Canada’s New Higher Education Strategy: Indian student Perspective
Over the last decade, the world has witnessed a dramatic change in the preference of Indian students. From 2009 to 2012, their number one study destination was the UK then from 2012 to 2016 they chose the USA, and from 2017 to till date, Canada has been the most preferred place for them. Since 2017, there has been a towering increase in the admissions of Indian students in Canada. In fact, not only from India but also from across the world, students go to Canada to complete their Higher Education. In 2018 alone, more than 721,000 international students studied in Canadian universities and colleges. In fact, it is a win-win situation for both. International students get the opportunities to read in one of the best universities and colleges, and in return, Canada receives revenue.
Although revenue is a factor, there are many more reasons behind Canada’s interest in International Students. For instance, its population is getting older, due to which Canada is facing significant labor shortages, particularly in the highly qualified professionals and skilled trades that maintain a modern economy. Moreover, advancement in technology and changing nature of work has created a demand for newly trained professionals who with their skills, creativity, and adaptability could contribute to the Canadian economy. Therefore, to fulfill the gap, the Canadian government encourages international students to live and work in Canada.
In Canada’s International Education Strategy (CIES) 2019-2024, Mr. James Gordon Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification highlighted International Students and said “In 2018, international students in Canada contributed an estimated $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP, and supported almost 170,000 jobs for Canada’s middle class. This is a significant economic contribution—and one that is felt right across the country”.
As a matter of fact, the Canadian government is readily giving opportunities to deserving students to acquire permanent residency. In this context in CIES, Mr. Ahmed Hussein, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada revealed Canada’s preference to give PR to International students he wrote “As most international students are young, have Canadian educational qualifications and in-demand labour skills, and are proficient in one of our official languages, they are often ideal candidates for permanent residency. In fact, nearly 54,000 former students became permanent residents in Canada in 2018”.
With the new International Education Strategy in place, Canada has become more aggressive in its approach to compete with other countries. Its objectives are to diversify the incoming students, strengthen its educational institutes and their reach abroad, and even sending Canadian students to overseas to acquire new skills and techniques. The strategy aims to fill the gap in the labor market, increase trade with other countries, create new jobs, and boost Canada’s innovation capacity.
What does it mean for Indian Students?
Indian students have immense opportunities to build their career in Canada. With the implementation of the new strategy, Indian students will have a more straightforward study visa process, more vibrant study experience, more possibilities to study in regional institutes, and more scholarship opportunities. Moreover, it is highly likely that they will get more job opportunities. And on above all there is an excellent chance for them to get permanent residency in Canada. Indeed, it is the right time to study in Canada.
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