Cana­dian MBAs lure

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Bei­jing wan­gru@chi­

For the fourth con­sec­u­tive year, a group of Cana­dian busi­ness schools will travel to China to hold two MBA fairs in Septem­ber to at­tract more Chi­nese ap­pli­cants.

Co-hosted by the Cana­dian Em­bassy in Bei­jing and the Canada-China Busi­ness Coun­cil, 10 lead­ing busi­ness schools from Canada will send their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Bei­jing and Tian­jin.

Most of the busi­ness schools ranked among Canada’s top 10 in 2014, schools that in­clude Sauder School of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia; Haskayne School of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary, and Al­berta School of Busi­ness at the Univer­sity of Al­berta.

The MBA fair will have dif­fer­ent ses­sions in­clud­ing host panel dis­cus­sion on ad­van­tages of a busi­ness ed­u­ca­tion in Canada, alumni panel dis­cus­sion, and one-on-one in­ter­views with po­ten­tial stu­dents.

In ad­di­tion, the Cana­dian Immigration Of­fice of the Cana­dian Em­bassy will give a pre­sen­ta­tion on study per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions, post grad­u­ate work per­mit pro­gram, and other immigration poli­cies.

China is re­port­edly short of pro­fes­sional man­agers that are ca­pa­ble of work­ing in a global mar­ket. But its do­mes­tic MBA ed­u­ca­tion is widely re­garded as an “elite ed­u­ca­tion” that lacks ef­fi­cient teach­ing tech­niques.

About one-third of Chi­nese over­seas stu­dents in North Amer­ica are in busi­ness schools. Some schools con­duct classes in man­darin.

Canada has renowned busi­ness schools with un­der­stand­ing of global mar­kets and busi­ness man­age­ment skills in both con­ven­tional in­dus­tries, such as energy, and cut­ting-edge tech­no­log­i­cal in­dus­tries.

China is the largest source of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in Canada. There are about 700,000 Chi­nese stu­dents study­ing in Canada’s high schools and univer­si­ties, which ac­counts for one-third of the to­tal in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in Canada.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the Cana­dian Bureau for In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion the num­ber of over­seas stu­dents in Canada has been grow­ing 10 to 12 per­cent ev­ery year.

The Cana­dian gov­ern­ment an­nounced in 2014 that the coun­try plans to dou­ble the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to 450,000 by 2022.

The in­ter­na­tion­als stu­dents would cre­ate 86,000 jobs and C$10 bil­lion to the an­nual GDP of Canada.

Col­leges and univer­si­ties in Canada have been fac­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties in re­cent years be­cause of ed­u­ca­tion bud­get cuts by pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments. Re­cruit­ing in­ter­na­tional stu­dents will help ease the prob­lem.

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