In Quebec, enrollment is up almost twenty (20) per cent in some universities in the past year and the sum total of foreign students have soared by sixty-eight (68) per cent in the past decade.
According to CBC News, university managements attribute this increase to various factors – the province’s universities’ reputation, recruitment drives in both China the Middle East and china, the “Trump Effect”.
“The first, I think, is the quality of the Quebec university network,” says President of the coalition of Quebec universities (BCI) Michel Party affirms. “It’s well recognized.”
In a speech about the “Trump Effect”, Paltry said: “We see it everywhere across Canada. There were many American or foreign students who were in the United States, or who wish to be admitted to the U.S who moved to Canada.”
But not everyone agrees that politics is the driving force behind this.
Guy Lefebvre, the vice- chancellor of international relations and Francophonie at Université de Montréal, states he does not necessarily believe more foreign students are opting for Quebec because of political strife.
He uttered that:
“The Trump effect or other political factors are difficult to analyze and to quantify.”
Lefebvre believes it has more to do with what educational institutions have to offer.
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi saw the highest increase (25 per cent) in the enrollment figures – 1,300 international students in 2017. Generally, the province saw a nine (9) per cent surge in these students’ numbers, according to data from the coalition of Quebec universities (BCI).
It’s a trend seen in the whole of Canada. The country has been seeing a surge in a number of candidates since a few years ago and climaxed during the US presidential election of 2016.
The University of Toronto now enrols about double the number of international students it did a decade ago.
“Obviously there are things about the international arena — worries about political stability, Brexit and the US political environment — that have uttered or increased international students’ interest in searching beyond their own countries and beyond the United States,” claimed Richard Levin, executive director of enrolment services and university registrar.
“Now in places like that, international students are searching for alternatives and Canada is presenting as a good option in terms of safety, stability, and inclusiveness.”