Canada’s education organizations welcome investment to launch international education strategy


View page in | Voir page en : FrançaisThe Economic Action Plan 2013 released today takes important steps towards maximizing Canada’s potential in international education. The government will invest $23M over two years to promote Canada as an international study destination. In a move indicative of its long-term commitment, the government will continue to review the need for additional measures as its fiscal situation improves.The five national organizations that comprise the Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing welcome the budget announcements on behalf of their respective member institutions, which include over 400 K-12 school boards, language schools, colleges, institutes and universities across the country. During 2012, the Consortium played a central role in consultations of the government-appointed Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy.“Today’s budget establishes key foundations of a comprehensive strategy for international education, and provides an important investment to start implementing it,” said Karen McBride, Chair of the Consortium and President and CEO of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). “Given the potential of all aspects of international education to help build Canada’s economic competitiveness, however, we will need to reinforce our efforts over the next few years to keep pace with other countries.”“Canada is a trading nation and a nation with a demographic deficit,” said Jim Knight, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. “Further investments in marketing Canadian education abroad will attract quality international students, many of whom will look to Canada for future trade partnerships or build their careers in our country.”“We’re pleased that the government clearly understands the importance of building prosperity through strategic, targeted and sustained investments, key partnerships and a coordinated, sector-led approach to international education,” said Paul Davidson, President and CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. “And we are pleased the budget announces a first step in helping provide Canadian students with international research opportunities through the Mitacs Globalink Program.”The Consortium also welcomes the budget’s investment of $42M to support enhanced processing capacity within Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Temporary Resident Program, which includes the international student program, and its recognition that an effective international education strategy depends on harnessing the education sector’s full engagement in the strategy’s implementation, including key education associations.“The Consortium remains committed to playing a leadership role, in partnership with government, in order to maximize the potential of international education to contribute to Canada’s future prosperity,” said Karen McBride.The Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing is composed of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I), Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Languages Canada.For more information, contact:Jennifer Humphries613-237-4820 ext.

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