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John McCallum, refugees and citizenship minister of Canada recently acknowledged the fact that international students are being cheated by unfair laws and schemes

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November 12, 2016: Refugees and Citizenship Minister of Canada, John McCallum has recently acknowledged the fact that international students are being cheated by unfair laws and schemes of the government, which makes it more difficult for them to attain citizenship. Therefore, he has promised to change things soon.

McCallum also admitted that the international students who were not being treated properly are actually the most promising class of immigrants. McCallum promised that “We’re going to give them more points under express entry and make it easier for them to become permanent residents,” mentioned HT.

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The ceiling for immigrations was kept at 300,000 in 2017 similar to that in 2016. On the other hand, the limit for refugees was lowered and the targets for economic and family unification classes were raised.

India was a priority country in Canada’s education policy in 2014. Universities Canada (the Association of all Universities and Colleges in Canada) played a key role in the International Education Strategy that accentuated the universities’ dedication towards a diverse approach to international education including joint academic programs, research, etc.

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They observed that the emerging economies (India, Brazil, China etc) were building relationships and partnerships with other emerging ones.

Convocation hall, University of Toronto. Wikimedia
Convocation hall, University of Toronto. Wikimedia

Various initiatives are in progress to make the students aware of the country’s high quality of education, diverse and the welcoming environment.

According to the HT report, the number of international students in 2013-14 has doubled since 2004-05, from 66,000 to 124,000.  The population between 2004-2005 and 2013-2014 grew 88% even as the number of Canadian students grew by 22%. The top five individual source countries for Canada in 2013-2014 were China (34.1%), France (7.6%), US (6.2%), India (5.7% and Saudi Arabia (4.5%).

The most popular fields of study among full-time Indian students were: architecture, business, management and public administration (22%), computer and information sciences (12%) mathematics, engineering and related technologies (37%), and physical and life sciences, and technologies (11%).

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Canada has been attracting students for a lot of reasons. The institutions are recognized worldwide for the high quality of education despite the location, size or area of focus at affordable costs.

Accorfing to HT report, even the quality of lifestyle is commendable in Canada. Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary were present in the top five most livable cities in The Economist 2015 list. Although, the weather conditions might be a little difficult to bear as it is really cold in same places. Even the university is a serious issue. Shilpa Isabella, a ‘Banglorean living in Toronto’ responded on Quora saying that the passing grade at her university was 70% while in India it is considered a distinction. She said that regardless of the course we opt for each class will demand a 100% commitment.

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Microsoft Extends Education Push With Acquisition of Flipgrid, a Student Video Discussion Platform

Microsoft buys student video discussion platform Flipgrid

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As part of its attempt to win over students and educators, Microsoft has acquired video discussion platform Flipgrid which is used by more than 20 million teachers and students across the world.

“Thrilled to welcome @Flipgrid to Microsoft!” Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, tweeted on Monday.

“To bring the power of video-based social learning to everyone, we’ll be making Flipgrid free for all educators and offering prorated refunds to everyone who has purchased a subscription from Flipgrid in the last year,” said Eran Megiddo, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President for Education.

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Flipgrid was created with the aim of helping educators recast the role of video in the classroom, from a passive experience to a tool that empowers and amplifies every student’s voice.

“Fans of Flipgrid can rest assured the Flipgrid they know and love, in joining Microsoft, will continue to grow and thrive across the Microsoft, Google and partner ecosystems, all the while retaining its distinct brand, culture and team,” Megiddo added.

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For Microsoft, which is facing increased competition in the classroom from both Apple and Google in recent years, the acquisition of Flipgrid is the latest in its effort to appeal to students and teachers, The Verge reported.

Microsoft has been improving its Office 365 for education offerings, and also overhauling its web versions of Office to be more modern and faster to use for collaboration, the report added. (IANS)