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ERIC Number: ED449749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Feb-8
Pages: 16
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Can Canada Get Its Act Together in International Education?
Farquhar, Robin H.
This paper discusses the position of Canada with regard to international education, drawing on the findings of a prior study intended to foster development of an agenda for promoting a more strategic national approach to the internationalization of Canadian education. International education, for the purposes of this discussion, includes extending Canadian education to people from other countries, promoting educational experiences in other countries for Canadians, and fostering an international orientation in the curricula and milieu of Canadian institutions. The importance of international education for Canada can be supported by cultural, political, academic, and economic reasons, with the economic aspect being of great importance to Canadians who recognize that their country faces international competition and international opportunities. At present, Canada's proportional allocation of public expenditures to international culture, science, and education is small when compared with the allocations of some European countries. In addition, the future outlook is not promising for Canada in the international arena. The study found, however, that a considerable amount is happening in a largely uncoordinated fashion to promote international education in Canada. These initiatives should be encouraged, and national advocacy organizations for international education should expand their scope and find ways to include the provinces in their efforts. If a relatively loose confederation of these organizations could be organized, productive synergies could be realized by making a whole greater than the sum of its parts. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada