UAlberta looks to diversify international student base, decrease dependence on China

March 14, 2017

The University of Alberta says that it will look to engage new regions for international student recruitment in an effort to make its international student body more diverse by 2020. The Edmonton Journal reports that achieving this goal will require the university to redirect some of the attention that is currently focused on China, which accounts for nearly 75% of the school’s international student population. UAlberta Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President of International Programs Britta Baron says that any adverse change to the school’s relationship with China “would cause serious financial trouble for the university.” The Journal adds that since student tuition is the second largest contributor to the overall university budget, such a lack of diversity poses a financial risk to the institution. Edmonton Journal