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InternatIonalIzatIon
StrategIeS

Bowkett. "Canada currently spends just CAD $1 million a year to pursue a market that contributes CAD $8
billion annually to communities across the country. Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) have been spending
considerably more than that for a longer period of time.
U.S. President Barack Obama has made explicit commitments to fund efforts to recruit hundreds of thousands
of students from China, India, and Brazil. If Canada is to
successfully compete for top global talent, sustained investment is needed to strengthen and promote the brand
of excellence of Canadian higher education."
Not on the agenda is setting up a new overarching international recruitment operation like EducationUSA, the
British Council, or CampusFrance. "Canadians are averse
to setting up new agencies," Humphries says. "CBIE and
partner associations are keen to work with our government to fulfill roles that in other countries are played by
separate entities."
"I think we might have fallen short in not advocating
that Canada invest in posts abroad like the British Council
and EducationUSA have," says UBC's McKellin. "We are
still at a disadvantage in brand recognition without having
that storefront presence across the world."

Immigration Reforms 
The IES also seeks to increase the number of international
students choosing to remain in Canada as permanent residents after graduation. That is tied to immigration reform.
"We have gone through a year of turbulence in the immigration picture," Humphries says. "On June 1 of 2014,
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) implemented
major changes to its international student program to try
to close a loophole that in the past allowed students on
a valid study permit to come in and never enroll-essentially to enhance the integrity of the program. In addition,
all provinces must designate institutions that will be eligible to receive international students on study permits.
Others can admit students holding visitor visas for up to
6 months only. In general the transition has been smooth,
despite the magnitude of the changes."
The Canadian government also added other beneficial
student residency provisions, Bowkett says: "Eligible international students no longer need to apply for a separate
off-campus work permit; they will be able to work on and
off campus with a valid study permit. Additionally, certain
groups of international students, such as short-term exchange students, language students, and secondary school
students, will now be able to apply for a study permit from
within Canada, reducing barriers to pathways through the
Canadian higher education system."
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The availability of poststudy visas has also been expanded. "We need to continue to work on areas related to
work opportunities," Humphries says. "Off-campus work
as students and after graduation are extremely popular.
There's been an uptick in the postgraduate work permit
program since it was enhanced in 2007. For example,
students in two-year programs are allowed to work in
Canada for up to two years after graduation, those studying three or more years are allowed to stay for three years."
"Students are also interested in permanent immigration," Humphries says. "In the last five years, the
government of Canada has taken on board the value of the
international graduate as potential immigrants to Canada.
CIC has established the Canadian Experience Class to help
students enter into the immigration stream. It gives them
credit for their education in Canada if they work in a designated professional job for one year. This allows students
to segue into a postgraduate permanent residence stream."
On January 1, 2015, the government launched a new system for managing immigration applications called Express
Entry. The impact of this new system on the international
graduates of Canadian educational institutions is not yet
clear, Humphries says. However, CIC indicates that international graduates of Canadian institutions will continue
to have opportunities to become permanent residents.
For example, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), a key
pathway for international graduates, aims to admit 23,000
new permanent residents in 2015 (up from 15,000 in 2014).

Regional Efforts
Much is also occurring at the provincial level, Humphries
says. "In recent years, British Columbia arguably has been
the most active province in terms of missions abroad," says
Humphries. "British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has
been in China and India a number of times promoting
international education in the province. It helps to have a
champion at that level. Many provinces have interesting
international scholarships and opportunities, including
an initiative that gives tuition fees back if students work
for five years in the province, as ways to make themselves
more attractive to students."
Indeed, if Canada may be off the beaten path for some
international students, some of its provinces are even
more so. Nova Scotia, for example, is a peninsula and an
island-Cape Breton-on Canada's Atlantic coast with
a population of fewer than 1 million individuals. Yet it
boasts a vigorous international student sector.
"We are a small province in Canada and small compared
to our international competitors, however, we've been successful through working together to gain more visibility on



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