Saturday, November 13, 2010

Indian students to be attracted by Canadian universities

Presidents of 15 Canadian universities are on a seven-day visit to India. The objective is to attract students from India which is considered as the second fastest growing nation in the world.

The two countries have signed a memorandum of understanding on higher education during the Prime Minister’s visit there last year. This is regarded as the biggest mission by Canadian educational institutions since then. It is estimated that more than 150,000 Indian students go abroad for higher education every year but only 3000 students go to Canada for the purpose of higher education. Only a fraction of Indian students got enrolled in the universities of Canada last year.

The foreign students pay more than $15,000 as fees which can amount to around $6.5 billion. This means the same amount can be pumped into the Canadian economy if more and more students get enrolled in their universities.

The Canadian education mission would be travelling to Pune and Delhi. All this has been organized by Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).  The meetings would be held with the administrators of the educational institutions of public and private sector. All this is expected to create special ties between the two nations.  

There would be roundtable with Indian university presidents Human Resource minister Mr Kapil Sibal and his Canadian counterpart would be attending the roundtable. 
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) are also organizing the higher education summit and this Canadian mission would also participate in it.

Before leaving for India, AUCC president Paul Davidson said, “This mission is a way for us to get to know India and its needs more deeply - and to make sure that when Indians think of research and higher education, they think of us.”

He also said that the educators and business people should be aware that Canadian universities would like to build partnerships with Indian universities. All this can strengthen the bonds between the countries apart from bringing about advancement in research collaborations.

Source: EconomicTimes 

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