The University of Victoria’s award-winning Co-op Program

AUGUST 25, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently honoured the University of Victoria’s CANEU-COOP Program with the 2016 Outstanding Program in International Education Award. Why is this Program so unique? To discover more, we spoke with Karima Ramji, Manager, International Programs at the University of Victoria’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services. Launched in 2009, the […]

BCCIE turns 25: An interview with Donna Hooker

AUGUST 19, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

As a tribute to BCCIE’s 25th year anniversary, we are interviewing BC International Education practitioners who have made significant contributions to the sector throughout the years. Below, Donna Hooker, former BCCIE Board Chair and Director, Vancouver Community College International, and now Director at Capilano University’s Centre for International Experience shares her insight […]

Team BC Brazil Mission: Call for expressions of interest

AUGUST 15, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Date: September 16–26, 2016 Target Audience: K-12 schools and districts, EQA-designated post-secondary institutions and language schools Locations: São Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Porto Alegre Cost: non-paid In support of BC’s International Education sector, BCCIE is pleased to announce a coordinated Team BC Brazil Mission this September 16–26, 2016. This initiative follows a […]

Ottawa seeks to attract Chinese workers

AUGUST 12, 2016     Source: The Globe and Mail

BCCIE co-hosts International Education conference in Ho Chi Minh City

AUGUST 3, 2016     Source: Alan Schroeder

The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) recently co-organized an International Conference on Quality in Leadership and Management of Higher Education with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this past July 28–29. Over 120 post-secondary educators, administrators and government officials […]

Universities worldwide are shifting techniques

AUGUST 2, 2016     Source: Vietnam News

A two-day conference on the internationalization of higher education was organised on Wednesday by the Việt Nam-based Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation’s Regional Training Centre (SEAMEO RETRAC) in co-operation with the British Columbia Council for International Education.

BCCIE turns 25: An interview with Catherine Vertesi

JULY 26, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

In honour of BCCIE’s 25th anniversary, Catherine Vertesi, past BCCIE Board Member and former Vice-President, International, External Relations and New Initiatives at Capilano University, shares her thoughts on how International Education in BC has evolved. BCCIE: What made you decide on a career International Education? CV: Early in my career, I […]

BC students visit Beijing for life-altering cultural exchange

JULY 19, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Thanks to BCCIE and the Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE), 20 lucky secondary school students from across BC arrived in Beijing, China, on July 14. The students are participating in the Beijing International Student Summer camp, which unites high school youth from over 20 countries for a 10-day "life-changing" exchange program in China's […]

Organization of American States’ Scholarship Program for graduate programs in Brazil

JULY 12, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

The sixth consecutive edition of the Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC) between the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities (GCUB), with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Division of Educational Topics and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / […]

Announcing BC’s 2016 International Education Award winners

JUNE 23, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

 VICTORIA, BC – June 23, 2016   Distinguished education leaders from around Canada and abroad gathered on Tuesday at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of International Education in British Columbia (BC). The BC International Education Awards, hosted by the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), […]

UBC appoints new president and vice chancellor

JUNE 15, 2016     Source: University of British Columbia

BC shares teaching best practices at education seminars in Beijing 

JUNE 7, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

The Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE) in collaboration with the Beijing Municipal Education Commission held a lecture series on International Education in China last month to explore ways to develop K-12 education in Beijing’s suburban school districts of Miyun, Yanqing, Tongzhou and Pinggu. Leaders in International Education Select British Columbian […]

China rising fastest in ranking of national systems

MAY 30, 2016     Source: University World News

Encouraging BC youth to learn Chinese Mandarin

MAY 26, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Grade 12 students from throughout the province gathered last week at the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Vancouver to receive a new award that celebrates those who learn a foreign language early in life. The BC-China Award for Excellence in Chinese recognizes Grade 12 students from […]

Strengthening academic ties between South Korea and BC

MAY 25, 2016     Source: BC Government

As a demonstration of the increasing post-secondary links between British Columbia and South Korea, Sookmyung Women's University has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Royal Roads University to explore a joint master of arts in leadership program, and presented Premier Christy Clark with an honorary doctorate in political […]

For a more creative brain, travel

MAY 20, 2016     Source: The Atlantic

Nonstop Delhi-Vancouver flights to begin this year

MAY 4, 2016     Source: The Pie

Indian students currently make up the fastest growing group of international students coming into British Columbia. 

Why don’t more Canadian students study abroad?

MAY 3, 2016     Source: Academica Forum

More female leaders needed at Canadian universities

APRIL 29, 2016     Source: Globe and Mail

20 U.S. independent school counsellors welcomed to BC

APRIL 28, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

From April 24–27, 2016, BCCIE led a familiarization tour for ACCIS, a professional organization of U.S. college counsellors at independent high schools. It was BC’s first time hosting such a diversity of US counsellors, representing over 15 states—from Hawaii to New Hampshire; New Mexico to Minnesota. The tour consisted of site visits to six […]

Better education can decrease wealth inequality

APRIL 25, 2016     Source: Brad Brasseur

BCCIE signs MOU with Inter-American Organization for Higher Education

APRIL 22, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week with the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (IOHE). The official document was signed by BCCIE’s Executive Director Dr. Randall Martin and IOHE’s Executive Director Dr. David Julien on April 13. IOHE is a university association represented by 27 countries throughout the […]

Spotlight on new Ministry of Education International Education Scholarships and Awards – now open

APRIL 21, 2016     Source: Ministry of Education

Promoting intercultural learning opportunities for high school students and teachers    British Columbia’s Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that applications are now open for four new international education awards and scholarships. The awards promote the development of intercultural knowledge and understanding in support of BC’s new education curriculum and […]

Snapshot of the Mexican Education Market

APRIL 21, 2016     Source: Alan Schroeder

By: Alan Schroeder, Associate Director, External Relations, BCCIE With a number of economic and educational reforms, the government of Mexico is aiming to boost the country’s productivity, raise income levels and become a more globally competitive nation. A number of factors make Mexico, a priority market under Global Affairs Canada’s […]

Government of Canada support for science helps attract top talent

APRIL 18, 2016     Source: Canada Foundation for Innovation

Latin America education roundtable sparks discussion on partnerships

APRIL 8, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

On April 6, The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) hosted a roundtable discussion on the opportunities for enhanced bilateral and regional academic collaboration between British Columbia and Latin America. With participation of the Latin American representatives from BC Consular offices and working-level representatives of British Columbia’s Ministry of […]

Premier announces spring trade mission to Asia

APRIL 6, 2016     Source: Government of BC

Training a new generation of Asia-competent Canadians

APRIL 4, 2016     Source: Vancouver Sun

The director of consulting group McKinsey and Company had touched on a key talking point of recent efforts to improve Canadians’ ability to compete for business in Asia — a need to increase the level of knowledge and understanding among the Canadian public, focussing on academic exchanges.

Chinese investment could make Terrace, B.C. a hub

MARCH 30, 2016     Source: Asia Pacific Report

Re-cap of the 2016 CONAHEC Conference in San Luis Potosi, Mexico

MARCH 23, 2016     Source: Colin Doerr

Global Grand Challenges: Channeling International Collaboration was this year’s theme of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) 17th Conference, which was generously hosted by Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP) in San Luis Potosí, Mexico from March 16–18, 2016.  BCCIE was very pleased to join this year’s conference […]

BCCIE presents at educational tour seminars in Tokyo

MARCH 22, 2016     Source: Alan Schroeder

Together with the Japan-Canada Tourism Association, Destination BC and the BC Trade and Investment Representative Office in Japan, BCCIE participated in a pair of seminars in Tokyo today to promote educational tours in BC to local teachers and tour operators. Pictured below is BCCIE's Associate Director, External Relations, leading a presentation to […]

Ottawa mulls easing residency rules for foreign students

MARCH 22, 2016     Source: Vancouver Sun

This province has more such students per capita than any province and they could become a source of skilled labour.

Update on the Economic Impact of International Education in British Columbia

MARCH 16, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

In December 2015, the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) commissioned Economist Dr. Roslyn Kunin of Roslyn Kunin and Associates, Inc. (RKA, Inc.) to undertake a report titled "An Update on The Economic Impact of International Education in Btitish Columbia" for the 2013/14 academic year. This report builds on the economic studies Dr. […]

BCCIE signs MOU with University Colleges Denmark

MARCH 15, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE is pleased to announce a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established with University Colleges Denmark, a consortium of nine educational institutions. The MOU was initiated by VIA University College and carried through by VIA for and on behalf of University Colleges Denmark.  BCCIE Executive Director Dr. Randall Martin met with VIA University Colleges President Harald […]

Canada’s Competitive Spirit

MARCH 15, 2016     Source: The Pie

Scholarships for teachers of Spanish working in Canada

MARCH 8, 2016     Source: Embassy of Spain in Canada

Tia Tula Scholarships 2016 Scholarships for teachers of Spanish working in Canada Dear colleagues, The Embassy of Spain in Canada has announced that the Tia Tula School is offering eight scholarships to take part in a professional development course in Salamanca, Spain. The dates for the course are July 3–9, 2016, […]

Study abroad scholarships in Taiwan: Opportunity for BC Students

MARCH 4, 2016     Source: TECO

Dear colleagues, We have been made aware of two excellent opportunities for BC students to study in Taiwan via our colleagues at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver. The “2016 Taiwan Scholarship Program” and “2016 Ministry of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program” have both been announced. More information can […]

APAIE 2016 gala dinner, Melbourne

MARCH 4, 2016     Source: The Pie

Latin America’s top ranked university and BCCIE: New opportunities for higher education collaboration

FEBRUARY 29, 2016     Source: Colin Doerr

Brazil’s University of São Paulo (USP) is considered to be one of the most prestigious higher education and research institutions worldwide. It placed first in Latin American rankings and ninth in the BRICS rankings in 2015.    BCCIE is proud to have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the […]

Our global intern shares his first impressions of Ho Chi Minh City

FEBRUARY 26, 2016     Source: Richard Gaudreau

Earlier this year, BCCIE piloted a Global Intership Program in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam. The Program provides participants with a unique opportunity to gain international business experience directly related to their field of study. We are pleased to announce that Richard Gaudreau, who recently graduated […]

Opinion: International students are a win-win for BC

FEBRUARY 25, 2016     Source: Vancouver Sun

Canada’s culture of research excellence

FEBRUARY 15, 2016     Source: The Globe and Mail

Building Blocks for a Canada-Asia Strategy

FEBRUARY 11, 2016     Source: Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Northern BC high school students “awestruck” by short-term exchange in Nanjing, China

FEBRUARY 11, 2016     Source: Chris van der Mark

By: Chris van der Mark Superintendent of Schools, School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley) With help and coordination from the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) and the Jiangsu Education Services for International Exchange (JESIE), a government unit representing China’s Jiangsu Province, School District No. 54 (Bulkley Valley) sent 20 […]

How one secondary school in Surrey is welcoming Syrian refugees

FEBRUARY 5, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Canadians have demonstrated humanitarian spirit and openness in responding to the Syrian refugee crisis, which the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called the world’s single largest refugee crisis. Since the conflict started over four years ago, more than 11 million Syrians have been forced out of their country. The […]

Success Stories: Agreements bolster Southeast Asia cooperation on education

FEBRUARY 4, 2016     Source: Ministry of International Trade

Announcing COMPASS Winter 2016

FEBRUARY 3, 2016     Source: BCCIE

The launch of COMPASS in December 2014 was a success story for the International Education sector in BC. The first issue received hundreds of hits at publication time. Stakeholders access our online publication to learn more about BC’s engagement in International Education and the numerous platforms and initiatives that BC stakeholders and […]

Why studying abroad could help you get hired

JANUARY 27, 2016     Source: World Economic Forum

Establishing and engaging the Canadian Alumni Network in Vietnam

JANUARY 19, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Dear colleagues, Please find below an exciting announcement from the Embassy and Consulate of Canada in Vietnam. We would appreciate if you could circulate this news with your alumni contacts. Best, The BCCIE Team The Embassy and Consulate General of Canada in Vietnam are building a Canadian Alumni Network that will […]

Networking opportunity for BC students and alumni who have studied in China

JANUARY 15, 2016     Source: Chantal Moore

Do you know a current or former BC student who has studied abroad in China? BCCIE is asking BC educators to circulate the below message or online invitation at your Asian Studies departments, Study Abroad offices or other equivalent departments. You are invited: Evening Networking Dinner at the Chinese Consulate […]

International Education trends in Japan

JANUARY 6, 2016     Source: Michiko Aoshima

In 2012, the number of Japanese students studying abroad finally returned to positive growth after seven consecutive years of decline.  The Japanese Economy has been recovering since Mr. Shinzo Abe returned as Prime Minister in December 2012 and announced the “Japan Revitalization Strategy” in 2013, which included university reforms and […]

5 top International Education stories from 2015

JANUARY 4, 2016     Source:

BC announces new Asia trade strategy

DECEMBER 21, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Happy holidays on behalf of BCCIE!

DECEMBER 15, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

In the spirit of the International Education sector, which is known for its eagerness to contribute to the global community, we have made a government-matched donation to help incoming Syrian refugees through UNICEF. For more information on donation options, visit the Global Affairs Canada website.   Thank you for your ongoing loyalty to and […]

Competition Open for Canadians: Commonwealth Scholarship Plan – India

DECEMBER 10, 2015     Source: Indian Council for Cultural Relations

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has launched its scholarship competition under the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship Plan 2016-2017. Two scholarships are available to Canadians who wish to study or conduct research in India. The scholarships, which are tenable as of September 2016, provide funding for the full length of […]

The importance of higher education for Syrian refugees

DECEMBER 7, 2015     Source: World Education Services (WES)

SFU’s Erik Bainbridge wins 2015 International Business Studies Award

DECEMBER 4, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The International Business Studies Award recognizes a post-secondary student who has shown leadership and excelled in international studies while contributing to the BC export community. This year’s winner was Erik Bainbridge, a fourth-year political science major from Simon Fraser University. His academic journey has already led him to complete four […]

BC to open trade office in the Philippines

DECEMBER 4, 2015     Source: BC Government

The state of international student mobility in 2015

DECEMBER 4, 2015     Source: ICEF Monitor

Call for 2016/2017 Brunei Darussalam Government Scholarships

DECEMBER 3, 2015     Source: Commonwealth of Learning

 Learning for Sustainable Development The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), working in partnership with the Brunei Darussalam Government, wishes to announce Master's Degree scholarships for five people from Commonwealth countries, preferably working in Higher Education Institutions or Departments of Higher Education, to study on a full-time basis in Brunei Darussalam for […]

International students rate BC as world class study destination

NOVEMBER 26, 2015     Source: Ministry of Advanced Education

Educational cooperation and labour market development between Vietnam and BC

NOVEMBER 24, 2015     Source: The Vietnam Courier

BCCIE's Executive Director, Dr. Randall Martin, was recently quoted in the Vietnam Courier (Le Courrier du Vietnam) on the topic of partnership agreements between BCCIE and SEAMO RETRAC and the Vietnam Association of Commuity Colleges (VACC). To read the original article in French, please view here.   

Recent changes to the Imagine Education au/in Canada brand policy

NOVEMBER 18, 2015     Source: Ministry of Advanced Education

On behalf of the Ministry of Advanced Education: Please note that recent changes to the Imagine Education au/in Canada brand policy allow British Columbia private career training institutions with Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation to be brand eligible.  The Imagine Education au/in Canada brand was developed in 2008 to allow education […]

Celebrating International Education week

NOVEMBER 17, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

International Education is about the two-way flow of ideas, innovation and knowledge When one thinks of International Education in BC, one may think about the many international students who enrich our province culturally and economically. International Education is after all BC’s fifth largest export sector. In 2012/13, International Education generated $2.3 […]

Why I think more BC International Education professionals should attend the NAFSA Region I conference

NOVEMBER 13, 2015     Source: Elizabeth Brin

In October, I went to the NAFSA Region I conference in Boise, Idaho. On my last day in Boise, while speaking to some colleagues about what a great experience I had, I made a commitment to try and increase BC representation at the annual conference. As the Manager of our […]

Press release: BC and Vietnam join hands to support International Education

NOVEMBER 10, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam –  Tuesday, November 10 Students in Vietnam and British Columbia will benefit from partnership agreements the BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) signed yesterday with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Training Center (SEAMEO RETRAC) and the Vietnam Association of Community Colleges (VACC). These […]

Northeast China Recruitment and Partnership for BC Schools: Enter Hockey, Ice Sculptures and Russian Neighbours

NOVEMBER 2, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

Following the recent signing of the MOU between the BC Ministry of Education, Advanced Education and the Department of Education in Heilongjiang Province, PRC, we are delighted to announce a new partnership between BCCIE and the Heilongjiang Education Centre for International Exchange (HECIE), which is under the auspices of Provincial Department of […]

Canada’s new PM pledges to ease citizenship path

OCTOBER 28, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Though the party hasn’t yet been officially sworn in, International Education stakeholders are optimistic about what the change in leadership might bring for the sector.

2015 Kakehashi Project: The bridge for tomorrow

OCTOBER 22, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Approximately 45 students from Shimodate Daiichi High School in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, were welcomed recently at the official residence of the Consul General of Japan in Vancouver, Mr. Seiji Okada. The students were visiting Canada – many of them for the first time – for one week from August […]

International Education: A foreign policy imperative

OCTOBER 21, 2015     Source: The Hill Times

BCCIE in Southeast Asia this week to lead Team BC Mission

OCTOBER 9, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE is in Indonesia and Vietnam this week leading the 2015 Team BC Southeast Asia Mission, which goes from October 7 to 19. The purpose of the Mission is to build upon past recruitment and engagement efforts forged by the BC education sector in Southeast Asia. We are creating a BC Zone at Canada […]

Interview with the Consul General of Japan in Vancouver

OCTOBER 6, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently had the pleasure of visiting Mr. Seiji Okada, Consul General of Japan in Vancouver, at his Downtown Vancouver office. We wanted to discuss the nature of his role as Consul General and hear his views on the importance of connecting our two nations, especially from an International Education […]

International schools teach the world in Canada

OCTOBER 1, 2015     Source: The Globe and Mail

Quality education for all listed in the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015     Source: Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

The UN has listed "inclusive and equitable quality education" for all among its goals for Agenda 2030, an inter-governmental set of targets relating to international development.

2016 Faculty Recruitment Opportunities at Ashoka University in Kundli, India

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015     Source: BCCIE News

Please see the below faculty recruitment announcement from Ashoka University, a renowned liberal arts university located in Kundli, India, one hour North of Delhi. ________________________________________ Dear colleagues, Last year was a big year for Ashoka University in many ways. We doubled in faculty size and welcomed some wonderful visiting and […]

Announcing COMPASS Fall 2015

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The launch of COMPASS in December 2014 was a success story for the International Education sector in BC. The first issue received hundreds of hits at publication time. Stakeholders access our online publication to learn more about BC’s engagement in International Education and the numerous platforms and initiatives that BC stakeholders and […]

Roundtable on access to skilled labour for the International Education sector

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015     Source: Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

Representatives from the International Education sector met with the federal and provincial governments today to discuss skilled labour initiatives and human resource planning, as part of a series of roundtables being held over coming months with sectors highlighted in the BC Jobs Plan.

Canada introduces new travel authorization requirement

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015     Source: ICEF

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is moving to implement a new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) requirement for foreign visitors this year, including international students.

Mission marks two decades of friendship, trade between sister provinces

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015     Source: Office of the Premier

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the B.C.-Guangdong Sister Province agreement and promoting exports in key sectors such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), agrifoods, clean technology and information and communications technology (ICT) are the focus of a fall trade mission to China by Premier Christy Clark.

Tokyo and B.C. team up to support students

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015     Source: Ministry of Education

Students from British Columbia and Tokyo, Japan will get the chance to connect – with each other – thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by B.C.’s Ministry of Education and the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education.

BCCIE announces Memorandum of Understanding with university consortium in Rio de Janeiro

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

New opportunities in Brazil for BC institutions The Canadian Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil recently hosted a number of Canadian and Brazilian post-secondary institutions in recognition of the development and growth of International Education cooperation. The event included the signing of a number of important Memoranda of Understanding […]

Congrats to the BC winners of the 2015 STM Star Awards

SEPTEMBER 11, 2015     Source:

Opinion: Back to school for international students, too

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015     Source: Vancouver Sun

It’s early September and excitement is in the air. Young people in Vancouver are back at school. Howver, when we think of back-to-school, we rarely think about international students.

North Island College International Education Update

SEPTEMBER 3, 2015     Source: North Island College

After five and one-half years with North Island College, Mark Herringer has made the decision to leave his position as Executive Director, International Education to pursue a similar job at Durham College in Oshawa, Ontario. Mark has provided outstanding leadership in helping to build a strong team in the International […]

International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme now accepting applications

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015     Source: UNA-Canada

Deadline: September 15 Are you flexible, adaptable and comfortable in challenging situations? Can you see yourself working in a UN office promoting human rights, the rule of law, and sustainable development? For nearly two decades, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) has matched hundreds of qualified Canadians with UN agencies […]

BC launches K-12 International Homestay Guidelines

AUGUST 28, 2015     Source: BC Goverment

Taking in an international student is a great way parents can connect their kids to the world and new experiences, and help students from other countries come to B.C. and Canada to take advantage of one of the best education systems in the world.

BC schools taking brand to Brazil, Vietnam

AUGUST 26, 2015     Source: Vancouver Sun

Representatives from BC schools will be visiting Brazil, Southeast Asia and Japan between now and November in an effort to boost the province’s educational brand abroad and to attract more international students. The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE) said it is working with provincial and federal officials on the missions, dubbed […]

School districts blaze online into Next Generation

AUGUST 26, 2015     Source: BC Government

Schools move into the Next Generation High-speed internet, enhanced security services, mobile technology and digital instruction are finding their way into more BC classrooms this year. 

Nominate a student for the BC Export Awards!

AUGUST 24, 2015     Source: BC Export Awards

With one out of every three jobs in Canada linked directly to goods and service exports, few would dispute that trade is a vital component of Canada’s economic health. By the same token, we believe the development of today’s youth – tomorrow’s international business leaders – is equally important.  

BCCIE attends 18th Annual Teochew Convention in Vancouver

AUGUST 21, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Vancouver, BC – Approximately 3000 Teochew people comprised of over 200 associations worldwide gathered this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre to promote the exchange of culture, trade and social ties between communities and internationally.    The occasion was the 18th Annual Teochew Convention, a three-day event from August 19–21 that […]

New Report – Internationalization of Higher Education within the European Context

AUGUST 14, 2015     Source: BCCIE

The European Parliament's Committee on Culture and Education has released a new study on the Internationalization of Higher Education within the European context. It is based on two surveys, an analysis of the role of digital learning, ten national reports from Europe and seven from outside Europe. The study puts forth conclusions and […]

A review of the International Student Program at Kootenay Lake School District

AUGUST 14, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Nelson, BC has a rich cultural history. In 1987, Nelson International School opened on the former grounds of Notre Dame University, welcoming over 250 Japanese students to study English and business. The school had a positive impact on the community and economy, creating 80 direct jobs.  So, 17 years ago, when […]

Donate your frequent flyer miles to help BC youth study abroad

AUGUST 14, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Sending more domestic students abroad is part of BC’s International Education Strategy. Graduates with international experience globalize our workforce, bringing much needed intercultural skills to Canada. However, expenses are always listed as a top reason why students choose not study abroad. Often, the cost of an international roundtrip ticket alone […]

Announcement of Education Tenders from Oman and Qatar

AUGUST 11, 2015     Source: Ministry of Advanced Education

Government of Qatar – Tender for a new framework for Qatar’s K-12 curricula   On June 16, 2015, during a visit to Qatar, the Minister of Advanced Education of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Hon. Clyde Jackman, met with Qatar’s Minister of Education and Higher Education, HE Dr. Mohamed Ben Abdel […]

Mike Bernier is now the appointed Minister of Education

JULY 30, 2015     Source: BC Government News

Premier Christy Clark announced the following changes in cabinet responsibilities today: Peter Fassbender is now Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for Translink. Coralee Oakes is Minister of Small Business, Red-Tape Reduction and Minister Responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch. Naomi Yamamoto is Minister of State for […]

BCCIE: focus on student support, global challenges

JULY 30, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Education institutions in British Columbia should emphasise international student retention and support alongside recruitment efforts. This was one of the talking points at the BC Council for International Education’s annual Summer Seminar last month, where discussions focused on balancing institutional requirements and global challenges.

Awards celebrate excellence in BC int’l education

JULY 24, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Fraser International College, British Columbia’s largest pathway provider, has won the BC Council for International Education’s Outstanding Program in International Education Award, in BCCIE’s 2015 awards celebrating excellence in the sector. FIC won the accolade for its Peer Education Program, a tutorial course including skills workshops and opportunities to gain […]

Where all the world’s students are moving across the globe in one infographic

JULY 22, 2015     Source: Business Insider

We live in a globalized and fluid world. It seems like hardly anybody stays in the same place anymore their entire lives.  International students get a particularly early jump. The International Removals Company – Movehub's goal is to provide information for people looking to move abroad. They've put together this fantastic infographic of where all […]

Survey: College of the Rockies ranked #1 in Canada by international students

JULY 21, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

College of the Rockies has done it again. For the third year in a row, the College was ranked by international students as number one in Canada and, for the second consecutive year, first in the world for overall average student satisfaction. Conducted by the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) […]

Educating global citizens

JULY 13, 2015     Source: Canadian Universities Report published by The Globe and Mail

What you don’t know will hurt you Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina and Chair of Universities Canada’s Standing Committee on International Relations I remember as a child hearing the saying “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” After close to four decades in the […]

VFS and BCIT launch unprecedented partnership

JULY 3, 2015     Source: Vancouver Film School (VFS)

Vancouver, BC – Vancouver Film School (VFS) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) announce a first-of-its-kind partnership. The VFS Pathway is a cross-institutional agreement enabling VFS graduates to fast-track into the BCIT School of Business and be eligible to obtain a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) at BCIT.

Asia as an international education hub

JULY 3, 2015     Source: Study Travel Magazine

English-medium education is on the up in Asia, largely due to affordability and an influx of quality schools and programmes. However, while some governments are injecting money into the international education industry, others are withdrawing funding.

Ohio University Zanesville Dean Jenifer Cushman is featured speaker at the BCCIE Summer Seminar

JULY 3, 2015     Source: OHIO: Compass

Campus Dean and Associate Professor of German at Ohio University Zanesville Dr. Jenifer Cushman delivered the luncheon plenary address and served on the Global Experts panel at the BCCIE 2015 Summer Seminar in Whistler, Canada. 

These Countries Have The Most Students Studying Abroad [Infographic]

JULY 2, 2015     Source: Niall McCarthy from Statista on Forbes

Nowhere beats China when it comes to students who study abroad. According to UNESCO, the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, send the most students overseas. China leads the way by a considerable distance with just under 700,000 students studying abroad. India is second with 189,500 while the […]

Top 20 Schools to Study VFX/Animation and Next-Gen Gaming for 2015

JUNE 25, 2015     Source: CG Student Awards

The School of the Year – Top 20 list was calculated based on the voting of over 1,000 submissions of portfolios from students and recent graduates studying at 216 International schools and training facilities. Each school was awarded points based on data collected from the performance of submissions from students […]

CBIE to build immigration program for International Education professionals

JUNE 25, 2015     Source: CBIE

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) is pleased to announce that it will develop an education program addressing the advising needs of International Student Advisers (ISAs) vis-à-vis immigration policy and practice. The program will prepare ISAs working at educational institutions across Canada for the entry-to-practice exam to become Regulated […]

Brazil’s ABRUEM delegation welcomed at BCCIE Summer Seminar

JUNE 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE was fortunate to be joined by ABRUEM in Whistler, BC, for the annual Summer Seminar conference. ABRUEM is a leading delegation of Brazilian rectors representing 46 public state and municipal universities throughout Brazil.  On the morning of June 23, members of ABRUEM participated in a Presidents’ Panel on the […]

Celebrating BC’s 2015 International Education Award Winners

JUNE 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Whistler, BC – June 24, 2015     Distinguished education leaders from around BC, Canada and abroad gathered at the Fairmont Chateau in Whistler last night to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of International Education in British Columbia. The International Education Awards, hosted annually by the BC Council for International […]

International students continue to choose BC as a study destination

JUNE 18, 2015     Source: BC Government News

VICTORIA – Latest statistics show the number of international students choosing British Columbia as their study destination increased 22% from 94,000 students in 2009-10 to 114,600 in 2013-14. International students enrol in all levels of education in B.C., including public and private post-secondary, private language schools and K-12.

Canadian and Brazilian universities commit to advancing academic and research cooperation

JUNE 17, 2015     Source: Universities Canada

OTTAWA – Canadian universities have paved the way for improved student and faculty mobility and heightened research collaboration between Canada and Brazil. Universities Canada signed a five-year memorandum of understanding with the Association of Brazilian Rectors of State and Municipal Universities during a Canada-Brazil roundtable at Rideau Hall today. ABRUEM […]

Education mission extends learning opportunities across countries and cultures

JUNE 17, 2015     Source: BC Government News

VANCOUVER – British Columbia has taken another stride toward increasing the exchange of students, educators and ideas with countries in Asia, as Education Minister Peter Fassbender returned from his five-day education mission earlier this month. The minister began his visit to The People’s Republic of China and Japan on May […]

Partnership opportunity with Japanese university in Shiminoseki

JUNE 16, 2015     Source: BCCIE

Baiko Gakuin University (BGU) is a smaller university, formerly a mission school, based in Shiminoseki, at the very southern tip of Honshu Island (where ferries depart to Pusan in Korea). They have two primary faculties of Literature/Humanities and of Early Childhood Development/Education.   BGU is looking for a college or university […]

Announcing BCCIE’s Associate Director, External Relations

JUNE 12, 2015     Source: Randall Martin

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Alan Schroeder will be joining BCCIE in the position of Associate Director, External Relations. He will be arriving directly from Japan for his first activities with BCCIE at the Whistler Summer Seminar, June 21–24.   With the growth in the number of Team BC marketing […]

Read the inspirational story behind our Summer Seminar conference bags

JUNE 8, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Attending Summer Seminar this year? If you are, you may want to cherish your conference bag closely. We are pleased to have selected Township Patterns, a sewing collective that started from the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, as the provider of the 2015 conference bags. The Township story is not only moving, but connected […]

Japan: desire to study abroad fuelled by domestic career ambitions

JUNE 8, 2015     Source: The PIE News

More than two thirds of undergraduate students in Japan have some interest in studying abroad, new research has suggested. However, the study also showed that a far lower number want to work abroad after graduation, indicating a domestic orientation in terms of long-term career goals.

Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, visited National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

JUNE 3, 2015     Source: National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Dr. Randall Martin, Executive Director of BCCIE, visited National Taiwan University of Science and Technology on June 2 in order to further develop international exchange between BC and Taiwan. After meeting with the President LIAO Qingrong and Vice Director of International Affairs Office, Mr. OU Yuchen, Dr. Martin visited Taiwan […]

New scholarship expands opportunities for international students to learn in BC

JUNE 2, 2015     Source: BC Government News

VICTORIA – A new $150,000 scholarship program will benefit 120 students from China, Japan and South Korea. Education Minister Peter Fassbender announced the new British Columbia International Education Scholarships today during his current mission to Asia. Under the program the ministry will provide each country’s students with awards totalling $50,000. […]

MEDIA ADVISORY – BCCIE to host 6th Annual Summer Seminar conference

JUNE 1, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) is hosting its Annual Summer Seminar conference in Whistler, B.C. from June 21–24, 2015. This year's theme will be Global Responsibility and Institutional Mandate: Opportunity for Innovation. Dates:          June 21–24, 2015   Location:     Fairmont Chateau Whistler,            […]

Education mission to bolster ties with China and Japan

MAY 29, 2015     Source: BC Newsroom

VANCOUVER – Education Minister Peter Fassbender is taking B.C.’s world-class education system on the road as he embarks on a five-day mission to Asia until June 4. With stops in Beijing and Tokyo, Fassbender will be promoting British Columbia’s education programs and services, reinforcing the Province’s commitment to international education […]

Beijing International Student Summer Camp

MAY 26, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

An experience of a lifetime for BC youth  This year from July 14–23, approximately 40 secondary school students from across the province will participate in the annual Beijing International Student Summer Camp. BCCIE has been partnering with the Beijing International Education Exchange (BIEE) since 2011 to coordinate this exciting international […]

New research suggests international students pay for 70,000 jobs in London

MAY 20, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

A new report shows that the economic benefits of overseas students in the capital far outweigh the cost. New research by London First and PwC has shown that international students at London universities contribute a net £2.3 billion to the UK economy, the equivalent of £34,122 per student.

BCCIE welcomes incoming delegation from Pakistan

MAY 12, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

On May 5, BCCIE welcomed a delegation of 19 Pakistani Vice Chancellors, representatives of the British Council and Higher Education Commission Pakistan. As part of a study tour the delegation attended a one-day workshop at Langara College on the topic of BC's Education and Transfer systems, led in part by […]

Spotlight on Shugaku Ryoko

MAY 7, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

Developing short-term international study tours with BC's K-12 sector A young Japanese pioneer North of Vancouver, rising two kilometres above sea level, is a peak on a barren stretch of BC’s Coast Mountains range. Although it now appears remote, it was once close to a bustling centre where Japanese Canadians […]

Victoria agency searching the globe for students

MAY 7, 2015     Source: Times Colonist

The Greater Victoria Development Agency is angling for a bigger piece of the lucrative international-student market with a new program called Education Victoria. Launched Friday in concert with the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University, Camosun College and Tourism Victoria, the campaign is hoping to bring more international students to […]

Top Emerging Markets for International Student Recruitment

MAY 5, 2015     Source: WES Research and Advisory Services on WES WENR

The number of international students from just a few countries on major U.S. campuses has increased to such a level that headlines such as “The University of China at Illinois” have been appearing in major education news media with increasing frequency. In response, and as international students continue to flock […]

Why studying in Canada might be a good option, Part 3

MAY 1, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a visit to colleges in British Columbia, Canada, hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education, we were fortunate enough to visit the colleges and universities on Vancouver Island. British Columbia offers a great variety of institutions and it was evident in the options available on the island. […]

COMPASS Spring 2015 is here!

APRIL 30, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

The launch of COMPASS in December 2014 was a great success, with the first issue receiving hundreds of hits at publication time. Stakeholders access our online publication to learn more about BC’s engagement in International Education and the numerous platforms and initiatives that BC stakeholders and our international colleagues can integrate into […]

PIE Chat with Geoff Wilmshurst, Camosun College, Canada

APRIL 24, 2015     Source: The PIE News - PIE Chat

Canada’s international education sector has undergone huge upheaval in the last couple of years. Geoff Wilmshurst, director of Camosun International at Camosun College in British Columbia, talks to The PIE about the country’s national strategy for the sector, branding challenges and recruiting in smaller markets. The PIE: What kind of […]

New research provides fresh insights for reaching and engaging millennials

APRIL 17, 2015     Source: ICEF Monitor

Youth research firm Voxburner has just released a fascinating report in conjunction with YMS 2015 (Youth Marketing Strategy), a conference they recently hosted in London. The report,Youth Trends 2015, includes vital insights for educators marketing to their most important demographic: millennials. The Voxburner report is based on an online survey of 1,156 […]

Why studying in Canada might be a good option, Part 2

APRIL 15, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a recent college tour in British Columbia hosted by the British Columbia Council for International Education we visited several art schools in Vancouver, BC that would give students a great reason to study in BC. The area has a rich art scene and because of the booming movie production […] and Morneau Shepell launch 24/7 International Student Support Program

APRIL 15, 2015     Source:

Toronto, Canada – Effective immediately, International Insurance, one of the worl'ds largest insurance providers in the international education market, in partnership with Morneau Shepell (TSX:MSI), Canada's leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, has launched the induistry's first 24/7 International Student Support Program. Through Morneau Shepell's worldwide network, now […]

CICan officially announces phase two of the CIIP

APRIL 13, 2015     Source: College and Institutes Canada

CICan has officially signed a two-year agreement (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for a second phase of the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP). In this new phase of the program, CICan is collaborating with an important new partner: the International Organization for […]

Spring Education Mission to China a win for students

APRIL 10, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently accompanied BC's Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson on his Education Mission to China to promote education relationships, support BC’s important education partners and encourage an increase in the two-way flow of students. The Mission, Wilkinson’s first as Minister of Advanced Education, was deemed a great success, facilitating […]

Scholarships encourage student exchanges between BCIT and China

APRIL 7, 2015     Source: BC Government

CHONGQING, CHINA – International mobility of students between British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and Southwest University in China will be enhanced by up to 16 scholarships, announced Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson during a mission to China. “These scholarships will open up new opportunities for students in B.C. and […]

Spring trade missions showcase B.C.’s diverse export market in Asia

MARCH 20, 2015     Source: BC Newsroom

VANCOUVER – Promoting exports in B.C.’s priority sectors such as digital media, education, clean technology and life sciences is the focus of upcoming spring trade missions to Asia by Minister of International Trade Teresa Wat and Minister of Advanced Education Andrew Wilkinson. Wat will be travelling to China and Indonesia […]

Why studying in BC Canada might be a good option, Part 1

MARCH 17, 2015     Source: Cathy McMeekan on

On a recent college tour sponsored by the British Columbia Council for International Education, a number of Pacific Northwest high school counselors and independent educational consultants were given a peek at some well-regarded and surprisingly affordable post-secondary educational options. After a week’s whirlwind tour I’ve come away with several observations […]

Canada, China agree on 10-year, multi-entry visa

MARCH 13, 2015     Source: The PIE News

Canada and China have reached a reciprocal agreement to introduce a 10-year, multiple entry visa for business, travel and tourism in a move that will boost bilateral trade ties and people-to-people exchanges. Under the new visa, which came into play this week, Chinese citizens can enter Canada on multiple occasions […]

Languages Canada, CAPS-I and the State of Par​​á​, Brazil, sign notable MOU

MARCH 13, 2015     Source: Languages Canada

OTTAWA, ON – March 13, 2015 – The State of Par​​á​, Brazil, the Canadian Association of Public Schools (CAPS-I) and Languages Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) last week to support closer working relations between the three parties. Promoting the mutual assistance of English language education, cultural exchange and […]

Indian government to draft new education policy

MARCH 6, 2015     Source: The PIE News

The director of education at the British Council in India has called the country’s new education policy discussion points “very encouraging” because of the inclusion of internationalisation of HE as a top 20 priority. For the first time in more than two decades, the government of India is drafting a […]

Upcoming Competition: Student Exchange Program for Latin America and the Caribbean

FEBRUARY 25, 2015     Source: CBIE/BCEI

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) will soon be launching the competition for the Student Exchange Program (SEP) for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Canadian institutions will be  invited to submit applications for college, undergraduate, and graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean as well as faculty and international […]

Canada introduces new process for international students to immigrate

FEBRUARY 25, 2015     Source: ICEF

At the beginning of January, the Canadian government introduced a new application process for international graduates of Canadian universities and colleges wishing to immigrate to Canada: the Express Entry programme. Under the new programme, international students who have graduated from a Canadian institution are placed in a “pool” with other groups of […]

Welcome to our new website

FEBRUARY 24, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Welcome to our new website! You’ll notice things don’t look the way they used to. We freshened up the website, giving it a clean, modern look that will help you find the information you need quickly. Usability You’ll find it easier to navigate the website with the new layout. We […]

Hotel-style housing for international students opens in Vancouver

FEBRUARY 11, 2015     Source: BCCIE

The story is all too familiar – international students arriving to Vancouver for homestays only to find their rooms located under a stairway, or in a far removed suburb hours from their school. But this is now changing with the help of companies like CIBT Education Group. Last week, CIBT […]

Exploring Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus

JANUARY 29, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) is a multicampus private university founded in 1942 and headquartered in New Jersey, USA. In 2007, FDU opened its newest campus in Vancouver, BC. BCCIE recently had the opportunity to tour the FDU Vancouver location and meet with some of its key administrators. Today, FDU is one […]

Congrats to Rohith Manhas, a 2014 BC Export Award winner

JANUARY 28, 2015     Source: Chantal Moore

BCCIE recently interviewed Rohith Manhas, a fourth-year student at SFU’s Beedie School of Business on his win of the 2014 BC Export Awards’ International Business Studies Award. Manhas earned the 2014 Award for his term as a co-op student in Mumbai, India, where he worked with Fortune 500 companies on […]

National survey shows Canadian universities more focused on internationalization

JANUARY 26, 2015     Source: ICEF Monitor

A significant majority of Canadian universities – 82% – now place internationalization among their top five strategic priorities, says a new survey of Canada’s degree-granting institutions. This represents a 5% increase over a previous survey in 2006, and leads a broad set of findings that all clearly point to an […]

One year later: Progress on Canada’s International Education Strategy

JANUARY 23, 2015     Source: CBIE/BCEI

A year ago last week, the federal government unveiled Canada’s first International Education Strategy (IES), signalling that global perspectives and experience are needed to ensure Canada’s prosperity in the 21st century. The IES is a major achievement for the education sector, which had been urging a pan-Canadian strategy for two […]

Scholarships available for Canadian students to study abroad through the Organization of American States (OAS)

JANUARY 19, 2015     Source: DFATD

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is happy to announce the launch of the competition for the Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarships Program. The OAS offers scholarships to Canadian students for study or research at the Master’s or PhD level that lead to a degree at a […]

Host short-term tour groups (Shugaku Ryoko) of Japanese K-12 students

JANUARY 13, 2015     Source: Colin Doerr

BCCIE has been working with the Japanese Consulate General in Vancouver, BC Ministry of International Trade, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skill Training, the Japan/Canada Tourism Association (JACATA) and tourism marketers from Destination BC to explore how to best grow and develop BC as a preferred destination for Japan’s Short-Term International […]

Snapshot: International students in Canada

JANUARY 6, 2015     Source: CBIE/BCEI

Is it your new year’s resolution to study in Canada? Will you study in a university, college or secondary school? Where will you study? Where do international students in Canada come from? To answer these questions, we have developed a snapshot of international students in Canada. Canada is the world’s […]

Introducing COMPASS, a new publication on BC’s emerging education markets

DECEMBER 18, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

The BC Council for International Education has collaborated on a new publication, COMPASS, to keep stakeholders informed about the exciting and ever-shifting landscape of International Education (IE). We hope you enjoy the first edition, launched December 2014.   COMPASS includes contributions from BC’s Education Marketing Managers (EMMs), who are employed […]

The growing case for building institutional links with India

DECEMBER 17, 2014     Source: ICEF

India is planning a massive expansion of its higher education system over the next decade. The Indian government has a stated goal to increase higher education participation rates to 30% by 2020 from 18% today – a target that will require the creation of an additional 14 million spaces in […]

Vietnam Agency Sector Overhaul is Underway

DECEMBER 12, 2014     Source: The PIE news

After the Vietnamese government passed sweeping regulations to clean up the education agency industry at the beginning of 2013, the first cohort of agency businesses has undergone the certification course necessary to continue operating. Despite introducing strict rules including a required escrow account containing US$23,800 (VND500m), the government has not […]

Internationalization listed as a top priority for more than 80% of Canadian universities: Survey

DECEMBER 11, 2014     Source: AUCC

OTTAWA – Canada’s universities are becoming more internationally engaged, placing a premium on  more global experiences for students to prepare them for success in today’s global knowledge economy. That’s among the findings of a new survey by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on internationalization at the country’s […]

Early bird registration open for Summer Seminar 2015

DECEMBER 10, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

From now until April 6, save $100 when you register online for BCCIE's annual Summer Seminar conference. This year, Summer Seminar will take place in beautiful Whistler, BC at the Chateau Fairmont Hotel. Please note: the 2015 full conference registration rate includes the Opening Reception and the Awards Banquet ticket. To learn more […]

Interview with Randall Martin from BC Canada

DECEMBER 1, 2014     Source: Inside Canada - Seoul Blog

1. I looked up your career and it was so impressive that you have been into international student programming more than ten years. What inspired you to be a respectful educator for international students?     Thank you very much.   I have 25 years’ experience in post-secondary education, development […]

City of Light to host newest BC offshore school

NOVEMBER 27, 2014     Source: BC Government

VICTORIA – Voila! B.C.’s Offshore Schools Program is about to mark another milestone as the first offshore school in Europe has been approved to open its doors in Paris, France. Since it was launched 16 years ago, the program has developed into a global network, promoting B.C.’s world-class education system […]

Saskatchewan launches new International Education strategy

NOVEMBER 26, 2014     Source: Saskatchewan Government

Today, Saskatchewan's Advanced Education Minister Kevin Doherty announced the launch of the province’s International Education Strategy. “We want our young people to acquire the skills they need to work in a global context and strengthen our province’s cultural business expertise worldwide,” Doherty said.  “This will help to build relationships with our […]

Survey shows growing interest in education agents among US colleges

NOVEMBER 26, 2014     Source: ICEF

International students, already so key to the internationalisation goals and revenue streams of many American institutions, seem poised to become even more important in the world’s leading study destination. US colleges and universities are facing increasing pressure to hit recruitment targets, and anxiety about not meeting them is creeping up. […]

Celebrating International Education Week in BC

NOVEMBER 17, 2014     Source: BC Government

As the world prepares for International Education Week, a growing number of international students are seeking the benefits of learning and living in B.C. Under B.C.’s International Education Strategy, the province is celebrating a thriving international education sector. Today there are about 112,800 international students in B.C. – an increase […]

Spotlight on 2014 StudyinBC contest winner!

NOVEMBER 7, 2014     Source: StudyinBC

The winner of our grand prize of an iPad Air is Juliana Galbiatti from Brazil. She is a Langara College graduate and has recently returned to British Columbia after a semester studying at King’s College in London. She shared with us her reaction to finding out that she had won the […]

More International Students are Choosing Canada

NOVEMBER 7, 2014     Source: CIC

Study permits issued to international students up by 26 percent since 2012 Canada is on track to welcome a record number of foreign students this year, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander announced today. 103,999 study permits were issued from January to September this year, an 11-percent increase […]

CBIE announces winners of 2014 International Education Awards

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: CBIE

The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), a partner of BCCIE, recently announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence Awards for innovation and emerging stars in International Education. A total of 10 awards will be presented to CBIE members and colleagues who have made significant commitments to leadership in the […]

BC trade mission to India promotes strong educational partnerships

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: Randall Martin

The BC Council for International Education (BCCIE), working together with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the Ministry of International Trade, was recently asked to assist in the planning of the Premier’s Trade Mission to India this October. We’re pleased to report the Mission was a great success enabling close […]

UBC’s Vantage College – a new business model for international students

OCTOBER 31, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

Each quarter, the BC Council for International Education highlights one public or private K-12 or post-secondary educational institution in the province that is making headlines in International Education. The August edition of Bulletin featured VanArts, a private digital arts college that attracts top talent with a student body that is […]

Northern Exposure: Canada’s push for international students

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: Inside Higher Ed

In conversations about international student recruitment in the United States, some things are taken as given: the decentralization of the landscape and the absence of a coordinated recruitment strategy at either the national or state level (save for some consortiums that are narrowly focused on marketing of a specific state), and the perceived […]

Dr. Randall Martin, BCCIE Executive Director, speaks to the PIE

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: The PIE news

British Columbia is one of Canada’s international education success stories. Randall Martin, executive director of the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE) talks to the PIE News about the province’s achievements, goals and how it could be a model for national level activity. The PIE: You’re a provincial organisation […]

Silicon Valley North: Vancouver tech surges as U.S. immigration reform idles

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: The Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Software engineer Pablo Guana nearly refused a job with Facebook when the company redirected him to Vancouver from Silicon Valley because his United States visa application was rejected. “I will not go to Canada,” said the 25-year-old from Argentina of his initial reaction. “Twenty degrees below zero, are […]

Study Travel Magazine announces 2014 Star Award winners

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: BCCIE

STM Star Awards 2014 winners announced The study travel industry gathered in style at London’s Hilton on Park Lane Hotel at the weekend to celebrate peer-voted excellence in service at the prestigious Study Travel Magazine Star Awards 2014. With study travel agents voting for their school and service provider partners […]

ELS selected as only private language school pathway for UBC Vantage College

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014     Source: ELS

Congrats to ELS Language Centers Canada! Language Centers Canada is pleased to have been selected as the only private language school pathway partner for University of British Columbia (UBC) Vantage College. UBC Vantage College is the only international college of its kind at a top-tier university in Canada. Vantage One […]

Study in BC Contest now on!

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014     Source: BCCIE

Are you an international student studying in BC? From September 16–November 1, enter our 3rd Annual StudyinBC Contest for the chance to WIN.  It's easy: Submit photos, blog posts and videos that capture the what the BC lifestyle means to you. If your entry is randomly selected, you could win an iPad […]

Dr. Kyra Garson receives George L. Geis Distinguished Dissertation Award

SEPTEMBER 2, 2014     Source: BCCIE

SFU’s Faculty of Education, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, Dr. Kyra Garson was recognized at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education's (CSSHE) annual meeting as the winner of the 2014 George L. Geis Dissertation Award. Dr. Garson's thesis is entitled, "Are We Graduating Global Citizens? A Mixed […]

Record numbers of international students choose BC

AUGUST 26, 2014     Source: BC Government

More international students than ever are choosing British Columbia as a study destination, with latest figures showing a 20% increase in international students and a 28% increase in direct spending by international students. “British Columbia is a world-class destination for tens of thousands of international students who bring economic, cultural […]

Changes to the International Student Program

AUGUST 20, 2014     Source: CIC

New rules that will reduce the potential for fraud or misuse of the program while protecting Canada’s international reputation for high-quality education and improving services to genuine students will come into force on June 1, 2014. The new rules will: limit the issuance of study permits to applicants who will be […]

Vancouver one of the world’s top places to study media arts

AUGUST 11, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

It comes as no surprise that Vancouver, known to some as Hollywood North, produces many of the world’s top talents in media arts. As a recent Globe and Mail article reports, Vancouver is home to “over 800 companies in digital film, animation and visual effects, video games, mobile content and applications, and e-learning.” There […]

Dr. Kyra Garson receives George L. Geis Distinguished Dissertation Award

AUGUST 11, 2014     Source: Chantal Moore

SFU’s Faculty of Education, Doctor of Education (EdD) graduate, Dr. Kyra Garson was recognized at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education's (CSSHE) annual meeting as the winner of the 2014 George L. Geis Dissertation Award. Dr. Garson's thesis is entitled, "Are We Graduating Global Citizens? A Mixed Methods Study […]

Exploring Emerging Markets: British Columbia’s Presence in Mongolia

MAY 17, 2014     Source: Erin Campbell

BCCIE along with British Columbia institutions returned home from an exploratory visit to Mongolia this past Fall 2013. The visit corresponded with the 40th anniversary of Diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Canada, the 5th anniversary of the Canadian Embassy presence in Ulaanbaatar and a visit from the Rt. Hon David […]

Interview with Charles Mossop: The Golden Years

MAY 14, 2014     Source: Erin Campbell

Charles Mossop grew up in Britain and Canada and completed his undergraduate and master’s studies as an international student at the University of British Columbia in Cultural Anthropology with a specialization in Asian studies. In 1970 he was employed at Cariboo College (now Thompson Rivers University) where he worked for […]