British Columbia launches advisory website for international students

Published:  8 Jan at 6 PM
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Yesterday, the western Canadian province of British Columbia, launched its new website aimed at promoting its post-secondary education opportunities to international students.

The LearnLiveBC website will stress the province’s high-level universities and technical colleges, with information presented in a number of languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese. Information on all educational programmes at degree and diploma level will be provided, together with costs and details of visas and how to apply.

An important feature of the new site is its links to other helpful web destinations such as with its catalogues of the thousands of speciality programmes available in British Columbia’s further education institutes. The creation of the facility is part of the province’s International Education Strategy, unveiled last year in May.

According to the BC government, at the present time 100,000 overseas students are attending qualification courses in the province. Should the website be successful in encouraging more students from abroad, each 10 per cent increase in that number will result in almost 2,000 new jobs and increase BC’s GDP by CA$100 million.

In the same week, Canada’s much-publicised new Federal Skilled Trades Programme was officially opened. The scheme is aimed at reducing skills shortages, especially in the construction industry, and has no post-secondary education requirements and less stringent language proficiency requirements.
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