Government of Canada Invests in Student Technology Exchange Program

The University of Waterloo is receiving Government of Canada funding worth $200,000 to support its student exchange project...

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The University of Waterloo is receiving Government of Canada funding worth $200,000 to support its student exchange project, LEIF: A Multicultural Exploration into Research and Education for Surface Computing. Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Talented and creative workers are a critical asset to a successful economy," said Mr.Braid. "These international placements will help students gain the competitive advantage they need for the jobs of the future."

The project will support student and faculty exchanges between Canadian and European post-secondary institutions to improve knowledge and understanding of computer technology. This important field includes multi-touch smartphones and digital wall and tabletop systems that provide means for accessing and sharing information and media.

"It is through projects like LEIF that our government is demonstrating its commitment to enriching academic excellence in Canada. Our government believes that science, technology and innovation are vital to stimulating productivity, competitiveness and growth," added Mr. Braid.

The International Academic Mobility initiative contributes to the development of a highly skilled Canadian labour force by supporting the participation of universities and colleges across Canada in international education and student exchange partnerships. These institutional partnerships focus on developing and supporting international study opportunities for Canadian students.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Backgrounder
The International Academic Mobility initiative offers international learning opportunities to students through student mobility and academic cooperation exchanges between post-secondary institutions in Canada, the United States, Mexico and the European Union. There are three program areas under the initiative: the Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education; the Canada-European Union Program for Co-operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth; and the Special Initiatives Program.

Since the initiative was launched in 1995, approximately 400 Canadian university and college students per year have gained international skills through study experiences abroad. New education technologies and distance learning allow students to benefit from the international linkages established under various mobility projects.

University of Waterloo, Government of Canada, Multicultural Exploration, Research and Education for Surface Computing, Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources, Skills Development, Multi-touch Smartphones, Tabletop Systems, Science, Technology, Innovation, Canadian Students

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