Volume 93, Issue 50

November 26, 1999


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Canada loses international appeal

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

According to a report released this week, Canadians are welcoming fewer international students than most developed countries.

The study, entitled The National Report on International Students in Canada 1998/99, was compiled by the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

According to CBIE president Jim Fox, Canada slipped from fourth to seventh place for the number of students it attracted within the past 10 years. In addition, he said, less Canadian students are studying abroad.

This number comes at a time when the number of students studying outside their home country has doubled, he explained. "Almost every country has adopted a foreign student policy. We haven't."

The report is very bad news for this country, he said. "Canada's at risk of being on the course of education isolation."

According to the study, Australia made the highest leap on the scale, while the United States is attracting most of the international students.

Fox added the report's findings also mean Canada could suffer poor economic consequences in the future.

Western's rate of international students, however, is not feeling the dip in the numbers alongside the rest of the country, said Greg Moran, VP-academic at Western.

"We've been increasing quite substantially. In general, there's no doubt it's a high priority for us to attract international students."

Moran said he was particularly disappointed with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities move to eliminate the Four Motors Program last week, a program which financially aided exchange students. "We have to change. The rest of the world is way ahead of us."

However, Kerry Delaney, spokesperson for the Ministry, said the program was funded by a temporary grant, intended to attract international students for only a time. "Sometimes with these grants, the original function of them is no longer needed," she said.

Delaney added the Four Motors was an exchange program for students from Europe and said it would probably not greatly affect the dipping numbers of international students coming to the country.

"I don't know that international students having come to Ontario and attend an Ontario institution is quite the same as an exchange program," she said.

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