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Canada: UCW establishes Americas bursary

Students from 34 countries will be able to study at Vancouver-based University Canada West paying domestic fees, thanks to a new initiative launching this academic year.

University Canada West is located in Vancouver. Photo: UCW

Last year, Eastern Michigan University in the US made the news for offering in-state fees to international students

Named The Americas Bursary, the offer will be open to students from South, Central, North America and the Caribbean. The initiative will be open to all degree programs offered by UCW, until the Fall 2021 term, with the aim to promote international education in the region.

“The opportunity to study in Canada is often limited by critical factors, including the costs”

The initiative was welcomed by the consul general of Mexico in Vancouver, Berenice Diaz Ceballos, who congratulated the institution on the launch of the program.

“This bursary will help more Mexican students to study in British Columbia. We celebrate and congratulate UCW for this wonderful initiative,” she said in a statement.

“For many talented people, the opportunity to study in Canada is often limited by critical factors, including the costs of education,” UCW president Brock Dykeman said in a statement.

In a comment given to The PIE News, Dykeman explained the institution looked primarily at the rest of the continent, for which Canada is an attractive destination, but UCW will actively monitor the program for future development.

“We are always looking for new ways to give people the opportunity to access education in Canada,” he said.

Last year, Eastern Michigan University in the US made news by offering in-state fees to international students, a move stakeholders applauded as a way to widen access to international education.

Asked whether he would envisage more institutions launching similar programs, Dykeman told The PIE that he would “welcome the competition.”

“We would expect others to launch similar initiatives, investing on a concept that will really benefit international students and talented individuals. We would therefore welcome the competition,” he said.

“We believe we really have worked through a totally sound initiative that will benefit students from the Americas, and we’d be happy to see other institutions sharing our commitment to making this possible.”

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