International students are finding great educational opportunities in B.C. and, in many cases, are staying to take advantage of the growing economy and exceptional quality of life.
With Nov. 17-21 as International Education Week, let’s celebrate the success of some former international students who have made B.C. their home:
- In Cranbrook, former College of the Rockies student Jin Yoo from South Korea
- In Kelowna, former University of BC Okanagan students Wan Wan and Susana Baez
- In Quesnel, former University of BC Okanagan student Karen Robles Arellano
You can find their stories on the B.C government’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BCProvincialGovernment
Why It Matters:
- B.C.’s international education sector provides valuable social and cultural opportunities for educational institutions, students and communities throughout the province.
- International students provide B.C. students with opportunities to be exposed to other languages, cultures and new ways of thinking.
- It generates significant economic growth and local job opportunities while fostering research and innovation.
Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk -
“British Columbia is a world-class destination for international students who bring economic, cultural and social benefits to our campuses and communities. As we celebrate International Education Week, it’s a good opportunity to shine a light on students who have decided to make B.C. home, and have helped enrich our communities with their culture and experiences.”
Quick Facts for 2012-13:
- 112,800 - the number of international students studying at all levels in B.C.
- $2.3 billion - the amount international students spent provincewide.
- $1.63 billion - the amount international education contributed to B.C.’s GDP.
- 25,500 - the number of jobs generated as a result of international education.
- $80 million - the estimated revenue to government from international education.
BC Jobs Plan: engage.gov.bc.ca/bcjobsplan/
B.C.’s International Education Strategy: www.aved.gov.bc.ca/internationaleducation/welcome.htm
Stacey McGaghey Jones
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Advanced Education