Twelve of Canada’s elite universities are coming to Kuwait, to hold an information session on Canada as a destination for higher education on Monday, 9 February 2015, at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Kuwait City from 7pm to 9:30pm.
The delegation is led by Daralyn Auld of Trent University, and assisted by Jennifer Peterman of McGill University. The group’s visit to Kuwait is part of a larger initiative which will take them to Jordan, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates. The tour is being organized by the Canadian Higher Education Committee under the aegis of Council of International Schools (CIS). It is Council’s twelfth consecutive Canadian tour to visit Kuwait.
The tour is of special interest to senior secondary students who exhibit strong academic standing, as well as to their parents. The schedule includes school visits, information sessions, and opportunities to interact with school guidance counsellors.
“The Middle East is a key destination for undergraduate student recruitment for Canadian universities,” said Tour Director Ms. Auld of Trent University. “Students from Kuwait and the broader region are sought for their academic strengths and their rich contributions to student life on Canadian university campuses. In turn, increasing numbers of students from the region are making Canada their first choice for study. Kuwaiti students are drawn to our universities’ common attributes of international reputations for academic excellence, opportunities for experiential learning, state of the art resources, and safe, culturally diverse, friendly campuses. Canada’s study permit policies allow students to gain relevant work experience during and after their studies,” said Ms. Auld.
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 2015 tour includes visits to nearly 40 schools in six cities, public outreach events in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and a counsellor workshop in Dubai. The tour is particularly proud to acknowledge the strong support of the Canadian Embassy colleagues in the region. Ambassador of Canada to Kuwait H.E. Martine Moreau, will be joining the event to welcome students.Staff from the local Visa Application Centre (VAC) will be on hand to help answer questions about applying for a study permit.
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 recognized world-wide.
Students choose Canada because a strong education and a positive international experience is the foundation for their exciting and successful futures. The quality, affordability, and research opportunities are key factors in this decision. University campuses across Canada offer multicultural environments, beautiful spaces and friendly people. As a leader in business, finance, political diplomacy, arts and culture and technology – Canada’s education system is at the core of its success and its graduates are players on the world stage.
Council of International Schools (CIS) Background
CIS Tours are a vehicle for Canada’s leading universities to recruit high-quality undergraduate students. The Council of International Schools is a non-profit, international educational organization that facilitates links between institutions of higher education and secondary schools to increase their visibility with school leavers and the school guidance community.
The 40+ CIS Canadian higher education member universities’ interests are supported through the efforts of the nine-person team of member volunteers that comprise the Canadian Higher Education Committee (CHEC). The Committee's goal is to facilitate the exchange of information about Canadian higher education between international schools and the CIS Canadian higher education membership through various activities such as recruitment tours like the 2015 CIS Canadian University Tour to the Middle East.
Universities represented by the 2015 CIS Canadian University Tour to the Middle East will be:
University of Calgary
University of Guelph
University of New Brunswick
Saint Mary's University