UQAM develops app for new Canadians

The Universite du Quebec a Montreal is developing a new app to consolidate all the resources and services newcomers need into one place. The app will help newcomers find housing, sign their kids up for school, open a bank account and the like. The app is supposed to be ready in November this year.

Read more in the Montreal Journal (if you read French).

San Diego State University lays off all full-time ESL teachers

Teachers were expecting some layoffs because of declining enrolment, but were apparently shocked to find out that all full-time teachers were being let go. Classes will continue and the American language Institute will not close. Part-time teachers have been recruited to teach, making it clear that the university was looking to slash the costs of benefits that go along with full-time jobs.

Read more in The Pie News.

International student arrested for working too much

An international student in Ontario was arrested by the OPP when it was discovered that he had been working more than the 20 hours a week that those in the country on a student visa are allowed to work. The student has said that his expenses as an international student became too much for his family back home to afford and so he needed to work more.

Read more on Global News.

Provincially-mandated tuition decrease for domestic students to be offset by tuition increases for international students

While the Ontario government recently said that tuition for post-secondary education must be reduced by 10%, the unspoken directive was to increase tuition or numbers of international students to make up for the shortfall. The University of Windsor has already announced its plans to increase tuition for international students.

Read more on CBC.

Canada wants more international students

Any reader of this blog will know that various Canadian governments have implemented policies and programs over the past few years to encourage international students to choose Canada as their study location. New initiatives are afoot, with the federal government announcing nearly $148 million over five years to international education; part of that funding is to be dedicated to recruitment.

Read more in the National Post.

Chinese government-sponsored student groups in Canada

There is some controversy around The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), which has many chapters across the west. In October at Thompson Rivers University, students participated in a university parroved military-style flag raising. The groups have been criticized as being steered by Chinese consulates or embassies, which attempt to control Chinese students studying abroad.

Read more in the Prince George Citizen.

The “golden age” of international education in the US is over

It is not only the current inward-looking presidency that is causing the downfall of international education in the US. Other factors include a massive decline in foreign language programs, growing skepticism over the incentives used to recruit international students and a failure to integrate international students into campus life.

Read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education.