Canada turns to India to mitigate skills shortage

November 12, 2012

Canada is exploring PSE partnerships as a form of "soft" diplomacy and as part of a global economic strategy that includes attracting Indian students to ease a growing skills shortage. "Canada is looking to take advantage of India's demographic profile," said the senior advisor to uAlberta's president on the sidelines of a PSE conference held last week in New Delhi. She noted that Canada has the second largest oil sands after Saudi Arabia, "but we don't have enough people to work. We have partnered with IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Bombay, IIT Roorkee and oil companies such as India Oil to not only train Indian middle-level managers but also to attract students." At the conference, International Trade Minister Ed Fast highlighted Canada's interest in PSE partnerships in India, and in attracting Indian students to Canada. He said Canada was looking at investment in education as a form of soft diplomacy and a means of improving economic prosperity in both nations. University World News