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Ontarians rank universities’ contributions to society as essential, second in importance only to hospitals, and elementary and high schools, a new Gandalf Group survey shows.
Poll results released Tuesday by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) show that Ontarians believe universities make important contributions to research, science, health care, culture and society, as well as in preparing students for the workforce.
The belief is not confined to those who attended university, but is shared by much of the Ontario population.
The poll found the vast majority of Ontario university graduates credit their university education with career success and most Ontarians believe that universities’ ability to increase knowledge and skills is a valuable contribution.