Canada should do more to attract international students

August 3, 2010

While positive steps have been taken in recent years to attract top foreign students to Canada, more should be done, particularly with financial incentives, writes University of Western Ontario president Amit Chakma in a column published in Monday's Globe and Mail. Providing international students with access to affordable health care would eliminate another financial burden, he writes. Once these students graduate from Canadian universities, states Chakma, we must make it easier for them to make Canada their home. Meanwhile, he writes, Canadian universities, in partnership with government and the private sector, must find new ways to help domestic students overcome obstacles of studying abroad, at a time when fewer than 3% of Canadian undergraduates study overseas. Globe and Mail