International students in Canada are becoming less diverse: Report

August 3, 2021
Canada’s international students are becoming less diverse, which could be problematic for Canada, reports The Star. International students are reportedly being drawn to programs that are shorter in length; lower cost; located in Ontario; and focused on fields such as business, management, and public administration are rising. The report also indicates that Canada is receiving an increasing number of students from the top 10 countries, with 66.8% of college students and 21.3% of university students coming from India. The Star states that these trends go against Ottawa’s International Education Strategy, which emphasizes the importance of diversification to ensure that students pursue education at a variety of regions and schools in Canada; come from a variety of international markets, reducing the impact if a country goes into an economic downturn; and develop diverse skillsets. The Star (National)