Diplomatic tensions caused by arrest of Huawei executive cause concern at Alberta universities

The University of Alberta and, to a lesser extent, the University of Calgary, have deep ties to China and even Huawei itself. There are concerns about the future of funding and flow of Chinese students as a result of the recent diplomatic tensions between Canada and China, though there is no indication as of yet that China plans to retaliate by blocking funding or students.

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International students more vulnerable to sexual assault than their domestic peers

MOSAIC, an immigrant services organization in Vancouver, is working to improve the support available for international students who are the victims of sexual assault. The CEO of the organization believes that international students are more vulnerable because they are more likely to be isolated, lack a social network and are navigating a different cultural context.

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Educators worry about trade war and political tensions with China

There are roughly 600,000 Chinese students studying abroad and they add a lot of money into the coffers of colleges and universities. In Canada, roughly one in three international students is Chinese. An Illinois college was so worried about the fallout of the Trump trade war that they actually took out an insurance policy with Lloyds of London.

For a short article that has some really fun details on this, read more in the Vancouver Sun.

Where do Canadian PSE institutions revenues come from?

Statistics Canada has reported that revenue for all 166 public Canadian colleges, cegeps and polytechnics rose 0.2 billion in 2016/17 over the previous academic year. As provincial funding has remained flat for several years, the increase in revenue is due to larger tuition being collected. There has been an increase of 27.2% in tuition since 2012/2013. It is important to note that a large part of this increase in tuition revenue is due to the 55% increase in international students.

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Rise in fraudulent international student applications at UPEI

The University of Prince Edward Island saw a large increase in the number of fraudulent international student applications in the 2017-2018 school year, up to 50 while the number was only 10 two years ago. The director of recruitment at the university attributes 60 per cent to people who wanted to study but did not have the grades needed to enter the university, while he says the rest are people who are trying to gain access to Canada in order to work illegally.

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