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Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Issue 9.42; December 12, 2007

Let’s Go Canada

New Year Resolution?

Globe Tipping

The 12 tips of Christmas

Abroad Perspective

Canada’s Multiculturalism: A Success Story

Over The Counter

Prescription for improvement

1) LET’S GO CANADA – New Year Resolution?

At the recent annual Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) conference held on November 24-28, 2007 in Ottawa, much attention was centred on the results of the internationalization survey conducted in 2006 by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). The survey noted steady progress in the proportion of Canadian students undertaking short-term study abroad programs for credit, as well as significant growth in international student recruitment to Canadian universities.

The authors of the report, Tom Tunney, Senior Policy Analyst, International Affairs Branch, and Robert White, Senior Policy Analyst, International Relations Division, AUCC, when asked what policy initiative they would most like to see Canada implement in the coming year, commented:

“A policy imperative therefore exists in Canada to support the recruitment of international students, particularly at the graduate level. We believe that this support should come, in part, in the form of a prestigious scholarship program for international graduate students along the lines of successful programs in other countries such as the U.K., with its Chevening scholarships program, Australia (Endeavour), and the U.S. (Fulbright). Such a program would help put Canada on a more equal footing with its main international competitors and would be an effective tool to help market Canadian higher education internationally.”

2) GlOBE TIPPING – The 12 Tips of Christmas

For those of you who are travelling this Christmas, MSNBC’s The 12 tips of Christmas travel, a collection of travel tips, is a must read. The article will surely help your journey be as safe and smooth as possible. From lost luggage to packing problems, there is a tip available, with a host of online guidebooks and web resources too.

Note: Overseas Overwhelmed is taking a break for the holidays. Our next issue is slated to come out January 9, 2008. Happy Holidays from all of us at Higher-Edge!

3) Abroad Perspective – Canada’s Multiculturalism: A Success Story

Over the years, Canada’s willingness to embrace and welcome new cultures has resulted in a rich multicultural, multilingual and multi-talented mix of people from across the globe.

The latest census figures released this month by Statistics Canada show that 19.8 per cent of the population in 2006 was foreignborn,thehighestproportionsince1931. Bycontrast,the entire Canadian population grew only 3.3 per cent in the same period.

Almost two-thirds of the nation’s foreign born population resided in Canada’s three biggest cities: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The highest percentage of newcomers to Canada were from China (14 per cent), followed by India (11.6), the Philippines (7) and Pakistan (5.2). For the first time, the proportion of foreign-born immigrants from Asian and Middle Eastern countries (41 per cent) outstripped those of European heritage.

As indicated by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, during a recent visit to India, some 150,000 international students are getting Canadian work experience, learning languages, and adapting to the Canadian way of life. In a speech at a lunch reception, the Minister stated that Canada would like to provide international students who gain Canadian degrees and work experience an opportunity to permanently settle in Canada.

ource: Statistics Canada and Citizenship and Immigration Canada

4) OVER THE COUNTER – Prescription for improvement

In a recent presentation to the Finance Committee of Canada’s House of Commons, Ms. Claire Morris, President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) urged the Federal government to provide funding for Canadian universities. “Canada must attract more domestic students into graduateprogramsandattractmoretopinternationalgraduate students to fuel Canada’s pipeline of highly qualified personnel and strengthen economic and diplomatic ties abroad.” urged Ms. Morris

Ms. Morris outlined three key areas which required government funding and support -Increasing the number of graduate students inCanada;providingfundingatinternationallycompetitivelevelsfor the institutional costs of supporting research excellence; and investing in needs-based, non-repayable assistance, particularly for students from underrepresented groups.

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