New Delhi, Aug 25 : Fifteen of Canada's elite universities are in India to hold information sessions on Canada as a destination for higher education.
The delegation is led by Michelle Beaton of Ryerson University, Toronto, and assisted by Ginette Sanfa§on of McGill University. The delegation will be in India from August 18-28.
The sessions are being organized by the Canadian Higher Education Committee under the aegis of Council of International Schools (CIS) and have been held in Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi. It is Council's fourth consecutive tour to India.
The tour is of special interest to Standard XI and Standard XII students who exhibit strong academic standing, as well as to their parents. The schedule includes school visits, information fairs, and an in-depth Canadian university admission workshop for guidance counselors.
"India is a key undergraduate student market for Canadian universities," said Michelle Beaton of Ryerson University, and Tour Director.
"Indian students are sought for their academic strengths and their rich contributions 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," she said.
"Indian students are drawn to our universities' common attributes of international reputations for academic excellence, state of the art resources, and safe campuses in welcoming locations," Beaton added.
Each year, tour organizers work to strengthen existing relationships with secondary schools in the city they visit, and also expand outreach to new regions.
The 2007 tour included an information program in Dehra Dun, and there are discussions about the inclusion of Chandigarh as a destination in the 2009 tour itinerary.