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.
… and more than half of these students are from Asia.
Read more in The Pie News.
The city of Kingston in Ontario has an extremely low rental housing rate of 0.6%. While the city struggles to come up with a solution to the problem, one city councillor is arguing that an important factor that is being ignored is the large number of international students in the city.
Read more on Global News.
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.
Trent University and Fleming College are working together to develop a new program to help internationally trained nurses become registered nurses in Ontario. They have received $2 million in funding from the provincial government. Ontario currently has a shortage of nurses.
Read more in The Peterborough Examiner.
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.
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.
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.
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.