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Federal government invests $15 million to expand international policy study

UToday HomeApril 19, 2013

By Stephen Kent

Joe Oliver (centre), Canada's minister of natural resources, announced a $15-million investment by the federal government into a new program in international policy at the University of Calgary. Also taking part in the announcement were University President Elizabeth Cannon and Jack Mintz, director and Palmer Chair of the School of Public Policy.Joe Oliver (centre), Canada's minister of natural resources, announced a $15-million investment by the federal government into a new program in international policy at the University of Calgary. Also taking part in the announcement were University President Elizabeth Cannon and Jack Mintz, director and Palmer Chair of the School of Public Policy.Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources, announced a $15-million investment Thursday by the federal government towards a new program in international policy at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.

The program is designed to assist Canada in diversifying its economy, markets and trade relations by identifying and addressing key international issues.

“Our investment towards this new International Policy Program will support the development of policies and practices that increase Canada’s competitiveness in global markets,” Oliver said.

The School of Public Policy has a strong reputation for its practical, global and focused perspective on public policy analysis and practice. It will look to build on this reputation by offering unparalleled expertise in the field of international policy and prescriptions for government to act on.

“Our goal is for this program to be the flagship program of international policy studies in Canada,” said Jack Mintz, director and Palmer Chair of the School of Public Policy. “To achieve this, we will create opportunities for global experts from business, government and academia to come together to discuss major issues, and to produce valuable research and analysis.”

Four priority areas have been set out as a framework for the program: International Economics, Extractive Resource Governance, Asian Market Diversification, and Security of State, Resources and Relations.

Oliver’s announcement came at a symposium on extractive resources hosted by the School of Public Policy in downtown Calgary.

 

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