The delegation is led by Ginette SanfaÇon of HEC Montreal (Business school affiliated with the Universite de Montreal) and Michelle Beaton of Ryerson University in Toronto.
The tour is organized by the Canadian Higher Education Committee under the aegis of the Council of International Schools (CIS).
The Council's fifth annual tour to India will begin in Mumbai and continue in Pune, Delhi and Bangalore.
According to a Canadian High Commission press release, the tour is of special interest to Standard XI and Standard XII students who exhibit strong academic standing, their school guidance counselors as well as to their parents. The schedule includes school visits, information fairs, and an indepth Canadian university admission workshop for guidance counselors.
"India is a key undergraduate student market for Canadian universities," said Ginette SanfaÇon of HEC-Montreal and Tour Director. "Indian students are sought for their academic strength and their rich contribution to student life on Canadian university campuses. In turn, increasing numbers of Indian students are making Canada their first choice for study - as evidenced on this tour.
Indian students are drawn to our universities' common attributes of international reputation for academic excellence, state of the art resources, and safe campuses in welcoming locations," SanfaÇon said.
Each year, tour organizers strengthen existing relationships with secondary schools in cities they visit and also expand outreach to new regions. For example, guidance counselors from schools in Dehra Dun, Hyderabad, Chennai and Chandigarh as well as Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are receiving invitations to attend the Tour's counselor workshop in Delhi.
List of participating universities:
- The University of British Columbia
- Carleton University; Dalhousie University
- HEC MONTRÉAL (Business School affiliated with Universite de Montreal)
- Memorial University of Newfoundland
- University of Manitoba
- University of New Brunswick
- Ryerson University
- University of Saskatchewan
- University of Toronto
- Vancouver Island University
- University of Waterloo
- York University
Canadian universities are engaged internationally as leaders in education through teaching, research and partnerships. Undergraduate education in Canada is a hybrid of US and UK styles offering breadth of program options, flexibility in choice and a degree that is ultimately recognized world-wide.
Indian students prefer Canada for the ambience, research facilities, prospects and quality of education.