Education providers and organisations have told The PIE News that US President Barack Obama's announcement this week to restore US diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba carries encouraging signs for international education.
Sheridan College in Ontario has received a donation of CAN$500,000 from international insurance company guard.me to support its growing number of international students. "International students’ services is not keeping up with the demand,” said CEO Keith Segal.
Global ELT chain, EC English Language Centres, is gathering pace in its US expansion, as two new schools, due to open in January, will bring its total number of schools to 21, spanning five countries. The company has said the US is now its "primary destination country".
Canadian universities are undergoing a shift away from academic goals toward provincial and institutional-level international strategies. According to a survey carried out by AUCC, compared to eight years ago, internationalisation is considered a "top priority" at 82% of Canadian universities, up from 70%.
The US's new agent friendly environment was tangible at the AIRC conference this month, where universities were exploring how to be more strategic in filling funding gaps. The ambitious arena is also creating a fertile ground for an imminent boom in pathway providers.
The number of tertiary-level study permits issued so far this year by the Canadian government has already surpassed the number issued in the whole of 2013, and Canada's HE sector is on track to welcome a record number of international students in 2014.