The number of international students at the College of New Caledonia is increasing, and president John Bowman says the school is hoping that trend continues.
At the board of governors meeting on Friday, Bowman said there were 247 international students for the fall semester, up from 215 in fall 2010 and 175 in fall 2009.
“One thing people need to remember,” Bowman said, “and I think there is a misconception about this, is that international students do not take seats away from Canadian students. The money we receive from the international students allows us to offer more courses, which means more seats for Canadian students as well.”
Bowman congratulated Barb Old, community and international education dean, and her staff, but noted changes in other countries have also helped.
“Changes in policy in India have made it much easier for their students to study in Canada.”
The number of students from India in classes at CNC went from 12 in 2010 to 30 in the latest semester. The largest group of students is from China, with 140. Bowman says those two countries should continue to provide the majority of international students.
“Over the last 10 years, we’ve developed a network around the world to attract students. In China and India, for instance, we have agents who recruit students for us.
“It also helps when students return from their time here to their home country and have good stories to tell about the school and the people.”
The school is also looking to increase the number of countries it gets students from, Bowman said.
“We’re working in a number of countries in Africa, and one of our staff members recently made a trip to South America.”
There is a Prince George connection to South American students, with School District 57 working with Colombia on having students attend local schools. Bowman says CNC is aware of that work, but is also working with countries like Brazil.
Friday’s report showed most of the international students are enrolled in university transfer, English language training, human resources, and business programs.