Scholarships Encourage Student Exchanges

By on April 7, 2015
Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson

Release. Ten scholarships of $5,000 each will provide an incentive for students from Maple Leaf Educational Systems in China to attend Langara College, announced Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson during a mission to China.

“The education and experience students gain through international
education are invaluable, and will lead to global connections and
broader horizons,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson.
“Scholarships for Maple Leaf Educational Systems students to attend
Langara College support our International Education Strategy to
increase the number of international students coming to British
Columbia.”

The scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to students
who have completed at least three years of study at one of the Maple
Leaf Educational Systems campuses in China, and have applied and been
accepted to study at Langara College.

“The ministry grant of $25,000 and the matching funds from Langara will
support the excellent students of Maple Leaf who choose the college as
their post-secondary destination,” said Langara College president Dr.
Lane Trotter. “We appreciate the leadership of the ministry in this
initiative, and look forward to welcoming more Maple Leaf Educational
Systems students to our campus through this unique opportunity.”

Maple Leaf Educational Systems has operated B.C. Certified Offshore
Schools under the B.C. Global Education Program in seven locations in
China for almost 20 years. Their graduates receive the B.C. Certificate
of Graduation.

This is the first mission to China for Wilkinson as Advanced Education
Minister. He is accompanied by representatives from four B.C. post-
secondary institutions: British Columbia Institute of Technology,
Langara College, Simon Fraser University and the University of British
Columbia.

The mission is an opportunity to strengthen existing government-to-
government education relations and establish new relations and
institutional partnerships. It also will promote the two-way exchange
of students and highlight pathways to further learning in British
Columbia such as offshore schools to post-secondary institutions in
B.C. These are key goals of B.C.’s International Education Strategy.

Quick facts:

* In 2012-13, 112,800 international students from 180 countries around
the globe were attending public and private post-secondary
institutions, elementary and secondary schools, and private Languages
Canada schools in British Columbia, up 20% from 94,000 over three
years.

* Students from China made up the greatest proportion of international
students in B.C. in 2012-13, with 25,800 attending all levels of
education:

* 13,300 in public post-secondary institutions.
* 5,800 in private post-secondary institutions.
* 2,400 in private Languages Canada schools.
* 4,300 in the kindergarten-to-Grade 12 level.

Learn more:

B.C. Trade Mission 2015:
www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/2015/03/spring-trade-missions-showcase-bcs-diverse-export-market-in-asia.html

B.C.’s International Education Strategy:
www.aved.gov.bc.ca/internationaleducation/forms/InternationalEducationStrategy_WEB.PDF

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