Canadians pride themselves on their open, diverse and innovative society. But is Canada really prepared for the challenges that lie ahead?

Young Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in a more complex and competitive world. Technological innovation is changing the nature of work and the skills required for the 21st-century economy. Relationships with emerging countries are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s prosperity. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.

Authored by the Study Group on Global Education – an independent group of educational leaders, business executives and policy experts established under the auspices of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa – this report calls for a dramatic increase in the number of Canadian post-secondary students participating in study and traineeship experiences abroad.

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