Todd: Canadian educators fear river of Chinese students' cash could stop

January 15, 2019

Canada hosts over 186,000 of China’s 600,000 students who study abroad, and the country’s institutions have become dependent on their fees, writes Douglas Todd. The author highlights recent political events that could see the ‘river of money’ from China ‘dry up,’ before discussing Canadian institutions’ use of international students as a revenue source in light of funding shortfalls. Todd also discusses a recent study that found that some recruiting agents misinform Chinese students about program requirements and the learning curve associated with university-level English. While Australia, New Zealand, Britain, and Ireland have implemented policies to prohibit agents from misleading potential international students, Canada has no such mechanisms in place, Todd adds. Vancouver Sun (National)