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ACCC Supports Launch of Canada’s International Education Strategy #CanadaIES

intl educationOttawa, ON, January 15, 2014 –  Denise Amyot, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), today released this statement.

“The Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy (IES) will strengthen Canada’s relationships with key partner countries, create benefits for colleges and institutes in Canada, and give students the skills they need for employment.

“The government’s $10 million investment for international marketing initiatives will promote Canada’s institutions as leading destinations for post-secondary study. The IES can position Canada to be a global leader in developing skilled people to fuel the global economy.

“ACCC is pleased the federal Strategy will double the number of international students in Canada by 2022. International students help prepare Canadian students and staff to work in a globalized world. International students also assist in program delivery in smaller regions and help create capacity for Canadian students in larger centres through higher tuition investments.

“We support increasing the number of Canadians able to study or do research abroad and would hope that future investments will begin to support the mobility of Canadian college students abroad as well. Colleges and their students contribute to applied research, economic growth and employment in communities across Canada and companies are now increasingly asking for grads with international experience. Students at colleges and institutes in Canada should benefit from the same opportunity.

 “We look forward to working with our members and partners, including the federal government, to deliver Canada’s ambitious International Education Strategy.”

ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes, with 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities.

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Additional resources:

International Education Strategy

Reaction from the Canadian Consortium for International Education

Meet the Consortium: Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC), Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Canadian Association of Public Schools – International (CAPS-I)Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) and Languages Canada

For more information contact:

Shawn Dearn
Director of Communications, ACCC
613-746-2222 Ext. 3123
Twitter: @ACCC_Comms