Canada faces challenge in accommodating influx of international postgrads

July 19, 2017

“Their counterparts in many other countries would probably love to have the problems that Canadian universities are dealing with this summer,” writes Jon Marcus in reference to the boom in international postgraduate students applying to Canadian institutions. Yet in many cases, the author notes, Canadian schools lack the research funding, course spaces, or supervisors to accommodate the massive influx of students. The author highlights the University of Toronto as an example, noting that the school has only been able to admit one out of 15 postgraduate students who are part of a 25% increase in applications to the school’s graduate programs. The author also cites a Universities Canada survey which found that 80% of Canadian universities see internationalisation as one of their top five priorities, while 83% say that the biggest barrier to international research collaboration is funding. Times Higher Education