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ERIC Number: EJ996497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-1
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
In Canada, Business Schools Lead Push for Globalization
Lewington, Jennifer
Chronicle of Higher Education, Apr 2012
At Canadian universities, business schools are light-years ahead of the rest of the campus in raising their global profile. Intensive foreign-student-recruitment efforts, friendly Canadian immigration rules, mandatory study-abroad requirements, and, in some cases, the option to pursue programs in multiple languages have combined to pack a punch in recent years. At the top schools, foreign students often make up 30 percent or more of enrollment in undergraduate programs in business administration and commerce, and close to 50 percent of graduate business studies. By contrast, international students typically account for 5 to 10 percent of students on the main campus of Canadian universities. Business students embrace study-abroad options: In one of the most robust programs, 93 percent of commerce undergraduates at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, take a semester-long exchange, compared with 3 percent of Canadian university students in general. Canada is the sixth-most-preferred destination for international students, but it ranks third behind the United States and Britain based on the number of overseas business-school applicants taking the Graduate Management Admission Test. Like their global rivals, Canadian business schools are revamping curricula, adding specialty programs, and boosting study-abroad opportunities, in large part to respond to employer demand for graduates equipped for a borderless world. Business faculties are also getting a boost from Canada's immigration rules that allow students to get a work permit for up to three years after graduation, compared with tighter provisions in other countries. Programs delivered in multiple languages have become one way to stand out in a crowded field. Undergraduates can pursue a business-administration degree in French; French and English; or French, English, and Spanish. For the one-year graduate business degree, students take core courses in French or English and, if proficient, add electives in their second language. From its introduction in 2005, the trilingual bachelor of business administration has proved popular.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada