The Government of Saskatchewan is aiming to better support the growth of international students while at the same time continuing to build relationships with key international markets.
A new International Education Strategy includes multiple initiatives related to global engagement, capacity building and leadership.
The hope is to attract more key international and new markets.
“The strategy developed in partnership with the post-secondary sector will assist institutions to attract international students in innovative ways, while meeting commitments outlined in Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan,” Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky said in a release. “International education is a major contributor to the Saskatchewan economy and this strategy will help position the province as a destination of choice for international students,” Makowsky added.
Key areas of the strategy include:
• Participating in international missions to support recruitment and branding efforts;
• Fostering new international partnerships to promote education and research opportunities in both Saskatchewan and abroad;
• Developing a new International Education Practitioner Program to support a provincial approach on training throughout the sector that will provide students with a consistent experience; and
• Supporting the growth and sustainability of French post-secondary programs in Saskatchewan through targeted recruitment in key French language markets.
“Saskatchewan’s strong network of eight international trade and investment offices will be key to supporting this significant strategy around the world,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said in a release. “Taking Saskatchewan to the world and bringing the world to Saskatchewan helps increase exports and attract investment, and it further positions our province as a leader in international education and research opportunities, creating jobs and driving economic growth in communities right across the province.”
The province will also launch the Saskatchewan Student Ambassador program in early 2022.
The program will enhance the experience for international students.