French students studying at Quebec universities will no longer pay in-province university tuition fees starting next year under a renegotiated bilateral agreement between the French and Quebec governments.
Canada-based travel and international student insurance firm Ingle International will rebrand its international student service as it grows operations globally with the aim to reach 1m students in the new year.
The Canadian province has unveiled a new international education strategy that aims to increase the number of incoming post-secondary level international students by 75% by 2020, helping to plug a labour market gap and build international trade ties.
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.
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 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.
In more exciting acquisitional activity in the education agency space, Canada's Loyalist Group has reported it is set to acquire Uhak.com (Uhak), South Korea’s largest education agency, for CAN$8.1m, of which $5.3m will be paid in cash. Loyalist's CEO said the deal meant "a new dimension to Loyalist's vertical integration strategy".
Chief Executive at English UK, Eddie Byers, has stated that the UK's ELT sector needs to work harder to make the government understand it is a "key feed" into the HE sector. And English Australia's Sue Blundell wowed ALTO delegates with data illustrating Australia's growth and grasp of stats.