The Government of Canada
invests in international educational opportunities for students
Students at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology will have greater
opportunities to study and learn new skills abroad through a new international
student exchange project sponsored by the Government of Canada announced by Joe
Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the
Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.
The exchange will be funded under the federal government's International
Academic Mobility (IAM) Initiative.
"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best-educated, most
skilled and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Preston. "This
project will provide students with international education opportunities that
will help them develop the skills and competencies needed in a competitive
Fanshawe College will receive funding of $25,000 to increase its research and
administrative capacity, build the international skills of its graduates, and
support students learning new skills abroad.
The International Academic Mobility Initiative offers international learning
opportunities by supporting student mobility and academic cooperation projects
in post-secondary institutions in Canada and abroad. This project is funded
under the Special Initiatives Program, one of three programs that make up the
The other two programs are: the Canada-European Union Program for Cooperation in
Higher Education, Training and Youth; and the Program for North American
Mobility in Higher Education.
In today's global economy, post-secondary education creates an advantage for
Canadians. Higher learning is critical to Canada's international
In Budget 2008,
the Government of Canada announced significant changes to ensure that students
and families have access to simple, effective financial assistance programs for
post-secondary education. Beginning in 2008-2009, an additional $800 million per
year will be provided for provinces and territories to strengthen the quality
and competitiveness of Canada's post-secondary education system. This is in
addition to $350M in funding beginning in 2009/10 and growing to $430M in
2012/13 for the new Canada Student Grant Program (CSGP).