Premier Appoints Tim ONeill to Help Strengthen Nova Scotias University System

first_img FOR BROADCAST: Economist and former Bank of Montreal executive vice- president Tim O’Neill will provide advice and recommendations to government on how to further strengthen Nova Scotia’s world- class university system. Premier Darrell Dexter says Nova Scotia’s universities are critical to the economic and social development of the province and it is important to strengthen the delivery of education at the university level in a time where demands of the workforce and the economy are changing so rapidly. Mr. O’Neill says the aim of his work is to identify policy options to ensure the long-term viability of the university sector. His report is expected in early summer. -30- Economist and former Bank of Montreal executive vice-president Tim O’Neill will provide advice and recommendations to government on how to further strengthen Nova Scotia’s world-class university system. “Nova Scotia’s universities are critical to the economic and social development of the province and it is important to strengthen how we deliver education at the university level, particularly in a time where demands of the workforce and the economy are changing so rapidly,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. Mr. O’Neill will examine the demographic trends and financial situation facing post-secondary education and assess the impact on the long-term viability of the university system. He will develop policy options for the province to ensure Nova Scotians have a sustainable and responsive education system. “Nova Scotia benefits from a strong university system that delivers quality teaching to its students along with research that enhances the environment for innovation,” said Mr. O’Neill. “Universities also improve the economic, social and cultural life of the communities in which they operate. The aim of my work is to identify policy options which ensure the long-term viability of the university sector.” Mr. O’Neill’s findings and advice will help develop arrangements between the province and universities, including financial support. Mr. O’Neill will also examine links between universities and economic and social development activities, including research and development, labour force and community economic development. He will consult with university and college leaders, students and other people with expertise in the university sector. “Our university leaders welcome the opportunity to work closely with Mr. O’Neill and the government on developing policy options which ensure the sustainability of the province’s university system,” said John Harker, president and vice-chancellor of Cape Breton University and chair of Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. “Mr. O’Neill’s recognition of the important role our universities play in economic growth and social and cultural development across the province is appreciated. Our universities are enthusiastic about the consultation process and look forward to being active participants.” The report is expected in early summer. To view the terms of reference, visit http://gov.ns.ca/PPO/ .last_img read more