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Pages: 3711-3716
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-615-5563-5
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2012
Location: Valencia, Spain

GLOBALIZATION AND EDUCATION IN CANADA: BUILDING UPON A STRONG ECONOMY AND SASKATCHEWAN’S RESPONSE TO THIS FAST-GROWING MARKET

A.L. Ta

University of Saskatchewan (CANADA)
Think of the word globalization. What ideas come to mind? One might say business theory, free trade and economies, technology and development. As students from around the world become increasingly mobile and seek to study abroad, globalization has now become a focus for discussion in the area of education. In Canada, international education now holds such strong economic value that it is considered a revenue generating industry in itself. This presentation will discuss the economic effects of international students studying in Canada, at the national, provincial and local level, and the various overseas initiatives put in place by the Canadian government and its post-secondary institutions. Using the province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan as examples, this presentation will also discuss the programs and student recruitment initiatives that have been implemented to attract and retain international students, while examining the benefits and implications that can arise.

In 2009, the Government of Canada released a report which assessed the economic contributions that international students brought to the country. The report entitled “Economic Impact of International Education in Canada” highlighted the fact that “in 2008, international students in Canada contributed approximately $6.5 billion to the national economy, provided 83,000 jobs, and contributed $291 million in government revenue”.

By understanding the education structure in Canada, we can better explore the practices that have been implemented to adapt to the changing global landscape. In Canada, education is considered a provincial responsibility; therefore the initiatives surrounding international education and student recruitment, have generally been decentralized. In an effort to develop a more national approach, a branding campaign, titled “Education in-au Canada” was launched in 2008 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). This campaign aimed to help organize and unite Canadian universities in their student recruitment efforts across the globe, while under a branded Canadian umbrella.

The provincial government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan have implemented various programs and initiatives to help attract and retain international students. This includes the ability for international students to work during their studies, the Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program, the post-graduate work permit program, the Canadian Experience Class program and the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program.

The effects of international students studying in Canada begin at the university-level. International student recruitment plays an integral role in achieving student enrolment goals at the University of Saskatchewan. The revenue generated from international students is also substantial as they pay approximately 2.5 times more in tuition than Canadian citizens. Further discussion on the processes, initiatives and financial barriers surrounding recruiting international students will be included in the presentation.

The education and globalization landscape in Canada is but one perspective among many. As young people begin to adopt the concept of what it is to be a “global citizen”, the number of students studying abroad will continue to grow exponentially. It is important to recognize and understand the effects of globalization on education in order to adapt to this dynamic and ever-changing environment.
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A.L. Ta (2012) GLOBALIZATION AND EDUCATION IN CANADA: BUILDING UPON A STRONG ECONOMY AND SASKATCHEWAN’S RESPONSE TO THIS FAST-GROWING MARKET, INTED2012 Proceedings, pp. 3711-3716.
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