To attract international students visa changes are key
Stakeholders from Canada’s education sector gather in Toronto on January 17-18, 2012 to participate in the Collaboratory on Canada’s International Education Strategy.
International students contributed over $6.5 billion to Canada’s economy in 2008, but Canada continues to lag behind other OECD nations in the proportion of international students enrolled. With an aging labour force, Canada needs to attract and retain well-trained workers from abroad. Canada has the highest stay rate among those with student visas in the OECD.
The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is promoting the issue of extending multiple entry visa access to new countries to expand Canada’s international reach. Currently, students on single entry visas are disadvantaged by having to apply for visas every time they leave Canada and come back. This hurts their Canadian experience and can hinder their academic success.
CASA’s National Director, Zachary Dayler is taking part in the event. “Expanding visa regulations will help Canada fill our international education gap,” said Dayler. “Supporting the recruitment efforts of institutions will increase participation from abroad and will enhance learning experiences domestically,” he added.
The Collaboratory on Canada’s International Education Strategy will examine how to enhance Canada’s performance in the international education market.