Canadian Universities seek more Indian Students
Los Angeles, Dec. 03, 2010
Australia is no longer desired destination for Indian students. Many thousand Indian students have left Australia since last year in the wake of racial attacks in which some students were killed, several injured. Australia also made stricter rules on admission of Indian students who were primarily seeking admission to obtain permanent residence status. There are some other factors too, such as slowdown in the economy which has dried up jobs for the students in Australia, denial of permanent residency to students who after graduation fully meet the requirements and strength of Australian dollar which has made higher education in Australia more expensive for Indians. Australia education industry still earns Aus$18 billion annually.
Indian students seeking foreign education are turning to Canada. Out of 150,000 Indian students who enrol in foreign universities for higher education each year, Canada gets only about 3,000.
The United States got over 100,000 students last year.
This year, Canada is making a bold attempt to attract more Indian students. During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Canada in last June, the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding on higher education.
A delegation of 15 Canadian university presidents visited India between Nov 15 and 22 to recruit Indian students. They also announced that Canadian universities would be offering $4 Million in scholarships to Indian students. Indian students seeking admission in foreign universities may find Canada welcoming them with open arms.