Universities benefit from both Brexit and Trump
As U.S. and British legislators tighten the screws on travel and visa rules, they might be squeezing out international researchers and students. Canadian universities, meanwhile, are seeing surging interest from both groups.
“Leading researchers from the U.S. and U.K. have been making inquiries of Canadian universities, with the intent of possibly relocating,” said Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada, which advocates for Canadian universities at the federal level. Among the scholars are “Nobel-calibre people,” he added.
The group’s online listing of academic jobs has seen the number of queries from the U.S. double since the U.S. presidential election.
Interest from U.K.-based researchers has also spiked, after the country voted last summer to leave the European Union, which is a major source of funding for British academic research.