Nov. 15, 2004
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The week of Nov. 15 - 19 has been designated International Education Week in Canada, Education Minister Madeleine Dubé announced today.
"International Education Week is an opportunity to promote and celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide," Dubé said. "The Department of Education has been actively involved in international education for close to 10 years."
"Since the mid-1990s, New Brunswick's four publicly-funded universities have each initiated aggressive recruitment programs and successfully collaborated on an international student recruitment project," she said. "Between 1998 and 2004, there was an increase from 665 to 1,955, or 194 per cent, in the number of full-time international students attending New Brunswick universities.
"Students come to New Brunswick from around the world with the majority coming from Asia, the Caribbean and la Francophonie countries," the minister said. "The presence of international students on our campuses has the potential for expanding the horizons of every student, faculty and staff member. Our international students enrich all of us by sharing themselves - their perspectives, their cultures, their ideas - with us."
International Education Week is designed to raise awareness and understanding of international education, its significant benefits to Canada, to Canadian educational institutions, and to all Canadians. Events to celebrate International Education Week are being held in over 85 countries.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jason Humphrey or Hugues Beaulieu, communications, Education, 506- 444-4714.