Canada should establish its university education as a “prestigious brand” those from around the world recognize in order to support Canada’s growth, writes Carleton University instructor Munir Sheikh. Sheikh points to the major intersection between education and immigration, and argues that a world-class, low-cost education can set Canada apart as a place that attracts the best from around the world. New public policies, increased public funding, and a streamlined immigration system could place Canadian institutions in the top 10 schools in the world and fast-track international talent. “At present, we look at international students as a source of funding rather than as an investment in Canada’s future,” writes Sheikh. “How long can this go on if we are serious about raising our living standards?” The Globe and Mail Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.