Doctoral enrolment on the rise
In line with Western’s goal to increase Doctoral enrolment, recent figures show the number of Doctoral students on campus has increased by 60 per cent over the past five years. This growth was broadly spread across the University, with nearly all Faculties experiencing significant increases.
Half of the growth in total graduate enrolment – including both Masters and Doctoral candidates – has come from new programs, and 74 per cent of that can be attributed to the creation of new Doctoral programs. It is also interesting to note that of the 3,800 full- and part-time graduate students pursuing their studies at Western this year, 14 per cent come from outside Canada.
The 2005-06 operating budget approved by the Board of Governors last April includes a $2.3-million Graduate Expansion Fund to ensure Faculties can hire additional faculty and staff as graduate enrolment expands.