UAlberta should do more to pursue international students: Simons

October 18, 2017

“Despite hopes the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and the chaos of Brexit might encourage more international students to apply, overall international student enrolment [at the University of Alberta] rose by less than one per cent this year,” writes Paula Simons. The university has stated that it does not plan to grow its international enrolment to more than 15% of its student population, citing concerns about displacing domestic students. Yet Simons argues that international student tuition fees underwrite more seats for domestic students, and adds that attracting more of these students boosts a school’s international reputation and its on-campus diversity. Simons closes by offering profiles of several international students who decided to enrol at UAlberta and explores their reasons for doing so. Edmonton Journal