University Recruitment of International Students
Last month, I bloggedÂ about “pathway colleges,” which are private companies that have been entering into P3 arrangements with Canadian universities in recent years.Â The private company helps recruit international students and then gives the studentsÂ pre-university training.Â If all goes according to plan, the students in question eventually become full-fledged students at the university in question.Â Â
There’s been increased attention to this matter in recentÂ weeks.Â InÂ the nation’s capital, two letters have been featured in the Ottawa Citizen on the topic, specifically in reference to Carleton University’s potential deal with a company called Navitas.Â One of the letters, written by yours truly, argues that there is a clear alternative to entering intoÂ suchÂ P3 arrangments, and that involvesÂ provincial governments giving universities sufficient up-front fundingÂ so that they canÂ recruit on the same scale as these private companies.Â
The other letterÂ is written by the the President of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union.Â The University of ManitobaÂ hasÂ had an agreement in place with Navitas since 2007.Â Yet,Â she points out that her union still does not know how much moneyÂ Navitas is payingÂ the University of Manitoba.
Finally, there is anÂ article inÂ today’s Globe and MailÂ on the perils involved in having for-profit companies recruit Chinese students who wish to gain admission to Canadian universities.Â ItÂ should give us all cause for concern.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant with a PhD in Public Policy. He has academic affiliation at both Carleton University and Case Western Reserve University, and is Section Editor of the Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale. You can check out his website here: https://nickfalvo.ca/.