Monday, February 4th, 2013

Ontario Creates More Opportunities for Grad Students

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MitacsThe Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities recently announced the government is extending support to the Mitacs Accelerate program.

The popular program connects graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with applied research opportunities at companies across Ontario. Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that promotes research and innovation by building links between industry and universities.

“In today’s knowledge-based economy, it is vital that Ontario continues to support advanced research and develop a highly educated and skilled workforce,” said The Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

“For the past five years, the Mitacs program has not only provided graduate students with relevant research opportunities, but also allowed companies to access high-quality research expertise.”

Ontario is providing $8.4 million over two years to the Mitacs Accelerate program. The new funding will help provide about 1,400 four-month internships to Ontario graduate students over two years.

“By building bridges between academia and industry, companies will benefit from accessing this top talent, further supporting the development of new products and services, while graduate students gain a real-world perspective of their research. We thank the Government of Ontario for its partnership,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs Inc.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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