SMU president encourages efforts to increase international enrolments

November 18, 2013

Colin Dodds, President of Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, recently published an op-ed in which he notes Canada’s ability to be an “international education powerhouse” based on increases in foreign student enrolment in Canadian PSE institutions and recent efforts by the federal and provincial governments to foster and support international students. Dodds remarks on the high numbers of international students at SMU, almost 30%, which has created a “globalized campus” benefiting all students, faculty, and the wider community. According to a 2012 federal report, international students generate an estimated $8 billion in annual spending across Canada, a significant economic contribution. “The more opportunities we create for our talented graduates, the more we are able to retain international students who have so much to offer to our region and to our country," states Dodds. Many Canadian PSE institutions have recently announced increases in international student enrolment and new initiatives to support these students, including Camosun and Selkirk Colleges and the University of Ottawa. The Chronicle Herald