Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
With Foreign Affairs Canada recent announcement of the major step forward in sharing diplomatic resources overseas, will this advance or hinder its international student recruitment file? Here are some quick thoughts.
First, this strikes me as an excellent use of resources. Given the general tendency to cut back on our diplomatic presence worldwide (regrettable but perhaps a cost-cutting requirement) this gives us at least some cover where Canadian interests are not present. Moreover, while many international student recruiters ply most of their trade in a short list of key countries, some travels still take personnel to less-travelled countries. Some of these might well have coverage from UK missions.
Secondly, the UK is one of the major players and one of our few most prominent competitors in the international student recruitment field. This may well give Canadians an opportunity to learn more of some of the better if not ‘best’ practices that some UK diplomatic personnel can offer guidance on.
For now, this seems like a smart move for Canada, and good for international student recruiters. Next up? Perhaps, a similar initiative with France or the U.S.