LETHBRIDGE: International students and researchers are the target of a new federal
initiative, aimed at drawing more people to Canadian universities.
The government is committing $5-million a year to the goal of attracting
450,000 individuals to our post-secondary institutions by 2022. Some of the
countries they're hoping to draw from include China, Brazil, India, Mexico,
Turkey and Vietnam.
Paul Pan, the Director of the International Centre for Students at the
University of Lethbridge spoke to Country 95, saying it's something they're
looking forward to.
Pan noted that it couldn't have come at a better time for the the university,
"The U-of-L's strategic plan for 2014-2019 actually encompasses
internationalization as one of the areas that we're looking to expand, so that
report should be coming out fairly soon, and we are working on increasing
international student numbers."
While talking about the initiative and a report from the government, Pan also
touched on a couple of the major benefits of bringing in foreign students, "It
creates cultural diversity on campus, and there's a lot of other benefits for
Canada as a whole as well. I think, in the report, it actually states that the
total expenditure (by foreign students and researchers) that was spent in Alberta in 2012 is close to
Under the program, the government will ensure that seats are still left open
for Canadian students.