Chris Holt presents at the CCSBE conference

Chris Holccsbe logot presented the paper the “Institutionalization of Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario”, co-authored with Creso Sá, at the 2017 conference of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The conference took place at Laval University, Quebec City.

The paper argues that Experiential Learning Theory provides a useful foundation to understand how different modalities of entrepreneurship education support students’ learning. It proposes a framework encompassing curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities currently available in Ontario colleges and universities.

Litmus test for science funding

Screenshot from 2017-04-20 12-36-19Creso published an op-ed in the Times Higher Education on the release of the Naylor Report and what it means to science policy in Canada.

When it won the Canadian general election in late 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s incoming Liberal government took on an unabashedly pro-science stance that set it apart from the previous Conservative administration under Stephen Harper. See full text

Science, technology and innovation: A new narrative is needed

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 10.33.23 PMCreso published an op-ed in the Globe and Mail on the need for new thinking to inform science policy in Canada.

The idea that science is inextricably linked to technological progress is now taken for granted.

Historical evidence is voluminous and examples abound all around us, from satellites that keep our GPS devices working to medical treatments that cure diseases that have victimized millions in the past. This idea has unfortunately been drastically simplified to fit a global narrative of innovation that has shaped science policy in Canada and internationally. See Full text.

The politics of the great brain race

HENew paper by Creso and Emma Sabzalieva examines the policy and politics around international student recruitment in higher education in four Anglophone countries.

As the number of globally mobile students has expanded, governments are assumed to be consistently and intentionally competing for talent, in what has been called a “great brain race”. While the notion of competition has become dominant, there is little evidence on long-term policy dynamics in this field, not only across jurisdictions but also over time. This paper addresses this  through a longitudinal analysis of the politics and public policies impacting international students in four major recruiting countries—Australia, Canada, England and the USA.

Through this comparative analysis of the period 2000 to 2016, the study demonstrate that international student numbers across the jurisdictions have grown steadily but that this appears to be decoupled from political and policy changes.

Creating a world-class university in Central Asia

captureA new paper by Emma Sabzalieva looks at the policies of the Kazakhstani government towards a recently founded institution, Nazarbayev University. The government seeks to position Kazakhstan as a credible global knowledge economy, but also use the university as a means of fulfilling domestic nation-building objectives. The paper discusses what it means to be a world-class university in this Central Asian country. Access the full paper here.