In an attempt to promote diversity in classrooms and boost the already enormous growth in the country’s economy, Canada has decided to make its system more attractive to international students by widening its presence abroad.
According to a federal analysis, the effects of international students economically between 2010 and 2016 are nearly doubled as a total of $15.5billion has been reached ranging from groceries, rent to tuition fees.
A lot of these students are Indians, Chinese and other economically developing countries like Vietnam.
As stated by Paul Davidson, Universities Canada President, the federal government officials, alongside the colleges and universities officials are presently in the primary stage of strategizing an expansive educational campaign in young populated places in some parts of Africa and in Columbia, promoting Canada as a great destination for educational achievements.
An Educationally Attractive Country
Canada is known to be educationally attractive for years. As at the year 2000, about 123,665 valid study permits were issued in Canada, but this figure has grown to about 572,415 in 2018 hitting a percentage increase of 467.
Also, from Universities Canada’s data, an increase of 15% has been seen across Canada from the enrollment of full-time international students in universities in the last two years.
This growth was realized despite a diplomatic controversy between Saudi Arabia and Canada in August 2017 with the former being the home country of most of the students in Canada.
In the country’s federal budget last month, about $148million was announced to be used for funding international education for five years and also a part of that budget will be used to create ways of attracting foreign students to the country.
According to Jim Carr, the International Trade Minister, as well as affecting the country’s economy positively, long-lasting links are established between the country and the foreign students.
According to the President and CEO of Canadian colleges and Institutes, Denise Amyot, the Canadian classmates of the foreign students learn more about the world from different perspectives brought in by the international students. She also stated that there had been a rise in the number of international students enrolled in colleges; from 4% in 2006/2007 to 8% in 2015/2016.
She added that the changes in the country’s immigration policies have contributed to attracting more foreign students, making it more outstanding than other countries. She continued that most of the country’s immigrants are international students who have studied and may as well be working in the country, thereby contributing to the Labour force of the country.
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