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Canada to woo more international students

Published on Jan 16, 2014 6:34 AM
 
Canada's International Trade Minister Ed Fast speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Nov 27, 2013. Canada wants to double the number of foreign students enrolled at its universities as well as researchers to 450,000 by 2020, Mr Fast announced on Jan 15, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canada wants to double the number of foreign students enrolled at its universities as well as researchers to 450,000 by 2020, Trade Minister Ed Fast announced on Wednesday.

The hope is that the world's brightest minds choose to study and work in Canada, and possibly stay after graduating, fuelling innovation and boosting the economy.

"Our government recognises that international education is a key driver of jobs and prosperity in every region of Canada," Mr Fast said in a statement.

The government has earmarked C$5 million (S$5.8 million) annually to support the objective. The monies will be primarily used to market Canadian schools in six key markets.

 
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