February 20, 2011
Spending Freely on Research, Canada Reverses Brain Drain
A national strategy, including billions of dollars in grants, draws top talent from around the globe
In the mid-1990s, higher-education officials in Canada warned of the consequences of government cuts in research funds and an exodus of academic talent.
Today, amid intensifying global competition for the best and brightest, Canada is on a roll, importing research stars and nurturing young Canadian and foreign scholars and postdoctoral students. The talk now is of brain gain, not brain drain.
What changed? Federal and provincial governments have pumped in unprecedented amounts