Ontario considering funding for foreign graduate students
Ontario is considering funding spots for graduate students from abroad, bowing to pressure from universities that say their global competitiveness is harmed because they have to turn away qualified foreign applicants due to lack of money.
Universities and the ministry responsible for higher eduction have had conversations, and the issue is on the table in talks between the two groups this month. The government says it recognizes the importance of international students for the province and it will implement policies that protect Ontario’s “global reputation.” The issue is difficult politically for the Liberals, because one of their last attempts to deal with it led to accusations from the opposition that then-premier Dalton McGuinty was “out of touch” with voters.
I thought the purpose of publicly funded universities was to educate, you know, Canadians, silly me.