Saskatchewan to strengthen the province as a destination for international students and researchers post-pandemic.
Great Plains College’s Swift Current campus has been awarded its international designation from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Advanced Education. The designation means that international students will be able to enrol in the campus’s Business and Administrative Assistant programs. “We recognize the current and looming labour shortage in Saskatchewan and the desire to have access to skilled graduates,” says Keleah Ostrander, Great Plains’ Director of Planning. “By being able to accept international students and support them through post-secondary education, we are able to help meet the needs of employers in the province.” Great Plains is reportedly the second SK regional college to receive its international designation.
Saskatchewan has launched a new International Education Strategy that aims to increase the number of SK students studying abroad, increase the number of international students studying in SK, and increase the number and value of international research partnerships. The Strategy outlines several initiatives that will be implemented to accomplish these 3 goals, including the foundation of an annual International Future Scholarship to help SK students study business abroad; the re-establishment of a postsecondary international education council to foster collaboration between government, PSE institutions, and industry; and the development of a provincial marketing strategy to promote studying internationally for SK students and to attract international students to SK. “We want our young people to acquire the skills they need to work in a global context and strengthen our province’s cultural business expertise worldwide,” said SK’s Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty. “This will help to build relationships with our trading partners, to increase investments and partnerships to keep our provincial economy strong. For the students that return to their home countries, they will become excellent ambassadors of our province.”
The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology has created Newcomer and International Centres to help welcome international students to campus this fall. SIAST is responding to student feedback that indicated a demand for a space to meet and interact with peers. Students, advisors, and faculty will help international students and newcomers with academics, socialization, culture, and settlement. “This group brings a whole new set of challenges for instructors, as well as challenges for the students because they’re coming to a new country, a new educational system that might be confusing to them, and all their stressors and cultural differences they need to get used to,” said SIAST’s Director of Student Development Brian Henderson. While it will take longer for the physical centres to be ready for use, the new services will be ready for the fall.
The Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina has recently launched a number of initiatives designed to help make the school “known as Canada’s school for experiential education and research,” explains Dean Andrew Gaudes. One interesting initiative is the Hill Legacy Pin program for undergraduate students in the Paul J Hill School of Business; incoming students get a pin that they are expected to wear at university events and that will be exchanged for an Alumni ring upon graduation. The graduate hands the pin to a new incoming student along with a letter of reflection, creating an “instant mentorship.” Another initiative is a new bundling program that allows students to take courses outside of the business school that focus on one country of interest. This gives students in-depth knowledge of a specific area combined with business skills. In addition, the MBA program has developed a more international focus, a new postgraduate diploma helps students “top up” and prepare for an MBA, and articulation agreements with international schools are being explored.
TCS Insights: uRegina is taking new strides in order to better their reputation as an destination for students interested in first-hand learning experiences. By allowing students to complete a portion of their studies in different countries, they will be able to acquire knowledge and experience in regions they aspire to do business in during their careers.
The Saskatchewan budget for 2014, tabled this week, provides a $24-million (3.7%) increase over 2013 for higher education—a total of $817.8 million. The increase includes a $12.3-million increase in operating funds, with an average 2% going to universities, federated and affiliated colleges, technical institutes, and regional colleges, and a $19.8-million direct investment going towards First Nations and Métis education. PSE institutions will also be given $134 million towards scholarship and financial assistance programs, $32.6 million in capital investments, and several grants for research projects.
TCS Insights: The provincial budget for 2014 has aided post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan. With greater amounts of funding being provided for operations, scholarships, research and financial aid, universities and colleges will be able to grow and provide services for increasing numbers of both domestic and international students.
Source: uSask News via Academica | January 17, 2014
The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Saskatchewan [CIEC member] has received accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation. The accreditation is for the Master of Public Health program for a 5-year term, and is the only non-European program to be accredited by this agency, as well as being only one of 2 accredited programs in Canada, according to uSask. “Accreditation for our program means we have met an international standard of excellence and competencies in the 5 arenas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and health management,” said SPH Director, Robert Buckingham. The accreditation will allow the school to recruit more students and faculty, as well as increase research capabilities in the future.
TCS Insights: The accreditation of the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health means that the school offers a program that are on par with the top programs in the world. This will benefit the school by helping them recruit students, from Canada as well as internationally, while providing students with a high quality educational experience that will serve them well in their future.
Source: Indian Express via Indian Economic Business News
The Consulate General (CG) of Canada in Chandigarh has received requests from the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan seeking increased trade ties between them and the state of Punjab in the fields of food processing and agro-industry. CG officials said that the provinces in the country have expertise in handling food grain storage and processing and are proposing technology sharing agreements with the government of Punjab. Officials handling the trade and investment work at the CG office here said that Canada is looking at setting up a food park jointly with the state of Punjab. They added that closer ties between Canada and Punjab will help the state to pursue a crop diversification program and look beyond paddy-wheat growing cycle. Consul General, Scot Slessor, said that the consulate in Chandigarh is looking at increased trade ties as part of the plan of the two countries to move up from the current 5-6 billion (Canadian dollar) trade between India and Canada.
Source: Connect – Canada in India
Three Canadian provinces, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, formed the Canada pavilion at India’s 10th agro technology fair, Agro Tech 2012, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Chandigarh from December 1 to 4. Canadian companies in areas including swine genetics, forage products, flax oil, animal feed mixers, canola oil, agri-consulting companies, grain storage and handling systems, and food development centres showcased their expertise.
Founded in 1911 as a high school and gaining full university status in 1934, the University of Regina is located in the capital of Saskatchewan. The publicly-funded research school has earned a reputation for its experiential learning, encouraging internships and professional and co-operative placements in more than forty programs.
The largest university in the province, the University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907 on the premise of providing a higher education to everyone regardless of gender, race, creed, or religion. It formed as an agricultural university but has since expanded to include more than 200 programs of study. As a research university, the University can claim credit for the discoveries of sulphate-resistant cement and the cobalt-60 cancer treatment unit.