Canadian universities open door to international PhD students

"We are seeing a lot more interest from developing countries, from northern Africa … from Latin American countries." Source: Cris Dinoto/Unsplash

As the Trump administration next door makes it more difficult for foreigners to enter the country, Canadian universities are making strides in making their graduate courses more accessible for international students.

Study International recently reported that the University of Toronto was being praised for reducing fees for international PhD candidates to be equivalent to local ones.

Now, Brock University in Ontario has announced it will pay all tuition for international PhD students,  The Globe and Mail reported this week. The university already offers fellowships for students, however until now they have had to pay CAD3500 (US$2,780) in fees which will now be covered by the school.

“We are seeing a lot more interest from developing countries, from northern Africa … from Latin American countries,” said Dr Jamie Mandigo, vice-provost for enrolment management and international as quoted by The Globe and Mail.

He explained that by providing quality education to international students, Brock University could contribute to the development of countries around the world.

“We have a social obligation to disseminate knowledge worldwide and education can be that catalyst of revitalisation in all parts of the world,” he said.

The changes have been made available under a new policy by the Ontario government to support international student education – with 1,200 students to be funded over the next three years, up from just 133.

Advanced Education and Skills Development Ministry told The Globe and Mail that the strategy “will help provide international students with a high-quality postsecondary experience … and expand learning opportunities for domestic students who interact with their international counterparts on campuses across the province.”

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