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									 Oct 2006

 This iCORE Graduate Student Survey was taken in the summer of
 2006. We surveyed past winners of iCORE Graduate Student
 Scholarships to the period ending March 31, 2006. We were able
 to contact 360 of the potential 396 survey respondents and from
 that group 323 people replied representing a response rate of
 90%.




Do you intend to stay in Alberta after finishing your degree?



   No
30.5%




                                         Yes
                                         69.5%




Where did you live before coming to Alberta to study?




                                                        in Alberta
                                                        40.2%



outside of Alberta
           59.8%




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Did iCORE influence your choice to pursue graduate studies in
Alberta?




   No
36.5%




                                                                    Yes
                                                                    63.5%




Why did you choose an Alberta University for graduate studies?




                                                                                                     74%
Excellent funding support

                                                                                             58%
Research opportunity in area of interest

                                                                                         52%
Wanted to work with a specific supervisor

                                                                                       48%
Excellent reputation of the program and faculty

                                                                               41%
Already living in Alberta

                                                             12%
Booming Alberta economy

                                                        6%
Other


                                                0.0          20.0         40.0          60.0       80.0
                                                                      Percentage (%)




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Where do you see yourself in five years?
Researcher working in industry or academia --------------------------- 43%
Professor in a university --------------------------------------------------------- 21%
Did not answer ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 16%
Starting up a company -------------------------------------------------------------- 7%
Studying for a PhD ------------------------------------------------------------------- 5%
Undecided ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5%
Other -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3%




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Education status of the survey respondents

Educational status
                             Counts     Percents                Percents
                                                     0                     100
Studying MSc/MEng                 72         22.4%
Graduated MSc/MEng                49         15.2%
Studying PhD                     154         47.8%
Graduated PhD                     24         7.5%
Post Doctoral                     11         3.4%
Other                             12         3.7%
Totals                           322      100.0%




Citizenship of survey respondents


Citizenship
                Counts       Percents                Percents
                                         0                         100
Canadian             236        74.4%
Chinese               23         7.3%
Iranian              13          4.1%
Romanian                 5       1.6%
Bangladeshi              4       1.3%
Egyptian                 4       1.3%
Indian                   3       0.9%
Nigerian                 3       0.9%
UK                       3       0.9%
Vietnamese               3       0.9%
Brazilian                2       0.6%
Israeli                  2       0.6%
Other                16          5.0%
Totals               317       100.0%




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How important were the following attributes of iCORE
scholarships?

a. The monetary value of the scholarships
                     Counts       Percents          Percents
                                             0                   100
Very Important (5)       194         60.6%
(4)                       98         30.6%
Neutral (3)               16          5.0%
N/A                       11          3.4%
Other                         1       0.3%
Totals                   320        100.0%



b. The ease of access to the scholarships
                     Counts       Percents          Percents
                                             0                   100
Very Important (5)       137         42.8%
(4)                      115         35.9%
Neutral (3)               50         15.6%
(2)                           4       1.3%
N/A                       14          4.4%
Totals                   320        100.0%



c. The reputation of the supervisor
                     Counts       Percents          Percents
                                             0                   100
Very Important (5)        94         29.6%
(4)                      109         34.3%
Neutral (3)               61         19.2%
(2)                           9       2.8%
Not Important (1)         14          4.4%
N/A                       31          9.7%
Totals                   318        100.0%



d. The reputation of department faculty
                     Counts       Percents          Percents
                                             0                   100
Very Important (5)        55         17.2%
(4)                      124         38.9%




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[Continuing table]
d. The reputation of department faculty
                     Counts       Percents           Percents
                                              0                   100
Neutral (3)                80         25.1%
(2)                        17         5.3%
Not Important (1)          14         4.4%
N/A                        29         9.1%
Totals                   319        100.0%



e. The reputation of the university
                     Counts       Percents           Percents
                                              0                   100
Very Important (5)         49         15.4%
(4)                      119          37.3%
Neutral (3)                92         28.8%
(2)                        14         4.4%
Not Important (1)          17         5.3%
N/A                        28         8.8%
Totals                   319        100.0%



f. The research infrastructure available
                     Counts       Percents           Percents
                                              0                   100
Very Important (5)         87         27.5%
(4)                      113          35.8%
Neutral (3)                70         22.2%
(2)                           9       2.8%
Not Important (1)             9       2.8%
N/A                        28         8.9%
Totals                   316        100.0%




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g. The community of graduate students
                     Counts       Percents              Percents
                                               0                     100
Very Important (5)        38           12.0%
(4)                       88          27.8%
Neutral (3)              116          36.6%
(2)                       28           8.8%
Not Important (1)         19           6.0%
N/A                       28           8.8%
Totals                   317          100.0%



h. Faculty research areas matched my personal research
interests
                     Counts                  Percents
                                  0                       100
Very Important (5)       129
(4)                      105
Neutral (3)               47
(2)                           5
Not Important (1)             8
N/A                       25
Totals                   319



i. Research areas are linked to important issues in the ICT sector
                     Counts       Percents              Percents
                                               0                     100
Very Important (5)        38           12.0%
(4)                       97          30.7%
Neutral (3)               93          29.4%
(2)                       28           8.9%
Not Important (1)         32          10.1%
N/A                       28           8.9%
Totals                   316          100.0%




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j. The opportunity to build my reputation
                     Counts     Percents                  Percents
                                            0                         100
Very Important (5)         79      24.9%
(4)                      112       35.3%
Neutral (3)                71      22.4%
(2)                        21       6.6%
Not Important (1)          12       3.8%
N/A                        22       6.9%
Totals                   317      100.0%




Please indicate whether the following statements describe your
current reality.



a. iCORE scholarships have helped establish a
world-class graduate student community in my i...
b. iCORE scholarships have allowed me to
pursue world-class research in Alberta
c. iCORE scholarships have allowed me to
develop knowledge that will impact the ICT sect...
d. iCORE scholarships are providing me with
opportunities to build my reputation
e. The iCORE program positions Alberta as an
ICT centre of excellence

                                                      0          20         40        60            80      100
                                                                              Percents


      Describes Very Well (5)                   (4)                                   Neutral (3)
      (2)                                       Does Not Describe (1)                 N/A




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In your opinion, how likely will iCORE reach the following goals?




a. Keeping valuable knowledge workers in
Alberta
b. Keeping intellectual property in Alberta

c. Developing important roles for iCORE
researchers in the ICT sector/companies in Alb...
d. Growing the ICT sector in Alberta


                                                    0           20    40        60   80        100
                                                                        Percents


     Very Likely (5)         (4)                        Neutral (3)      (2)              Not Likely (1)
     N/A




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