Ongoing teachers’ strikes in British Columbia have forced schools to cancel summer programmes and with less than a fortnight until schools are due to reopen, there are fears that the dispute may not be resolved in time for the beginning of the new academic year affecting some 11,000 foreign students.
At the fifth annual Summer Seminar of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) in Canada, pathway programmes and increasing partnerships between secondary and post-secondary institutions were discussed as being integral to the province’s sustainable growth.
The Canadian federal government has announced CAN$10.5 million of funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programmes for new migrants in British Columbia (BC), as part of a wider move to centralise management of services for new immigrants.
British Columbia in Canada is to tighten its quality requirements for post-secondary institutions and language schools. As of June 2014, all eligible institutions will be required to sign up to its Education Quality Assurance scheme (EQA), in light of upcoming changes to the International Student Programme.
British Columbia, which welcomes almost 30% of all international students in Canada, has refreshed the website it uses to market itself as a study destination. BC hosted 100,700 international students in 2010-11, up from 94,000 the previous year, but authorities want this to reach 150,000 by 2015.
A raft of far-reaching proposals to overhaul K-12 level international education programmes in British Columbia, Canada – including a levy on foreign students – is being mooted by the provincial government. It says the reforms will protect the reputation of BC education abroad, but many in the sector complain they have not been consulted.