A large gathering of ambitious youth attended the 9th annual Edu-Canada MENA Tour 2014, held at the Marina Hotel, Salmiya on Wednesday, 5 November. The event was an invaluable forum that revealed to students in Kuwait the tremendous opportunities for studying in Canada.
The Embassy of Canada in Kuwait, which organizes this exhibition every year, invited many premier universities and colleges from Canada to set up booths at this year’s event.
The Chargé D’affaires at the Embassy of Canada in Kuwait , Tammy Ames and Fahed Al Nasser, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Kuwait in Canada, cut the ribbon at the grand opening.
The top colleges participating in the tour included renowned institutions of learning like Algonquin College, Carleton University, Columbia College, Dalhousie University, George Brown College, Seneca College, St. John’s International School and University of Alberta.
Representatives from the institutions offered to discuss a wide range of subject fields and levels of study, including A-levels, foundation courses, English Language courses, career-based diplomas, first-degree and postgraduate degree courses. Through discussions with the educational representatives, the students received critical guidance for planning their future studies.
Anuraj Bajwa, Associate Director, representing George Brown College, touched on the unique programs that have drawn in students - fashion, design and game development - very exclusive programs that were not offered by many other colleges or universities present. “This is George Brown College’s first time here, and we have seen a lot of interest for our game development program. This is a new upcoming program that many students have expressed a desire to join; usually the most chosen fields are engineering and law studies.”
The youngsters had many queries, especially concerning accommodations, the fee structure and extracurricular activities. They were the kind of motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking students that the colleges and universities were hoping to enrol. Mr. Bajwa believes that students from Kuwait can greatly contribute to the college diversity in a big way. Their presence would enrich all aspects of the learning experience for not only the Canadian students but also the faculty.
Tammy Ames, Counsellor (Commercial) said that there are many students from Kuwait who are excited about the opportunity to study abroad. Canada has a very competitive education system that is developed with the best facilities. The curriculum of all colleges and universities is on par with industry and international standards, and students gain hands-on work exposure that prepares them for their future career.
Speaking about a former Kuwaiti student who studied at the Calgary University and lived in Canada for 10 years, she said that his experience has been wholly positive. His sentiments were echoed by quite a few alumni who had graduated from Canadian universities.
When asked about what she gained from meeting people at the fair, Chloe Fernandez said, “You gain a lot studying there as they have a well rounded education and a positive work environment.” Moreover, the qualifications are world recognized, so graduates find that their meritorious performance earn them the positions they have worked hard for.