Why universities should diversify their international student populations

August 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia’s sudden decision to order all of its students out of Canada should serve as a warning to colleges and universities not to rely too heavily on international students from any one country, writes Josh Dehaas. While Saudis make up a small percentage of the province’s international student body, Dehaas adds, a mass exodus of Indian or Chinese students would be devastating. The author describes the varying degrees of success that different institutions throughout Ontario have had with their strategies to diversify their international populations. Dehaas concludes by identifying McGill University as a possible model for other schools, given that no more than one-fifth of its international students come from a single country. TVO