A report released last week advised that Canada should aim to double its intake of international students within the next ten years. The report that was commissioned by the Canadian government claims that “International education is a key driver of Canada’s future prosperity” and that the sector boosted the economy by $8billion in 2010, a figure the government wants to see increased.
Canada are hoping to echo the successes of New Zealand and Britain’s recent pushes in the international education market. Offering 14 recommendations to increase student traffic, the report included guidelines to target priority markets including China, India, Brazil and Mexico. The report also suggests following the success of the visa changes in New Zealand, calling for faster visa processing and more thorough training for embassy staff.
The report comes just weeks after Canada appeared second in our best study abroad destinations for 2013. The universities in the country include the likes of Acadia University and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, both of which are highly regarded institutions. Degrees from Canadian universities are internationally recognised, which is part of the attraction for international students.
Whilst the Canadian government have yet to make a formal response to the proposal, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada said it would be imminent.
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