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Canadian Bureau for International Education Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons Pre Budget Consultations 2012 November 19, 2012 3:30 5:00 pm Presenter: Dr. Scott McAlpine, President, Douglas College

Good Afternoon. I thank you for taking the time to hear from me today. I am Scott McAlpine and I am pleased to be here on behalf of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), of which I am a Board Member.

I am also President of Douglas College, which is a longstanding member of CBIE.

Douglas College has two campuses in Metro Vancouver, and offers baccalaureate degrees, as well as university transfer, diploma and certificate programs.

There are 1,000 international students currently studying at Douglas College.

CBIE is Canada’s national membership organization dedicated to international education. CBIE comprises 150 member institutions across Canada, covering the education spectrum from K to 12 through to post graduate.

CBIE is committed to making Canada a global leader in international education.

Canadian Bureau for International Education Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons Pre Budget Consultations 2012 November 19, 2012 3:30 5:00 pm Presenter: Dr. Scott McAlpine, President, Douglas College

CBIE plays a leadership role in the Canadian Consortium for International Education Marketing, which has unified and coordinated the sector, ensuring we are well positioned to play a leadership role in partnership with the Government, in order to ensure strong return on our investments.

CBIE provided a written online submission to this Committee in August. We concluded:

CBIE recommends that the Government provide substantial, sustained investment for a comprehensive international education strategy , delivered in partnership with key stakeholders, in order to achieve concrete results based on ambitious targets for international student enrolment and study abroad by Canadians.

The points I want to amplify here today are that Canada is well positioned to take a leadership role in International Education AND that this will require a substantial, sustained investment. The

Canadian Bureau for International Education Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons Pre Budget Consultations 2012 November 19, 2012 3:30 5:00 pm Presenter: Dr. Scott McAlpine, President, Douglas College

benefits of this investment are for our economy and for our students – our youth and the future leaders of tomorrow.

CBIE’s recommendation was bolstered by the report of the Advisory Panel on Canada’s International Education Strategy. The Panel was appointed by the Hon. Jim Flaherty, the Hon. Ed Fast.

CBIE fully supports all of the Panel’s recommendations that together are designed to make Canada a 21 st century leader in International Education.

What kind of leader can Canada be?

The Panel clearly integrating the messages provided by CBIE and the Consortium aims to position Canada not only to attract top talent from abroad but to prepare our citizens for a global society and marketplace. In other words, they aim to position Canada to develop the labour force that can ensure our country’s prosperity in the short term and into the future.

Canada needs to invest more. To give this some perspective, in 2010, Canada enrolled about 5% of the world’s internationally mobile students, putting us in seventh position. Australia, a country of similar size, received 7% of the international student market.

Canadian Bureau for International Education Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons Pre Budget Consultations 2012 November 19, 2012 3:30 5:00 pm Presenter: Dr. Scott McAlpine, President, Douglas College

To concretize some of the benefits of international education for Canada and all Canadians, consider the following:

In 2010 international students in Canada spent more than $7.7 billion all in.

Education services are now Canada’s 11th largest export, our single largest export to China.

In BC, international education is the 4th largest export and moving quickly to 3rd.

Moreover, international education is witnessing worldwide expansion.

The OECD estimates that the global demand is set to grow from nearly 4.1 million students in 2010 to 7.2 million in 2025.

We need to tap into this large and expanding resource .

And what about Canadians students?

Providing Canadian students with international opportunities allows them to acquire global perspectives and contribute to what Governor General David Johnston has termed the “diplomacy of knowledge”.

Canadian Bureau for International Education Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons Pre Budget Consultations 2012 November 19, 2012 3:30 5:00 pm Presenter: Dr. Scott McAlpine, President, Douglas College

The Governor General is also CBIE’s Patron and just last week helped us launch our Blog, Without Borders.

At present, only 3% of Canadian university students and 1.1% of college students participate in exchange programs.

Compare this to Germany, where 33% of university students participate in exchanges.

Just this month, the Australian government announced $38.5 million for its Asia Bound Grant Program for 10,000 students.

In 2011 Brazil announced its Science without Borders Program for 100,000 scholarships.

Let’s talk targets for Canada

The Panel Report sets a target of doubling the number of international students in Canada by 2022, to 450,000 students. It also recommends the creation of an International Mobility Program to serve 50,000 Canadian students by 2022.

The Panel urged that a competitive scholarship environment is required to send and receive top talent.

Canadian Bureau for International Education Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance of the House of Commons Pre Budget Consultations 2012 November 19, 2012 3:30 5:00 pm Presenter: Dr. Scott McAlpine, President, Douglas College

CBIE urges the Committee to consider at minimum a ramp up from the current $5M per annum investment by the Federal Government to $25M within the next three years, with a significant amount of this total dedicated toward enhancing our current scholarship offer, and build momentum for providing international experience for Canadian students.

To give our efforts sustained structure, CBIE urges the Committee to support the Panel’s recommendation of a Council for International Education and Research .

o It is essential that the education sector, through the Consortium, play an integral role on this Council.

In short, CBIE urges this Committee to take forward our message and support the recommendations that will permit us to realize this potential as a global leader in international education.

I thank the Committee for its time today, and would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.