Nova Scotia Canada's University Capital
January 12, 2010

Nova Scotia’s universities are rallying together to proclaim Nova Scotia “Canada’s University Capital.”

An interactive online campaign was launched in Halifax today, January 11. The proclamation “Nova Scotia—Canada’s University Capital” strengthens Nova Scotia’s reputation as the Education Province.

"We are sending a strong message to students across Canada: Nova Scotia is the destination for education in this country," said Minister Bill Estabrooks on behalf of the Premier. "We want prospective students and their parents to know that Nova Scotia’s universities offer a wide range of quality programs and a personalized approach to learning.”

Home to 11 universities—Acadia, Dalhousie, the University of King’s College, Saint Mary’s, St. Francis Xavier, Mount Saint Vincent, the Atlantic School of Theology, Nova Scotia Agriculture College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Université Sainte- Anne, Cape Breton University—and a world-class community college system, Nova Scotia’s tradition of excellence in higher education dates back more than 200 years to the foundation of Canada’s first English speaking university—the University of King’s College founded first in Windsor, NS in 1789.

Today, a student interested in studying in Nova Scotia will find courses and programs in almost every discipline, with the choice to study within the province’s capital city Halifax, or in smaller communities with easy access to the province’s natural splendor.

"The competition for students in Canada is fierce—this campaign will help Nova Scotia's universities stand out and remind our own young people that a world-class education can be found—right here,” said Dr. John Harker, Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP) and President, Cape Breton University

The province’s universities and colleges attract a young population, and retaining students after graduation ensures Nova Scotia continues to offer an educated workforce.

Our universities attract more than 16,000 students from outside of Nova Scotia every year and 21% of these students choose to remain in the province upon graduating, to pursue their careers. 89% of students originally from Nova Scotia remain following graduation.

Fostering a welcoming environment for students interested in studying in Nova Scotia has residual benefits that are also inviting to young families and businesses. Providing top quality education and keeping graduates in our province is fundamental to Nova Scotia’s economic success.

Offering such a breadth of education options in both urban and rural areas of the province, Nova Scotia’s universities, Nova Scotia Community College and the province’s private colleges contribute to the growth of our communities. As 56,000 jobs become available over the next five years due to new employer demand and worker retirement, graduates will find the opportunity to do the same, investing in the communities they have come to call home.

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