Foreign students more attracted to Sudbury, not likely to stay

August 23, 2010

The Globe and Mail reports that Laurentian University has been successful in attracting more international students, but getting them to stay in Sudbury following graduation is a different matter. This year, Laurentian yielded 952 international applications, over double the amount 3 years ago. While there are no figures available for how many students settle locally, a Laurentian dean estimates it's only about 10%. Arguably the most important factor in keeping newcomers around is interesting, well-paid work in their field of study. Universities can help develop opportunity by connecting students to local employers through work programs. 4 years ago, the Canadian government loosened restrictions on student visas to allow off-campus work, and Laurentian, like most institutions, still has not full taken advantage of it. Globe and Mail