edgy, real-life stories of street youth
Six Victoria voices win award
Showcasing their talents
Bringing ancient wood back to life
WiL’s still Make Make-ing music after all these years
Author sees stories everywhere

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.