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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 $600-million."

 

Under the program, the government will ensure that seats are still left open for Canadian students.

 



Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4/16/2014 10:30:43 AM
Source: Patrick Burles (@PatrickBurles on Twitter)-- Country 95 News
 
 
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