2012 Archive

December 2012 - Editorial by Peter Halpin in The Chronicle Herald, "Universities bring economic, social benefits to N.S."

December 2012 - HALIFAX, NS. - Nova Scotia’s universities now generate an estimated $840 million in annual export revenue, placing the university sector second when compared to the province’s traditional top exporting goods sectors. Export revenue in the plastics and rubber products industries rank first, while the mining and oil and gas extraction industries rank third.

This new data was generated by Gardner Pinfold Consultants Inc. following their update of key findings of a 2011 study (Export Value of Nova Scotia’s Universities) undertaken on behalf of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP).

“Nova Scotia’s universities play an increasingly important role in generating resources from outside the province and providing a greater export component of the province’s aggregate demand, thereby providing a substantial and important contribution to economic growth of the provincial economy”, said Mary Kilfoil, Senior Economist, Gardner Pinfold.

The total export component of Nova Scotia’s universities’ direct expenditures is largely attributable to increased out-of-province enrolment and differential tuition fees for international students. Out-of-province and international students comprised 45% (19,287) of total university enrolments in Nova Scotia (42,911), in 2010-11. Preliminary enrolment data for 2012-13 shows that the province’s universities experienced another 12% increase in international student enrolments (+695).

“These results further validate that Nova Scotia’s universities are indeed a strategic asset and are absolutely vital to the province’s current and future economic prosperity”, said Ray Ivany, President, Acadia University and Chair, CONSUP.

He also noted, that “in addition to being an economic engine for Nova Scotia, our universities are also talent magnets attracting well-educated and highly qualified future citizens to the province.”

Mr. Ivany concluded that, “the updated results of last year’s study absolutely confirm that the university sector generates huge economic and social benefits for the province. In order for universities to continue their success attracting and retaining students, it is critically important that our institutions sustain their high quality and national competitiveness.”


For further information, contact:
Peter Halpin, Executive Director, CONSUP
phalpin@atlanticuniversities.ca (902) 425-4238/497-4419

AAU Executive Director Peter Halpin will moderate a panel discussion on the subject of Profiting from Health Research at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIM) Open for Business: Creating Wealth Through Better Health conference, World Trade Centre, Halifax, NS, Thursday, November 15.

November 1, 2012 - SACKVILLE, NB - The Association of Atlantic Universities, in partnership with Medavie Health Foundation present Making the Connection : Developing a University Team Approach to Student Mental Health Care .

October 15, 2012 - HALIFAX, NS - Universities across the region continue to attract a healthy number of students to their campuses, including significantly more international students. For the fifth straight year, most universities have experienced double-digit enrolment increases among full-time, visa students.

Today, the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) reported its 2012-2013 preliminary survey of enrolments among its 16 member universities. Year-over-year, the region's universities report an overall increase in student numbers, including a 12.4% increase in international students; a 4.3% increase in graduate students and a 6.3% increase in part-time graduate students.

Full-time Undergraduates - 68,327 (+0.4%)
International - 10,895 (+12.4%)
Full-time Graduate - 8,086 (+4.3%)
Part-time Graduate - 5,015 (+6.3%)

Dr. Robert Campbell, President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and Chair, AAU, said the enrolment results reinforce two positive trends among the region’s universities.

“Virtually all of our universities continue to enjoy significant year-over-year enrolment increases among international students. This positive trend validates that Canada’s East Coast universities are viewed as an excellent and attractive destination for international students seeking high quality education and world-class degrees in naturally beautiful and safe communities. Our success also validates the view of the federal government’s Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education which calls for investments in international student recruitment to attract top talent and help meet Canada’s workforce needs.”

Dr. Campbell also noted that, “the increases in graduate student enrolments is particularly heartening as it confirms that more people recognize the value of life-long learning as key to their future prosperity.”

Dr. Campbell also emphasized that area governments and communities must continue to support universities, who are working hard to maintain and increase their national and international competitiveness, in order to continue to attract high quality students to the region. “We have outstanding universities which serve not just as talent magnets but also as economic engines and social development leaders in communities both large and small across the region.”

The Association of Atlantic Universities represents the interests of universities across the region, ensuring public visibility for the important role they play in preparing future leaders of our communities, in path-breaking research and innovation, and in contributing to the economic prosperity of life in Atlantic Canada.


For further information, contact: Peter Halpin, Executive Director, (902) 425-4238/497-4419



September 2012 - The AAU announces the winners of the 2012 AAU Teaching awards click here for more...

May 2012 - Two Atlantic Canadian university presidents have been named among Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2012 Top 50 CEOs.

Dr. Robert Campbell

Dr. Sean Riley

Dr. Robert Campbell, President & Vice-Chancellor, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, and AAU Chair; and Dr. Sean Riley, President, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, and AAU Vice-Chair, were recognized at an awards ceremony held in Halifax on May 9.


January 2012 - HALIFAX, NS - Nova Scotia’s university leaders are deeply disappointed with the Government’s decision to reduce its annual operating grant to their institutions for the second straight year. To read the News Release, click here...