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The Canadian government has presented its international education strategy earlier this month. Launched under the responsibility of the Minister of International Trade Ed Fast, the strategy is aiming at increasing Canada’s economic prosperity by making use of Canada’s attractiveness as a study destination for prospective international students.
In total, the number of international students is set to be almost doubled from 239 131 in 2011 to 450 000 by 2022. The strategy estimates that such an increase of international student numbers would create 86 500 net new jobs for a total of 173 100 new jobs linked to international education within Canada. Moreover, doubling the number of international students would provide almost CAD 10 billion (EUR 6.7 billion) to the Canadian economy and approximately CAD 910 million (EUR 610 million) of additional tax revenues.
The prospects seem promising, but how can this be possibly achieved? The Canadian government will
But will Canada really walk the talk? The strategy is ambitious and only future can tell if the Canadian government will manage to suit their actions to the word. Critics have pointed to the difficulties in implementing such an ambitious strategy such as the limited capacity of universities and the risk of ousting local Canadian students. In any case, the report states that performance shall be monitored with an evaluation report by 2018, which will show progress at midway point of Canada’s international education strategy.