Hey, our universities are getting in the game:
The Association of Atlantic Universities is holding its semi-annual meeting of the council of university presidents at Mount Allison University in Sackville this week. There will be discussion of the challenges facing Atlantic Canada and how universities can help manage those challenges. For example, the need to increase population in Atlantic Canada is always an important issue and one universities believe they can play a role in fixing. [Executive director]
There is certainly some linkage between international students and immigration to the region. I have promoted this idea elsewhere but if the universities really want to ‘play a role’ in fixing the population, they will put some of that cranial power to good use on the economic development file. They can churn through a million international students but if there are no jobs here for them they won’t stay.