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Physio Therapy Students in Joan Loomis classroom

Teaching Excellence Important Factor When Choosing a University

When you are looking at which international university or college to study at, Canada should come up on your radar screen.  Although many factors go into choosing a university, factors such as financial costs, standard of living, programs offered and the quality of education offered at the institution where you want to study at must be considered.  A Canadian education has much to offer the international student:

PISA Ranking – According to the 2009 PISA report, among OECD countries, Canada stands 6th well above the UK and the USA.  Although this survey was conducted with 15-year old students, it is still an indicator of the calibre of education and teaching that takes place in Canada’s post-secondary education.

Conference Board of Canada in their report, puts Canada in third place just below Japan and Finland with Australia next and the UK and the USA trailing far behind.  The top provinces in this report are BC, Ontario and Alberta.  Inclusion in the survey looked at three criteria, standard of living, population size and geographic size so this report was limited to 15 peer countries.

QS Rankings – Although many of the top spots went to US and UK universities, Canada didn’t lag far behind.  Canada’s fewer may be a factor, but nevertheless, 23 universities in the QS list were among the top 200 where quality of subject taught was measured.  Twenty-nine subjects were surveyed and for the Canadian universities, the leaders in all 29 subjects were the University of Alberta and McGill University.

The UN consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places in the world to live.  It is also one of the best places to study in because it’s universities rank among the top 100 in the world, i.e.:  The University of Alberta currently holds 84th position according to QS rankings.  Our universities are noted for innovation and world-class collaborative research and development.  The Canadian government also offers post-graduate work incentives to attract international students to its shores.

Canada is indeed the place to study in.

Pakistan Makes the List of Top Sending Countries to Canada.

Students who want to study in Canada are getting visas as is indicated by the 2013 statistics compiled by Statistics Canada.  Out of 50 countries, Pakistan stands number 12 in the list.  The statistics show China and India leading the pack of international students studying in Canada, but one does have to take into consideration their 1.3 billion and 1.2 billion populations when analysing the data.

studying in canada visasA better way to look at the 12 countries is to consider the percentage of students who study in Canada based on a country’s population.  This will give a more realistic picture of how many students receive visas to study in Canada.

studying in canada percentageBased on percentage per population, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and France hold top spots for students studying in Canada.  This is in contrast to just looking at numbers which places China, India, South Korea and France in the top four sending countries.

Reasons for some countries having more international students studying in Canada vary from unilateral agreements (Mexico), university exchanges (France), government sponsorship (Saudi Arabia) and etc.  If we compare countries with similar populations such as Japan, Brazil, Nigeria and Pakistan, we see that the variation in student populations in Canada is not significantly different.

Unfortunately, statistics on the number of student visa applications as opposed to student visa applications granted are not available, but what is available is sufficient to encourage Pakistani students that Canada doesn’t reject your study permit application if you meet their basic requirements.