Canadian universities experiencing boom in Indian student enrolment

August 22, 2011

More than 12,000 students from India are expected to attend Canadian universities this fall, almost 4 times the number that attended Canadian institutions in 2008. Nearly 700 Indian students studied at the University of Alberta in 2010 -- a 311% increase since the 2008 academic year. Appearing on CTV's Canada AM last week, uAlberta president Indira Samarasekera, who has made Indian student recruitment an institutional priority, said the enrolment boom is due in part to school shortages in India, where less than 10% of students have a chance to study at home. Indian students have turned to Canadian universities for their high quality and lower cost compared to US institutions, said Samarasekera. While not all students will remain in Canada following graduation, Samarasekera said she envisions the development of a "brain chain," as students who go back home or move elsewhere maintain links to the Canadian economy. Canada AM