Fri, Oct 28, 2016 | updated 02:07 AM IST

Nova Scotia, Canada initiates study, stay program for Indian students

Updated: Sep 29, 2016 11:41 IST

New Delhi [India], Sep 29 (ANI): Nova Scotia, Canada has launched a new pilot program to help recruit and retain international post-secondary students from key markets that includes India.

Indian students are opting international study programs and students from Pune have been going to Canada for higher studies. Canada has always been a great study destination for Indian Students, Nova Scotia Study and Stay program is an endeavor to make international studies more favorable for Indian students. Students interested in pursuing university, college or post-graduate are eligible to apply for the high studies.

Study and stay is one of the first initiatives from the province's innovation team, which includes representatives from government, post-secondary institutions, students, and the private sector that will make recommendations in key areas like student recruitment and retention, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship.

The pilot is managed by EduNova, a co-operative industry association of education and training providers in Nova Scotia, and a leader in collaborative international recruitment activities.

It will recruit 50 international students from China, India and the Philippines who will start their studies at Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions in September 2017.

Michael Hennigar, International Student Recruitment Officer, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, who is in India to promote the Study and Stay programme on behalf of Nova Scotia Universities, said, "Students will receive customized supports and mentoring throughout their studies and after graduation to help them launch their careers in Nova Scotia."

The province will invest USD 549,500 in the pilot program. Funds will help cover recruitment travel, events and materials, and supports for students.

Students who successfully gain entry to the Study and Stay Program will travel to Canada to pursue their University or College studies in September of 2017. Students will be provided with enhanced support throughout their studies in Nova Scotia to ensure each student gains the education, tools, and community connections needed to launch a successful career and fulfilling life in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Study and Stay is a comprehensive international student support and career transition program focused on specific tasks that include: employment-related events, activities, workshops, and a career mentorship and experiential workplace learning component. Participants will be supported as they transition from 'student' to 'professional' over the course of their studies, benefiting from this unique program. (ANI)