In a globalized economy, employers seek students and graduates who possess not only technical skills but who also have international work experience and soft skills. Colleges and institutes not only provide concrete skills development and work-integrated learning opportunities, but also work hard to incorporate international perspectives for all students. Capitalizing on these aspects of college and institute post-secondary education will ensure that Canada remains a key destination for international students, building an innovation-ready workforce for Canada.
Attracting and developing innovators from around the world
The competition for skilled workers and international students is increasing as developed countries deal with the realities of their aging populations. Attracting global talent to Canada is a hugely important component of a thriving immigration system and a global economy. International students make excellent immigrants – they have Canadian credentials, and language and cultural familiarity. Immigrants and international students with their eye on permanent residency and full citizenship look for the training and supports they need to make a successful transition to Canadian society. Colleges and Institutes have become hugely attractive to international students with university educations who are looking for concrete skills and WIL to prepare them for the global workforce.
Developing an innovative workforce with global perspectives
In a globalized economy, employers seek students and graduates who possess not only technical skills but who also have international work experience and soft skills. Colleges and institutes work hard to incorporate international perspectives and opportunities to all students - nearly all have some form of internationalization strategy in place. International academic mobility programs, including those that offer work or research experience in another country, enable Canadian students to develop a global outlook, become global citizens and ultimately contribute to Canada’s productivity.
Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv