As Canada’s international education sector faces criticism, it’s time for a new direction: Opinion


With Canada’s international education sector facing criticism, Moira MacDonald of University Affairs reports that many feel it is time to rethink the country’s international education strategy. MacDonald touches on several of the issues that threaten Canada’s reputation as an international education destination, including underfunded student supports, employability problems, and cost of living. The article highlights some of the current efforts underway to address these issues, both at the individual classroom level and country-wide, such as the IRCC’s “recognized institutions” model. MacDonald concludes by noting that other countries are also struggling with criticism about the impact of unbridled growth on the institutions’ ability to deliver a high-quality student experience and education.

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