Friday, 12 November 2010

Canada:Ontario Trillium Scholarships 2011

Premier Dalton McGuinty wrapped up Ontario’s mission to China today by announcing a new Ontario Trillium Scholarship for international students. He made the announcement while speaking to professors and students at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The new scholarship will provide 75 of the world’s best students with $40,000 each year for up to four years to pursue doctoral studies at an Ontario university. During the initial four years, Ontario will invest $20 million to support the program, with participating universities contributing a further $10 million.

Offering scholarships to the world’s brightest students will help Ontario universities compete with top international universities. This will help keep Ontario at the forefront of the global knowledge economy and strengthen academic, cultural and business ties with key markets around the world. Increasing international enrolment in our universities is part of the McGuinty government’s Open Ontario Plan.

Earlier, Premier McGuinty met with Hong Kong Chief Executive, Donald Tsang. The Premier thanked Mr. Tsang for visiting Toronto-area teen Jason Leung in a Hong Kong hospital in the aftermath of the tourist attack in Manila last August. McGuinty and Mr. Tsang also discussed Ontario’s long-standing relationship with Hong Kong, one that is supported by extensive commercial, social and cultural ties.

The Premier’s mission to China will see financial institutions, universities and firms in Ontario and China continue to develop stronger ties into the future. These strong relationships will open doors for Ontario businesses to compete in China and to attract Chinese investment in Ontario, creating more jobs for Ontario families.

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