Canada has little information on how it’s doing in preparing its next generation for an Asia-centred world, and it’s behind other countries such Australia, New Zealand, the US and Germany in promoting Asia competence, according to a study released Monday (November 4) by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Munk School of Global Affairs.
“Canadian ambitions for deeper and stronger economic ties across the Pacific will not be realized unless there is an investment in Asia skills across the country,” Yuen Pau Woo, President and CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.
Among the study’s recommendations:
- Establishing an annual national conference to serve as a mechanism for sharing best practices.
- Ensuring that Canada’s international education strategy is a two-way effort.
- Encouraging governments, as well as the private sector in key economic sectors, to strengthen their Asian know-how by involving Asia-experienced Canadians in strategic advisory boards, industry associations and corporate boards.
Canada’s Asia Challenge: Creating Competence for the Next Generation of Canadians (abstract) – here
Canada’s Asia Challenge: Creating Competence for the Next Generation of Canadians (full report) – here