University of Toronto attracts more Indian students

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The Canadian Bazaar

TORONTO: The number of Indian students seeking admission to Canadian institutions is increasing very rapidly.

The University of Toronto, which is Canada’s premier university, has reported a 57 percent jump in applications for admission from students from India

Overall, the university has reported a 20 percent jump in foreign students seeking admission. Most of these foreign students are Indians and Chinese.

Most international students are now looking at Canadian universities because of the country’s liberal, migrant-friendly image serving as an important attraction, says BBC.

Ted Sargent, vice president (international) of the University of Toronto, has been quoted as saying that in addition to offering top-tier universities, Canada is sending a “message about being open to the world’’ in the light to the contemporary political climate in the US and the UK.

“Events in the US and the UK have reverberated around the world. It makes people go back and think again.’’

Currently, there are more than 350,000 international students in Canada – which almost one percent of Canada’s population. Out of these, about 40,000 are Indian students mostly from Punjab.

Over 8 per cent of all international students going abroad for studies choose Canada because the country offers them quick passage to permanent residence.

Foreign students pump billions of dollars into Canada’s economy.

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