Volume 94, Issue 8


Walden marching into sunset

Teachers on board, questions remain

Londoners apathetic to upcoming elections

Western Shinerama shines the brightest


USC looking to hire a few good interns

Americans look north for education

Oz finally taps his ruby shoes

Planet Me

Americans look north for education

By Aaron Wherry
Gazette Staff

American students will soon be going north of the border for their education, if a new aggressive marketing campaign by Canadian universities is successful.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, a group representing most universities in Canada, has produced two documents aimed at praising the virtues of Canuck post-secondary education said Christine Tausig Ford, director of publications and communications for the AUCC.

One publication, entitled Reach Higher, lists the top 10 reasons to attend university in Canada, including Canada's cultural mosaic, four seasons, outstanding facilities, safety and cleanliness. The AUCC also calculated the costs of post-secondary education in various countries and found Canada boasted the most affordable education in the world, Tausig Ford said.

"The publications have been distributed throughout Canadian embassies, educational fairs and educational institutions across the world, Tausig Ford explained.

"Both pamphlets have been very popular at events such as the American Guidance Counselor Fair," Tausig Ford said. "The AUCC has twice printed two year supplies of the documents only to have them run out both times."

John Carrington, manager of news service for the University of Windsor, said recruiting American students is very important for the university.

"Three years ago, Windsor launched a program which provided cheaper international tuition for American students wishing to study in Windsor," Carrington explained. "Under the plan Americans could study in Windsor for the tuition price of US $3800," he said.

The program has been a success, with 60 to 70 American students currently studying at Windsor, he said. The university has also hired a United States recruiter who visits Michigan high schools on a regular basis.

Windsor's attempts to attract American students has even garnered major US media coverage from the New York Times, Boston Globe and other major newspapers, Carrington said.

Jess Mitges, a third-year psychology student at Huron college, said she went to high school in Pennsylvania but was drawn to Canada after graduation.

"My parents actually came here [for their university educations] so I wanted to carry on the tradition," she said. "There was also the financial aspect. It was much less expensive to come here."

Roma Harris, Western's vice-provost and registrar, said Western has made the United States, Pacific rim countries, as well as the West Indies, the focus of recruitment initiatives.

"We've had discussions with people at the Canadian Embassy [in New York] about hosting events for American students," she said. "We also have international exchange programs that attract foreign students to Canada."

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