Canadian Em­bassy or­ga­nizes ed­u­ca­tional fair

Kuwait Times - - Local - By Faten Omar

KUWAIT: The Em­bassy of Canada in Kuwait or­ga­nized the 12th an­nual Edu-Canada Mid­dle East and North Africa (MENA) fair, com­posed of ap­prox­i­mately 10 lead­ing Canadian in­sti­tu­tions and col­leges, on Sun­day at the Sym­phony Style Ho­tel. Speak­ing to Kuwait Times, the Coun­selor at the Em­bassy of Canada, Tammy Ames said, “After the one­day fair, the group of uni­ver­si­ties will visit a num­ber of schools to hold a mini fair for the stu­dents con­sid­er­ing at­tend­ing the Univer­sity in Canada.”

She noted that this fair mainly tar­gets Kuwaitis and ex­pa­tri­ates who want to pur­sue their bach­e­lor’s de­grees but will also an­swer ques­tions re­lated to Mas­ter’s and PhDs. “This is the sec­ond fair that we had this year and we are plan­ning for an­other one in Fe­bru­ary. Kuwaiti stu­dents who have ex­cess to the schol­ar­ship pro­gram through the Min­istry of High Ed­u­ca­tion and ex­pats who are self-fund­ing or have a schol­ar­ship through other sources can also ap­ply,” Ames said.

Shed­ding light on the ap­pli­ca­tion process, Ames said that the em­bassy will di­rect the stu­dents, adding, “If the stu­dents miss the fair, we will di­rect them to the right peo­ple and get them in touch with the uni­ver­si­ties that can pro­vide them with more in­for­ma­tion. Once the stu­dent re­ceives the ac­cep­tance from the univer­sity, they can ap­ply for the visa as it may take up to six weeks, so it is bet­ter to ap­ply sooner. For Kuwaiti stu­dents it de­pends on their schol­ar­ship.”

Ames pointed out that stu­dent must ap­ply in Jan­uary but also check with the univer­sity for avail­abil­ity. She said that 54 Kuwaiti stu­dents went on schol­ar­ship this year. “Canada pro­vides amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents. Just like Kuwait, we are open to peo­ple of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and we have a pub­lic ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem where qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion is avail­able through­out Canada, and each univer­sity has some­thing ex­cit­ing to of­fer.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the in­sti­tu­tions met

54 Kuwaiti stu­dents went on schol­ar­ship to Canada this year

with stu­dents, par­ents and other mem­bers of the ed­u­ca­tion com­mu­nity, and pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties in Canada. Canadian higher ed­u­ca­tion of­fers su­pe­rior aca­demic cur­ric­ula, cut­ting-edge re­search, state-of-the-art cam­puses, and pro­fes­sional and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence to last a life­time. Canada is home to a safe, mul­ti­cul­tural, vi­brant so­ci­ety and a dy­namic 21st cen­tury econ­omy. With al­most most of the world’s eth­nic groups rep­re­sented in Canada, stu­dents in­ter­act with many dif­fer­ent cul­tures; broad­en­ing their mind­set and giv­ing them more in­ter­na­tional per­spec­tive which is a valu­able at­tribute that at­tracts em­ploy­ers world­wide.

The schools par­tic­i­pat­ing on the tour are: Col­lege of New Cale­do­nia, Bri­tish Columbia, Thom­son River Is­land Univer­sity (TRU), Bri­tish Columbia, Sheri­dan Col­lege, On­tario, Univer­sity of Water­loo, On­tario Univer­sity of Man­i­toba, Man­i­toba, Brock Univer­sity, On­tario, Huron Univer­sity Col­lege, On­tario, Univer­sity of Wind­sor, On­tario, Al­go­nquin Col­lege, On­tario and Golden Hills In­ter­na­tional School.

—Pho­tos by Yasser Al-Zayyat

KUWAIT: Stu­dents at­tend the 12th an­nual Edu-Canada Mid­dle East and North Africa fair.

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