As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, international students who have recently graduated now face a difficult situation if they hold a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
Source: University Affairs
Canadian Association for Graduate Studies President Brenda Brouwer explains that Canada’s standing as a safe, welcoming and multicultural country contributes to its desirability among international PhD degree-seeking students.
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Ontario has announced that it will extend funding for graduate studies to international students. Although no new funds are attached to the deal, the province plans to reallocate up to 130 graduate funding spots for international students starting this fall. The policy will give relief to the province’s universities, many of which currently cover the tuition and living costs associated with international students. University of Toronto President Meric Gertler said he hopes this new funding will help alleviate the frustration some Ontario professors have felt at being unable to work with international students due to lack of funds. He added, “we’ve been worried that frustration would cause them to look elsewhere, so this is for us a faculty retention and attraction strategy as well as a PhD student strategy.”
Source: The Times of India via PwC – EdLive
If the UGC has its way, then students enrolled in a regular degree programme will soon be able to simultaneously pursue an additional degree programme through open and distance mode from the same or a different university. Additionally, students can pursue a certificate, diploma, advanced or postgraduate diploma programme simultaneously either in regular or open and distance mode in the same university or from other institutions. An expert panel of the UGC made these recommendations, apart from making out a strong case for universities to promote joint degree programmes in association with other university or institutions of higher learning. The UGC has urged the vice chancellors of universities to give their views on the recommendations within a fortnight to enable the panel to take a final call.