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International education boosts the economic growth of Manitoba

The international education sector is giving a major boost to Manitoba economy. The contribution of international education to Manitoba’s economy witnessed a 30 percent increase between 2015 and 2016, according to a report by the Manitoba Council for International Education. In 2016, the sector contributed $374 million to the economy of Manitoba.

The international student population of Manitoba constitutes 2.7 percent of the total international student population of Canada. During a span of eight years, the international student population of Manitoba grew from 4,873 in 2008 to 14,298 in 2016, meaning an increase of 300 percent.

International education’s contribution to Manitoba economy

The international students in Manitoba, who are 14,298 in number, spent around $375m in tuition, living expenses and tourism, meaning visiting friends and family, in 2016. International education also generates tax revenue for the government of Manitoba. In 2016, the Government of Manitoba received $69m in tax revenue from international education sector. In the same year, international education contributed $306,300,000 to Manitoba’s GDP. The amount has witnessed a six-fold increase compared to the year 2010.

The report suggests that by increasing the number of international students from 2.7% of the total in Canada to Manitoba’s proportionate share of 3.3%, the contribution to the economy from the sector can be increased to $458m, and tax revenues to $84m.

Immigration pathways for international students

Manitoba has launched two fast-track immigration pathways for international graduates from the post-secondary institutions in the province.  The International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway under the International Education Stream of Manitoba give a golden opportunity to international students to settle in the province.

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More international students choosing to study MBA in Canada

Canada witnessed 7.7 per cent growth in application volume for all B-schools program types — including MBA, business master’s and PhD programmes, shows the annual application trends survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council. The Graduate Management Admission Council is an international non-profit organization of business schools that provides products and services to academic institutions and prospective graduate management education students. The survey also found that majority of these international students preferred to do full-time, two-year MBA in Canada.

The growth is application volume in Canada is mainly attributed to applications from international students. This is in contrast to the MBA colleges in the United States that witnessed a 7 per cent decline in application volume. There was a 1.8 per cent fall in domestic application volume and a 10.5 per cent dip in applications from international students, across all program types in the US. Moreover, 65 per cent of all Canadian management programs witnessed an increase in international applications this year, compared to 2017.

MBA in Canada

Canada is one of the best countries to study MBA abroad. The MBA students in Canada enjoy a lot of advantages, which include affordable education, high standards of living, a multi-cultural and tolerant society and a safe and peaceful environment. Most of the MBA programs in Canada are of duration of two years. But some universities offer MBA programs having duration of one year, which is the most suitable for working professionals who can’t keep away from work for more than one year.

In Canada, 41 universities offer MBA programs in a variety of options. In the business schools of Canada, students have the opportunity to work while studying, both on-campus and off-campus. Some of these b-schools have collaborations with industries for work placement programs. This helps students gain valuable international work experience while studying. Canadian education and work experience also give them an extra edge while applying for permanent residence in Canada.

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Majority of International Students in Canada Plan to Obtain PR After Studies

Sixty percent of international students  in Canada want to apply for permanent residence after they complete their studies, a survey conducted by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) has found. The survey was conducted among the international students across the country. In a similar survey conducted by the CBIE earlier in 2015, only 51 percent of the international students had expressed their intention to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This year’s survey has shown that there has been a significant rise in the number of international students in Canada who plan to permanently reside in the country.

In the past few years, there has been a remarkable rise in the number of international students enrolled for various courses in Canada. A major reason for this is the policies introduced by the Canadian government that encourage international students to obtain permanent residence in the country after their studies.

Among the respondents to the CBIE survey, around 29% of the students had considered other countries as their study destinations before finally choosing Canada. Over half of them (54%) had applied to the US, 22% to the UK and 15% to Australia. The major reasons pointed out by these students for choosing to study in Canada were the quality of the education system, tolerant and nondiscriminatory nature of Canadian society and a safe environment to study.

Around 14000 international students responded to the CBIE survey, which was conducted between March and May 2018. They make up around 4% of the total number of international students in Canada pursuing post-secondary level courses. Ninety-four percent of these students said that they were satisfied with the education experience in Canada.

Among the respondents, 35 percent were pursuing bachelor’s degree courses, 17 percent doctoral studies and the rest were doing certificate or diploma programs or English-language programs.

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Study Medicine Abroad: Delhi High Court upholds MCI decision

The Delhi High Court has upheld the Medical Council of India (MCI)’s decision to provide one-time exemption to those students who have not appeared for or qualified National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) but want to study Medicine abroad. It means this year, the students who have not appeared for and those who could not pass the NEET can join for Medical courses abroad. As part of the one-time exemption, the Delhi High Court has also asked the MCI to provide eligibility certificates to these students.

Earlier, the MCI had decided to provide one-time exemption to only those students who had not appeared for NEET, while it was not applicable to students who could not qualify NEET. But the Delhi High Court observed that it would be unfair to consider only the students who did not appear for NEET this year and brought those who failed to qualify NEET also under the purview of the decision.

The petitioners had pointed out that MCI issued a public notice that the students who wanted to study Medicine abroad must qualify NEET only on March 8, 2018. This was just one day before the last date for registering for NEET. While many students had to appear for NEET without proper preparation, many came to know about the change in procedure only later. So the Court decided to give one-time exemption to all students. However, next year onwards, NEET will be mandatory to study Medicine abroad for all students.

A change was introduced to Foreign Medical Institution Regulations, 2002 and Screening Test Regulations, 2002 in February this year, that made it mandatory for students who want to study Medicine abroad to qualify NEET. The alteration was aimed to ensure the quality of students who want to study Medicine abroad. After completing their course abroad, the students will have to pass a Screening Test to practise Medicine in India.

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Indian students prefer Canada over US as their international education destination

As the US and the UK are tightening their rules for international students, Canada is fast turning to be the favorite international education destination for Indian students. The year 2017 witnessed a 60% rise in the number of Indian students obtaining Canadian student permit. It converts into 83,410 in numbers, out of the total 317,110 Canadian study permits issued in the year.

The US stalemate for international education aspirants

Traditionally, the US used to be the most-preferred destination for Indian students who wanted to pursue international education. Indian parents used to send their children to the US spending huge amounts of money or taking hefty loans, hoping that they would be able to find a well-paid job and settle in the US once they finish their studies. But the recent policy changes made by the Donald Trump government has made the US job market hostile towards international workers, which has also compelled Indian students to look elsewhere.

The fall of 2017 witnessed a 19% drop in the number of Indian students enrolled for science and engineering graduate degree courses in the US. The other preferred destinations for Indian students also witnessed a drop in new admissions. This is especially true for the UK, where the number of Indian students dropped by 50% since 2010.

Canada turns the better option for international education

Compared to the US, the cost of education is relatively low in Canada. Canada also encourages talented international students to settle in the country after they complete their studies. The Student Direct Stream (SDS) program recently launched by Canada for the students from China, India, Vietnam and the Philippines is a good example of how warmly Canada welcomes international students. Under the program, eligible students from these four countries enjoy fast-track processing of their applications. Canada also offers better chances for international students to obtain permanent residence and subsequently, citizenship in Canada.

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US dream is now a mirage, Canada turns a haven for international students

With the US laws turning tougher for international students, many of them are finding Canada as an attractive study destination. But to say that international students are choosing Canada only because the US is hostile to them will be an understatement. Canada is offering vast opportunities for international students to stay and work in the country even after they finish their studies. Their favourable policies Canada is keen about retaining global talents with skills, education and capability to contribute to the country’s economy.

The student can earn valuable Canadian work experience with a Postgraduate Work Permit and apply for permanent residence in Canada either through Canadian Experience Class or one of the Provincial Nominee Programs that give weightage to international students who have studied in Canada and have Canadian work experience.

One of the schemes that make Canada a favorable education destination for Asian students is the Student Direct Stream. This scheme is meant for the students from India, Vietnam, China and the Philippines. The Student Direct Stream facilitates a faster and more streamlined visa application process and the processing time under this stream is 45 days. Under the scheme, the student can purchase a Guaranteed Investment Certificate worth $10,000 with the help of Scotia Bank, a leading monetary organization in Canada. This will cover the student’s expenses for one year and cover the requirements of Student Direct Stream.

But in glaring contrast, the US has issued a Policy Memo on what they call ‘Unlawful Presence’. This will come into effect on August 8, 2018 and as per this memo, students overstaying for more than three months will be issued an NTA- Notice to Appear, as part of initiating the deportation procedure. If found guilty, the student will be barred from entering the US for 10 years.


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Why Should Indian Students Think About Studying in Canada?

Welcoming atmosphere for international students and vast opportunities on offer have made studying in Canada the best option for Indian students. High quality of education and comparatively affordable cost are the major factors that set Canada apart as a popular education destination. The universities in Canada are world-renowned for their high academic standards and focus on research.

Below are a few other factors that make Canada the best international destination for Indian students to pursue their higher education.

-It is comparatively easier to get your student visa.

-Students can work part-time even while pursuing their studies. With the work permits granted to full-time students, they can work up to 20 hours per week

-In Canada, international students get exposed to a variety of cultures. It helps them broaden their perspectives and equip them with the cultural understanding to function effectively in the international business scenario

-Canada respects and promotes diversity. The country offers a peaceful and warm atmosphere for international students to pursue their education

-Employment rate is high among graduates from Canadian universities. Canada higher education system focuses on industry-specific applied research. As a result of that, around 90% of the students who graduate from Canadian universities get placed within six months after completing their education.

-Even while studying, students have opportunities to earn relevant work experience in the form of cooperative education and internships.

-International students who have completed their education in Canadian universities need not leave Canada in order to apply for permanent residence.

-Canada government gives highest priority to maintaining high standards of education and attracting more international students. The country is aiming to double the number of full-time international students to 450,000 by 2022. Canada’s international education strategy is not only about attracting international students, but also about retaining the best talents in the country.

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Study in Australia with PTE Academic

Pearson Tests of English (PTE) PTE Academic is a computer-based test of English for studying abroad and immigration. The test is accredited by OFQUAL (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England as ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) International. The test, launched in 2009, was accepted as a proof of English-language proficiency for Australian student visas in 2011. Currently, PTE has been accepted as a proof of English language ability in all Australian universities.

Not only in Australia, PTE Academic is accepted by institutions of higher education across the US, UK, Canada, Singapore, Ireland and New Zealand.

The results of the Pearson Test are made available within five business days, the fastest score reporting among various English proficiency tests. PTE Academic offers a range of test preparation materials online, though it is better to receive face-to-face tuition for the best results.

PTE Academic is a three-hour test comprising three sections on Speaking & Writing, Reading and Listening. There will be twenty different question formats, including multiple choice, essay writing and interpreting information.

Marks are awarded out of 90. A score of 65 proves that you have good language proficiency. A score of 51-57 is equal to 6.0 band in IELTS and 58-64 is equal to 6.5 band. Pearson Test can be taken on any working day convenient for the student. But candidates have to book minimum 48 hours in advance, in order to appear for the test. They can book 24 hours in advance, by paying a late fee. The results are sent to the candidates within five business days. But if they need to re-take the test, they have to wait for five days. Once they have received the results, they can upload the scorecard online along with the application for visa or university admission.

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28 percent rise in Indian students studying in New Zealand universities

The number of Indian students studying in New Zealand universities witnessed a 28 percent rise in 2017, according to a recent report by the Times of India. The newspaper quoted the New Zealand High Commission which informed that the trend is continuing in 2018 too, with the year already witnessing a six percent hike in university enrolments and 24 percent overall growth in student visas.

The New Zealand High Commission is planning to conduct education fairs in Coimbatore, Cochin, Mumbai, and Vadodara to attract more Indian students to New Zealand. The fairs will introduce opportunities across 25 major institutions in New Zealand.

New Zealand is planning to launch a few initiatives to attract Indian students this year. New Zealand already has a scholarship program exclusively for Indian students. The scholarship, named New Zealand Excellence Award, is instituted jointly by Education New Zealand (ENZ) and eight New Zealand universities- AUT University, Lincoln University, Massey University, University of Auckland, University of Canterbury, University of Otago, University of Waikato, and Victoria University of Wellington. Under this scholarship scheme, 35 Indian students can pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate course in one of the eight universities in New Zealand. The scholarship is provided for the first year of study and the scholarship amount is NZD $5000. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the student must have received an unconditional offer letter from one of the eight New Zealand universities.

New Zealand is one of the most attractive destinations for Indian students to pursue international education. The factors that set New Zealand higher education system apart include a research-oriented curriculum and excellent teaching standards. The country is safe and peaceful, which is an added attraction. New Zealand degrees are recognized worldwide and ensure a bright career for students.

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New Zealand Universities Welcome Post-Study Work Right Proposals

Recent announcements made by Immigration Minister lay Lees Galloway regarding Post-Study Work Right Proposals for international students has been welcomed by the universities of New Zealand.

New Zealand is a country which believes that the contribution of international students could help strengthen and develop the New Zealand economy. The year 2017 had more than 3500 international students at Victoria and the numbers are expected to rise this year.

Though the numbers are on the rise, a huge number of students migrate with the false conception that a post-study work visa can help them obtain a fast track residency in New Zealand, leading them to be sponsored by unethical employees. As a result, students often end up getting jobs which have no real demand.

In an effort to overcome this, changes have been made to the post-study work visa which includes:

1. Providing a one-year post-study work visa for non-degree level 7 or qualifications below.

2. Providing a three-year post-study work visa for degree level 7 or above qualifications.

3. Students completing a non-degree level 7 or below to undertake a minimum of two years of study to gain eligibility for post-study work rights.

4. Removing the requirement post-study work visa to be sponsored by a particular employer.

It is expected that these changes could elevate the general skill level of the migrants who are about to be granted permanent residency and prevent fraudulent practices from agents. International students are considered as an important part of New Zealand’s university sector. Presence of International Students in New Zealand could help in creating an atmosphere that is both financially well & vibrant. Changes in the post-study work visa would make sure that the country gets the skills it needs.