Canada pursuing more international university students

The Canadian government has announced plans to increase the number of international students attending university in Canada.

In a public statement Jason Kenney, federal minister of citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism, recognized the integral role international students play as a source of revenue for universities.

“We need a labour force with the skills and the knowledge to keep our economy competitive in the new global marketplace,” Kenney recently told a delegation in India.

“International recruitment has become a heavier priority over the last three years due to program expansions,” Stephanie Brooks, recruiting director for the Honours Business Administration program at the Richard Ivey School of Business, said.

Brooks, who works closely with Western’s international recruitment services, believes particular programs at Western — especially engineering, science and business — tend to attract international students.

“Ivey has full-time staff in Hong Kong allowing the school to build a strong brand name there,” Brooks said.

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