Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Building a Global Community: A Saskatchewan Approach to International Education

Released on November 1, 2021

The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce a new provincial strategy to global engagement that will support the growth of international students.

The International Education Strategy includes a number of initiatives related to global engagement, capacity building and leadership, to enhance the province's profile over the next five years to attract key international markets and new markets.

"The strategy developed in partnership with the post-secondary sector will assist institutions to attract international students in innovative ways, while meeting commitments outlined in Saskatchewan's Growth Plan," Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky said. "International education is a major contributor to the Saskatchewan economy and this strategy will help position the province as a destination of choice for international students."

Key components of the strategy include:

  • Participating in international missions to support recruitment and branding efforts;
  • Fostering new international partnerships to promote education and research opportunities in both Saskatchewan and abroad;
  • Developing a new International Education Practitioner Program to support a provincial approach on training throughout the sector that will provide students with a consistent experience; and
  • Supporting the growth and sustainability of French post-secondary programs in Saskatchewan through targeted recruitment in key French language markets.

"Saskatchewan's strong network of eight international trade and investment offices will be key to supporting this significant strategy around the world," Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. "Taking Saskatchewan to the world and bringing the world to Saskatchewan helps increase exports and attract investment, and it further positions our province as a leader in international education and research opportunities, creating jobs and driving economic growth in communities right across the province."

In addition, the Saskatchewan Student Ambassador Program will launch in early 2022 to enhance the study abroad experience for students and their families. A 'Discover Saskatchewan' learning opportunity will also be offered to prospective international students, families and agents in the summer of 2022.

To learn more about the strategy, please visit https://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/education-and-learning/post-secondary-international-education-strategy.

This media release was originally published by the Government of Saskatchewan.