School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Global Education for Canadians: Equipping Young Canadians to Succeed at Home and Abroad

Margaret Biggs

Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen’s University; Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Thursday November 16, 2017


Margaret Biggsl, November 16, 2017 [image]

 

Margaret Biggs

Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen’s University; 
Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Abstract:  
Is international education an indulgence for an affluent few, or is it essential learning for all Canadian students? A new report by the Study Group on Global Education - an independent group of university and college presidents, private sector leaders and policy experts - argues that the opportunity to study and work abroad provides students with knowledge, skills and global connections that are essential for their success, and Canada’s future. Other countries such as Australia and the United States have made global education a national priority. Canada has no such strategy, and it shows. 

Biography:   Margaret Biggs is Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University and Chairperson of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). From 2008-2013 she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) responsible for overseeing Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance efforts worldwide. Previously, Ms. Biggs served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet and Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning, in the Privy Council Office.