The impact of international education in BC

October 2, 2013

Executive Director of the BC Council for International Education Randall Martin points out the impact that international students have on the province’s economic development, in a recent Vancouver Sun op-ed. Martin explains that, globally, international education is a $2.2-trillion sector in which student mobility more than doubled between 2000 and 2007, to 2.5 million students; it is over 4 million today and projected to reach 7 million by 2020. Turning inwards to BC, Martin points out that in 2010, international students spent over $1.8 billion on tuition, accommodation and discretionary spending, and the provincial GDP generated was equivalent to $1.2 billion. Over the next 10 years, Martin says, there will be 1 million job openings in BC, but adds that its current population will only fill 650,000 of those jobs. Martin stresses the fact that international students would help fill this job gap. In May 2012 the BC government released an international education strategy that aimed to welcome more students from overseas. Vancouver Sun