Monday, May 28, 2012

$5 Million Scholarships To Assist International Education

International Education Strategy 
a roadmap for B.C.’s future

NANAIMO – B.C. has a new International Education Strategy that supports the two-way flow of students, giving local students new opportunities to study abroad, and welcoming those arriving from overseas.

As part of the strategy, Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto announced $5 million for scholarships and research internships to assist students embarking on an international education experience.

International education is one of the key sectors in ‘Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan’. The Jobs Plan recognizes the significant social, cultural and economic benefits that flow to the province from the global exchange of students, educators and ideas.

The International Education Strategy lays out steps to meet B.C.’s goal of increasing international education in B.C. and, in doing so, celebrates the experiences of international and local students.

In the you can read stories from:
  • B.C. students whose education has been enhanced through field studies in India and the United States.
  • A Lower Mainland student who talks about the different perspectives gained from having international students in classrooms.
  • The innovative ideas being generated by B.C. and international students working side-by-side in labs in the Okanagan.
  • A Jamaican student whose experiences spread beyond the classroom as he explores B.C. generating tourist dollars and word-of-mouth promotion about our communities.
The strategy also includes stories from a home-stay mom who generates income and cultural awareness by hosting foreign students, representatives of B.C. institutions who counter myths about international students, and an Island mayor who talks about welcoming students to his community.

In addition to the $5 million for  new scholarships and research internships, the strategy includes plans for better sharing of international education best practices; steps to inform British Columbians of the wide range of important benefits brought to B.C. from international education; dedicated education officers placed in a number of B.C.’s overseas trade and investment offices; an improved quality assurance framework for all post-secondary institutions to ensure a consistently positive student experience; and smoother transitions for students who wish to work and live in B.C.


1 comment:

  1. International Education Strategy is a great way to introduce to some lucky students the value of culture-sensitivity and as well as quality education served by institutes of a different land. It's best to let these students experience for themselves some valuable lessons that they won't be able to learn just from the four-cornered classrooms.


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