It is probably a good bet that a larger than average percentage of ELT professionals are concerned about climate change. Well, a recent article in Inside Higher Ed puts the spotlight on international education and the large carbon footprint that it has. Possible solutions are suggested – including students staying home – but that leaves ELT professionals between a rock and a hard place.
Read more on IHE.
In an effort to attract more international students, Lakehead University is turning to the international students it already has. With its Global Ambassador program, some students at Lakead will be recruited to help attract more students from their country. These students will be taught special speaking and presentation skills and will be featured on social media programs.
We are generally pretty cynical and jaded, but this sounds like a bright plan.
Read more on the CBC website.
Only in Canada, man!
Read more on the CTV website.
In 2014, the Canadian federal government set the objective to add 450,000 international students by 2022. In a rare example of a government succeeding in a plan, that number was actually reached by 2018!
A small problem with this great success story is that almost half of those students are from China and India. Given the tensions in relations with China lately (and historical lessons like those of ghost towns) and the comfortable position that Canada is sitting in at this moment, the feds have set some new objectives: diversifying the international student body, increasing the number of Canadian students who go to study abroad and improving the experience of international students. All sounds good.
Read more in Maclean’s.
The Brtitish Council has estimated that by 2020, there will be over 2 billion people speaking or learning to speak English. It has also been noted that in non-English speaking countries, the majority of the English teachers will be non-native English speakers.
With these non-native English speaking teachers in mind, Sain Mary’s University in Halifax has jsut launched its new International Masters in Teaching English.
Find out more about the program and the first cohort.
The title says it all, doesn’t it? Also indicates that we are dealing with a study here, and not some accessible stiry with pictures. Anyway, there is very interesting information to be found if you don’t need constant entertainment.
Read all about this StatsCan report.
International student numbers in this northern Ontario city have been growing as they have across the country. But as there has been little cultural or racial diversity, it is unfortunate if not surprising that international students are reporting threats and intolerance.
Find out more about some students’ experiences as well as the reactions of Laurentian University and Cambrian College on the CBC website.
… and more than half of these students are from Asia.
Read more in The Pie News.
Early on this year, the Ontario government announced a 10% tuition decrease for post-secondary students. There was no increase in funds going to post-secondary institutions to make up for the decrease in tuition they will receive, so it is no surprise that some institutions set their eyes on international students to balance the books.
The University of Waterloo is increasing their international student fees from 3 to 15%, depending on the program. The international students in their computer science program will be on the high end of this, seeing their fees rise by 10k next year.
Read more on The Record.
Approximately 100 students forced themselves into a board of governors meeting at the University of Victoria to protest what they call a “two-tiered” system where international students pay higher tuition than domestic students.
Read more in the Times Colonist.