Canada and India - plan to increase student exchange

By Anusha

Canada & India - plan to increase student exchange

Canada aims to magnify the number of foreign students from India to their universities. Further, Canada also aims to increase the number of Canadian students in India.

In Canada, Indian students form the 2nd largest population, which has evidenced a quadrupled increase since 2008 as per David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.

By 2020, Canada is seeking to double the number of students from Canada going overseas to study.

There were enough opportunities in India, he said. "I hope a trip like mine will put a spotlight on the opportunities for Canadians here. Beyond the actual study, we are seeing some exciting Joint research collaborations between the two nations," he said.

In India there are world class institutions which are as good as universities in Canada, said Stewart Beck, High Commissioner for Canada to India. "Canadians don't know about it. The job for India and for me is to say that these are institutions that you should look at," he said.

More than 400 MoUs have been signed by education institutions of Canada with universities of India, he said.

Forming the part of Canada's revenue, a value of over $6 billion is earned from international students through education, Johnston said.

The Governor General said that by collaborating institutions the educational partnership could be nurtured.

The institutions can collaborate to give some human talent, however the syllabus must be suitable to Indian needs and Canada acquires that in being able to process its own curriculum to serve its own needs in a better manner, the Governor General added.

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