King's University College, an affiliate institute of the University of Western Ontario in London located in Ontario targets Indian students as more than 35% of the students holding Canada study permits are Indians.
The President of King's University College, Dr. David C. Malloy, and the Director of Enrollment Services, Dr. Tracy Cunningham appeared for an interview with Free Press Journal and spoke on the opportunities for Indian students in Canada, fake applications, scholarships, ChatGPT, etc.
Currently, the university has 36 students from India which they target to increase by 10 every year. To achieve this aim, they would be putting efforts to increase their presence in the country, hold conversations with students and explain to them the benefits of studying in Canada.
When asked about the popular courses in the university, Tracy pointed out that for the last 15-20 years, the business has been a popular programme. They also provide specialization programmes in Human Resources, Accounting, Finance and International Business. Students have also displayed increased interest in pursuing psychology as a course.
Amazon and Volkswagen have open shops in London which is only two hours from Toronto. To empower students to get jobs, the university provides free tuition for a year in different courses to make their job ready for the market. This is done in special situations if the students fail to be meaningfully employed.
Tracy pointed out that there are more than 4,000 jobs available in various professional positions in London which are good for graduates willing to apply for Canada PR later.
However, most internship opportunities are focused towards business programmes, still important is being to arts and social science courses since these didn't yield opportunities before but now students can explore these zones too.
King's University College offers scholarships worth CAD 26,000 so Indian students can avail of CAD 6,500 per year over a period of four years. Students pursuing sociology, psychology, economics, etc are awarded CAD 32,000 which is CAD 8,000 every year. Though programmes are costly, they are making every attempt to make them accessible for Indian students.
Students are even eligible to apply for other awards based on academic averages so that there is around CAD 2,000 to CAD 5,000 added in the first year with different values added in years 2,3 and 4.
Tracy advises students to work with reputed agents to study in the college or if they are directly communicating with the university then they communicate with the admission team to get assured of the validity of the courses. They are also willing to conduct Zoom calls to get any form of verification done.
They also believe that it is possible to have a permanent presence in India through infrastructure in an Indian university. The potential for partnership will increase if the partners co-opt both STEM courses and liberal arts courses.
Sharing their thoughts on ChatGPT, they said that it is not wise to ban it. They must use it to their advantage. Though a certain functionality might be lost, they may gain also through the AI tool.
Tracy shares some tips for Indian students applying to Canadian colleges in which she points out that being open-minded to several courses is important.
David clears the misconception that STEM courses will help students land a job. Data in Canada shows that liberal arts courses help to build soft skills such as creativity, critical thinking, digital thinking and analytical thinking that are important for employers.
To tackle the housing crisis, the university has acquired some spaces. Half of the students stay on campus and others look for accommodations outside.
Source: Free Press Journal
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