An online survey released earlier this week of more than 5,000 international students attending British Columbia’s public post-secondary institutions shows 90 per cent of students rated the quality of education in B.C. as an important factor for deciding to study here, announced Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.
“B.C. offers international students the advantages of access to a superior quality education system, a high standard of living, a multicultural society, stable surroundings, and stunning natural beauty,” said Stilwell. “This survey confirms that British Columbia has a world-class education system and a proud tradition of welcoming international students to its borders.”
The survey shows that 71 per cent of international students are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of their education, while over two-thirds were satisfied or very satisfied with the institution they are attending and 70 per cent are satisfied with their teachers. In addition, almost two-thirds of those surveyed would recommend their post-secondary institution to others.
Other survey results showed that 32 per cent plan to continue their education in B.C. after they complete their current program; and 54 per cent intend to work in B.C. after completing their studies.
The purpose of the survey was to obtain direct feedback from international students about their learning and living experiences in British Columbia. Data from the survey will help B.C. public post-secondary institutions and the ministry to better understand and enhance the study and adjustment experiences of international students.
More than 25,000 international students from 150 countries are currently registered in B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions. International students have created close to 6,000 jobs at B.C.’s public post-secondary institutions, while contributing $511 million annually to the provincial economy. B.C. draws about 30 per cent of all international students who come to Canada, most of them from the Asia-Pacific.
The complete survey results can be found on the LearnLive BC website at www.learnlivebc.ca/