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Msm Looks Into The Next Decade Of Canadian Higher Education In Think In Event
By: M Square Media
Titled "Beyond 2022: Shaping the Next Decade of Canadian Higher Education," the webinar featured esteemed panelists Sandra Schinnerl, Ph.D., a researcher who has been making waves on immigration and education policy, and Amrik Virk, Chair for the MSM Canada Advisory Board and former Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services and Minister of Advanced Education for British Columbia.
The online forum was moderated by MSM Higher Ed President, seasoned educator Donna Hooker.
The Think-In also discussed the immigration policy in which private career colleges are restricted from post-graduate work permits in most provinces, with the exception of New Brunswick, which has established a pilot project.
"Although we are in the business of providing world-class education, in reality, we have now become part of the immigration pathway for people and it is a factor that helps attract students to our institutions and it's also something that we need to consider because we are now gatekeepers. Much of what we do helps to decide who gets into the country…who has opportunities for permanent migration pathways," Schinnerl said.
The webinar further discussed opportunities for IRCC or provincial governments with Provincial Nominee Programming in regards to attracting international students to study, gain employment and perhaps make their home in Canada.
"We should look at the multiplier effect. The immigrant who comes through a Provincial Nominee Program can be a multiplier…internationally trained, professional of some sort that comes in and can be a multiplier. This can be a software engineer who eventually employs seven other students," Amrik pointed out.
"The PNP program works better in attracting the already graduated individual, perhaps doing a postgraduate degree here or a doctoral thesis here, that individual then becomes a job multiplier. This can be used more in the postgraduate side of international recruitment and perhaps less so in the undergraduate in the Provincial Nominee Program," he clarified.
The MSM Think In Canada event was open to higher education officials and education agents. It was part of the MSM Think In webinar sessions that offer a close look at the latest trends and development across the higher education industry. Organized by the international education company MSM, it aimed to incite further thinking, critique or action across participants.