In 2018, international students fled to Canadian universities to escape the challenges of living in their home country. According to Ibbitson (2018), Canada expects to receive over 500,000 international students who will attend kinder garden to grade 12, and post-secondary institutions (para.4). With the Canadian dollar lower due to the falling oil prices, charging international students exorbitant tuition fees is the clarion call of British Columbia according to the news media (Choise 2014, 2017; Crowley, 2018; Ibbitson, 2018).
Researchers reveal that the decision-making of international students is not a simplistic push-pull model. In contrast, it is a dynamic motivational process involving choices between the country where they choose to do education and the country where they choose to “make a home” (de Haas, 2014; Findlay et al., 2012).
In European countries like Austria, Hungary, France, and the United Kingdom, political and economic changes create new barriers to immigration. In Canada’s biggest trading partner, the trend began in 2015, with political shift to the conservative right. Canada welcomes the diversity in its universities, where educators enjoy the challenge of enhancing programs to support its multicultural student population. At the University of British Columbia (UBC), one in four UBC students is international ; that is 14,400 international students in a population of 62,000 (Xu, 2017, para. 15-15). Israelson (2017) reported on the Canadian results the GMAT test, used for admission to MBA programs, it is the Graduate Management Admission Test. “Canada received more international applicants for MBA programs than any other country in 2015, beating even perennial favourites such as the United States and Britain. Seventy-three per cent of all MBA applications were to Canadian schools – most from India, then China, Nigeria, Saudie Arabia and the United States” ( ¶ 15).
The label ‘foreign’ is anachronistic, one that summons up the words of my parents’ vocabulary, from the early twentieth century. Fortunately, only the news media use the term. Crowley (2018) cautions against the hastiness to open flood doors because Canadian standards of professional practice may be set aside. The regulatory regime for dentist, pharmacists, medical doctors, physiotherapists, and registered nurses is rigorous. For example, dentists in Canada and India attend school for five years. The Indian dentists lack competency in anatomy and the quality of their dentistry reflects this inadequacy. Similarly, a French medical doctor arrives in Canada in 2009; but a closer look at this MD reveals that he went to graduate school and never practiced as a medical doctor. In British Columbia, it is permissible for him to advertise his clinic, with an MD after his name. Canadian consumers of health services used to rely upon licensing of health practitioners; in the tsunami of globalization, an under-qualified medical doctor gains enormous access to the global market of health services.
In Canada, university education is managed provincially, not by the federal government in Ottawa. In the west coast province of British Columbia, it’s clear that revenue from foreign students dominates the legislative agenda (Xu, 2018). International students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University face two tuition hikes: a 7.5 per cent increase in September 2018, followed by a further 6.98 per cent in September, 2019. Usually, they enter Canada from an homogeneous culture and bring expectations framed by a mono-cultural origin.
Legislation for Permanent Residency on Canada
As professionals, international students seek a pathway into the Canadian workforce; and recent legislation may facilitate this transition. email Fernanda on Sat for an interview on Monday; she has best knowledge of the legislation; talk to Jobin on Saturday about his experience at the US border
From Globalization to Globality
In 2018, we continue to learn the lessons of globalization, as people move from their home countries driven by a variety of factors to seek safety and a future for their family. Sadly leaders in Austria, Hungry, England and the United States reinforced their barriers to change with strident, defensive claims against immigration. Fortunately, Canada continues to offer a beacon of hope, while mindful of the risks of immigration in the new millennium. Now the appropriate term is ‘globality’ (2008), an appreciation of the implications of globalization in the late twentieth century. Its underlies the current trend for teaching business students entrepreneurial skills, rather than the out-dated lexicon of corporations that was common earlier. Entrepreneurs take risks and bring innovation into an economy; this speaks to globality, and the willingness of individuals to take a chance on the future in a completely different nation.
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Maestro Otto Tausk Otto Tausk was masterful in his animated conducting of the VSO this evening. A Dutch theme with music from the 20th century prevailed as Tausk began with the world premier of “Helix” by Edward Top. Brother pianists followed with a concerto for two pianos by Frances Poulenc, who wrote the music experience of the Paris Colonial Exposition in 1931. Seated in the second row, I was intrigued by the closeness to a small harp; and later we wondered how the musician transported her instrument. After intermission, it was Stravinsky’s music from a ballet known as “The Firebird”. We were transfixed by Tausk’s movements; he smiled and gestured to his musicians, graciously acknowledging individuals and deftly used his fingers and fists to commence or close a musical passage. Apparently, Stravinsky visited Vancouver in 1965, a time when the city was largely unknown to the rest of the world. In these autumn concerts, Tausk makes his inaugural debut as music director for the VSO. Tausk conducts with physicality and reinforces our European roots. And yes, there was chocolate soufflé in our pre-concert meal!
If you turn away from the renowned Cliffs of Moher and look in opposite direction, you see an equally compelling shoreline.
Source: Shores of Western Ireland
Upon turning 40, screenwriter-turned-novelist Sean Carlin writes about friendship, learning, and the value of slow, gradual growth.
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canada: Institutional Impact New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 146 — SOTL Canada
Nicola Simmons, Editor Two years ago, SoTL Canada posted an invitation to submit institutional case study chapters to provide examples and evidence of the ways in which post-secondary institutions in Canada have developed and sustained programs around the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning that impact the institutional pedagogical climate. This special journal issue, The Scholarship […]