Opinion pieces by President Cassels

The following are opinion pieces written by UVic President Jamie Cassels.

This is Canada's time to lead the world in research

May 31, 2017, Vancouver Sun - This is Canada’s moment. Now is the time for us to lead the world in higher education, research and innovation. In an era of closing borders and closing minds, Canada’s universities are reinforcing worldwide connections to ideas, collaborations and expertise. We have the talent, commitment and networks necessary to lead.

Investing in student success pays dividends

Nov. 15, 2016, Vancouver Sun - Today, 70 per cent of B.C. jobs are filled by employees with post-secondary credentials—a number that is forecast to steadily rise in the years ahead. This was not always the case. As recently as the early 1990s, the workforce was evenly split between those with post-secondary education and those without.

Dunsmuir property sale will benefit capital region

Oct. 19, 2016, Times Colonist - UVic's decision to sell the former Dunsmuir Lodge property in the District of North Saanich has been a local topic of discussion over the past few months. I want to outline some of the benefits of the arrangements that UVic has brokered for the future of the property.

Investment recognizes universities' vital role

Dec. 13, 2014, Times Colonist - As the season for university applications in British Columbia approaches, there will be lively conversation around the holiday table. Where to go and what to study takes some thought. There are plenty of choices. But whether to pursue a post-secondary education shouldn’t be a question.

New budget is a call to action for universities

March 31, 2016, Times Colonist - The 2016 federal budget provides significant support for Canadian universities. Indeed, it is a call to action for universities to recommit to our mission of improving the lives of our students, our communities and our country through education and research.