Montreal has much to celebrate in being recently named the top city in the world for students, writes McGill University Principal Suzanne Fortier, but the city and its institutions still have much work to do to make the most of “an unprecedented opportunity to fulfill the potential of Montreal to draw talent from around the world.” Fortier highlights an aging domestic population as one of the most urgent reasons why Montreal needs to attract more immigration. The McGill principal adds that the city will also need to attract the world’s very best talent in order to maintain a vital society and strong workforce. “However, despite our city’s considerable attractions,” Fortier notes, “despite the clear benefits that international talent brings, Montreal and Quebec have room to improve.” The author offers a number of options to help Montreal move forward, which include the creation of a coordinated talent recruitment and retention strategy.
Montreal has beaten out London, Berlin, Boston, and Tokyo as the world’s best city for students, according to rankings compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds. The Montreal Gazette reports that Montreal’s desirability, affordability, and positive reviews from students propelled it from seventh place in 2016 to first place 2017. Montreal’s ranking was reportedly influenced heavily by the experience of students who have studied there. “A lot of people want to study in London, but those who have studied in London don’t necessarily have as positive an experience as they do in other places,” said Ben Sowter, head of research for QS. Other Canadian cities on the list included Vancouver (10th) and Toronto (11th). Ottawa received a first-place ranking in a category based on student perceptions.
The surge in website traffic and enrolment inquiries that occurred at Canadian universities following the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 is now translating into applications. Applications to the University of Toronto from American students have reportedly jumped 70% compared to this time last year, while several other Canadian schools have seen increases of 20% or more. US applications to McMaster University are up 34% since this time last year. Officials at some US colleges tell the AP that the election will undoubtedly affect their international enrolment patterns. “I think everybody in international education is a little uneasy, in part because some of the rhetoric in the campaign frightened people overseas,” said Stephen Dunnett, vice provost for international education at the University at Buffalo. “It’s going to be perhaps a little bit rocky for a couple of years.
Quebec Minister of Higher Education Hélène David announced this Monday that the province will inject an additional $12M in grant funding for the province’s CEGEPs and universities. The funds were made available immediately and are marked to be spent by the end of the fiscal year on March 31, 2017. Of the $12M, $2.7M will be used to mentor and retain foreign students. Another $3.2M will be used to increase the supply of continuing education programs, while $3M will be devoted to providing more resources for student success. The remainder will be used for various measures such as support for innovation, strengthening French language proficiency among students, and intervention practices against sexual violence and radicalization.
Several thousand international students will have newfound access to free cultural activities through a new “passport” program spurred by the city’s universities. The International Student MTL Passport program aims to encourage Montreal’s 28,000 international university students to enjoy the “cultural wealth of the city” by distributing maps and providing the students with free access sites such as the Biodôme, the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium, and the Planetarium. They will also be offered credits to participate in a number of other events at reduced cost. “We want to decompartmentalize the students, get them out of their campuses,” said Nadine Gelly, general manager of the cultural promotion organization La Vitrine, which helped launch the project.
Quebec has provided $1.6M to Montreal International to implement a program encouraging more international students to stay in the province after graduation, reports La Presse. The program will specifically target graduates trained for work in in-demand sectors, although it will still be open to students from all programs. Montreal International CEO Hubert Bolduc hopes that the program will increase the number of students remaining in the province after graduation from 3,000 to 9,000. Bolduc notes that of the 30,000 international students who currently study in Montreal, many do not stay due largely to language barriers, difficulty finding a job, and the burden of the immigration process.
Writing in University Affairs, Concordia University student Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc recounts how his return to Montreal after two semesters abroad was “as much of an experience and adaptation as going abroad.” Reverse culture shock is a common, but unexpected and under-discussed sensation of “re-culturing” one’s self to a place, according to Concordia Psychology Lecturer Dorothea Bye. She believes that exchange students need to “talk to people who have gone through the same things as they did,” and Concordia International is considering offering resources specifically to returning exchange students. Concordia sends between 350 and 400 students on international exchange every year.
HEC Montréal has partnered with Mouvement Desjardins to create the new Alphonse and Dormiène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives. The Institute will promote research into financial and non-financial cooperatives, as well as offer a forum for debate, learning, and the sharing of best practices among those involved in the cooperative movement. It will include the International Observatory on Cooperatives, which will facilitate access to research on cooperatives, and the Centre for Expertise and Knowledge Transfer on the Management of Cooperatives, which will organize knowledge transfer and training activities. “HEC Montréal has long aspired to be an international player in research into cooperatives. Now the creation of this unique institute has made it possible for us to support research into the management of cooperatives worldwide,” said HEC Montréal President Michel Patry. Rym Ayadi will serve as Director of the Institute.
Source: Montreal Gazette | January 12, 2014
Enrolment is up this year at Quebec’s universities despite predictions from the province’s ministry of higher education of a downward trend, reports the Montreal Gazette. Following student protests over tuition fees and a recent $250-million funding cut over 2 years, the province’s universities have seen enrolment increases over the last 5 years of 8.6% to 13%. However, Université du Québec a Montréal Vice-Rector Diane Demers warns that “demographic trends in Quebec suggest a decline in student populations at universities over the next seven years.” Meanwhile, uOttawa economist Ross Finnie says, “While the underlying demographics are working to push enrolment rates down, participation rates continue to rise. Going forward, it depends which of those forces will dominate.”
TCS Insights: The number of students in Quebec universities is on the rise, indicating the growing strength of post-secondary institutions in the province. This data also shows while some have suggested enrolment numbers will decrease, universities in Quebec remain a serious consideration for students.
The University of Montreal will be hosting a Conference titled “Access to rights and resources : challenges of contemporary India” to be held at the Symposium Research Center, Carrefour des Arts and Sciences University of Montreal February 7, 2014 .
The conference will be organized around three round tables whose themes are 1) access to the justice system , the recognition of rights and gender; 2 ) Sustainable development, environment , socio-economic inequalities ; 3) open discussion on the upcoming elections in India.
On Thursday, February 6 in the evening, there will also be a keynote address delivered by Mrs. Mira Kamdar World Policy Institute entitled “India 21ie Century.” Ms. Kamdar is associate expert at the Asia Society in New York and professor specializing on India at Science Po Paris .
You can find more information on our website at www.cerium.ca/prias
Source: McGill Reporter
Courtesy of Fawzia Madni
MONTREAL: McGill University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have partnered in the creation of a new chair on India Studies. The agreement was signed recently during a visit to McGill by His Excellency Admiral (Retired) Nirmal Verma, High Commissioner of India to Canada.
The ICCR India Studies Chair will be held by distinguished Indian scholars who will serve as visiting professors at McGill’s Faculty of Arts. The ICCR Chairs will teach two courses, present an annual ICCR Lecture on India, and participate in seminars and other academic activities. The first chair-holder will be recruited for the 2013-2014 academic year.
“As the governments of Canada and Quebec seek to strengthen ties with India, McGill University welcomes the opportunity to contribute to education and research in the field of Indian culture and history,” said Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill. “This new chair strongly complements the partnerships that unite McGill faculty and their collaborators in India and will allow us to learn from each other for the benefit of both of our countries. We thank the ICCR for choosing to partner with McGill in this initiative.”
“I consider it a privilege that soon after my arrival, as the High Commissioner of India to Canada, we have inked the MOU for an India Chair between Indian Council for Cultural Relations and McGill University,” said His Excellency Verma. “Education presents a great opportunity for enhanced cooperation between India and Canada. The ICCR India Studies Chair that will be housed at McGill will not only promote greater understanding of India, it will also act as a catalyst for collaborative projects between McGill and higher institutions of learning and research in India”.
The ICCR India Studies Chair builds on longstanding research collaborations between McGill and partners in India on issues of concern to both nations, such as climate change and sustainable development, food and water security, health and social welfare, urban studies, and the advancement of nanotechnology, aerospace, and other key domains in science and industry.
McGill’s ties to India also include a strong presence of faculty members and students from India at the University. McGill has 400 students from India – making it the fourth-ranking country of origin for McGill’s international students –, more than 30 faculty members of Indian origin and a network of some 600 alumni in India.
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Source: Quebec Ministry of International Relations via Indian Economic Business News
Jean-François Lisée, Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, and Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec, are enthusiastic about the potential for expanding economic, political, educational and cultural relations with the emerging Asian giant. They led a delegation of representatives of about 15 Québec companies and institutions. In Delhi, Jean- François Lisée met with Shashi Tharoor, former United Nations Under-Secretary General for Communications and Public Information and current Indian Minister of State for Human Resource Development, with a view to expanding collaboration and discussing the numerous existing agreements between Québec and India in the field of higher education. He also met with Valayar Ravi, Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs, who confirmed that the Québec-India social security agreement currently on the drawing board may be ready for signing this coming spring. In Mumbai, Bhopal and Delhi, the Québec participants met with national and regional players involved in the deployment of various segments of this ambitious project. All told, the Québec representatives took part in over 50 bilateral business meetings. In Gujarat, Minister Zakaïb toured the facilities of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Limited (IFFCO), one of the world’s leading agricultural co-ops. Élaine Zakaïb also met with IFFCO executives at the organization’s headquarters in Delhi.
Source: Consulate General of Canada, Chandigarh via Indian Economic Business News
Canada’s participation at the 2013 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), January 31 – February 2, included delegations from the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Québec. The Premier of Manitoba, Greg Selinger, delivered the keynote address at a panel discussion on “Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and Mitigating Emissions of Greenhouse Gases and Associated Co-benefits” on February 2. The Québec delegation included Minister of International Relations Jean-François Lisée and Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec Élaine Zakaïb. Former Premier Jean Charest also attended the event. DSDS, an annual event organized by India’ The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), is an international platform for exchange of knowledge on sustainable development.
Herzing College has been helping students develop marketable business, design, healthcare, legal and technology skills since 1968. Their curriculum has been shaped to with the input of local employers to keep pace with the evolving requirements of industry. The goal at Herzing is to equip gradates with what they need to acquire financially and emotionally rewarding careers. The career development department provides students with resources and training to help them find success after graduation as their commitment to students is a top priority at Herzing.