A strong message that international student intake is not the end goal, but part of the process of fostering internationalisation, was delivered this week at CBIE’s 49th annual conference held in Niagara Falls, Canada.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education presented its annual Excellence Awards at its 49th annual conference in Niagara Falls this week, showcasing innovation and outstanding leadership in the sector.
Strong 10% year-on-year growth in enrolments in Canada in 2014 has been documented by CBIE, with the link between international education and migration opportunity one reason for the rise in the global student population.
International education stakeholders are optimistic about what the election of Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party, which swung to power on a platform that included a promise to “remove barriers” to students applying for citizenship, might bring for the sector.
Education leaders from all sectors have developed a best practice guide to internationalisation which they urge education providers to implement. The CBIE-backed statement seeks to ensure partnerships are mutually beneficial and financial gains do not dictate outward-looking agendas.
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.
As education institutions adapt to regulations stipulating that only registered consultants can offer immigration advice, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Registry Council has proposed a new credential and training specific to education.