Indian students have always formed the bulk of foreign students studying in the overseas universities in countries such as US, Canada and United Kingdom. And, in recent years the Canadian universities have thrown open their doors for more Indian students.
Every year they are inviting more Indian students to their universities for various programs. Meanwhile, a large number of Canadian students have moved in the opposite direction through various student exchange programs.
According to statistics after China, Indian holds the second position for number of students that migrate every year to Canada for the educational purposes. Over the last four years the number of foreign students have increased by whooping 50% with around 13,000 Indian students migrating to Canada.
In a recent presentation at the 2013 ICEF North America Workshop in Toronto CIC stated, the number of former students choosing to immigrate is increasing and accepted the growing importance of post-graduation employment.
Growth is driven by demand; there are no international student quotas.
According to reports, Canadian educational institutions have signed over 400 MoUs with Indian universities and institutions. The aim is to further increase countries revenue from education sector which currently stands at $6 Billion.
Meanwhile, Canada's governor general David Johnston who is on India's tour urged the two countries to further their educational collobration for the mutual benefit.
"India tends to simplify things and produce innovations that are cost-effective. Creating a strong innovation culture requires us to communicate and work together closely," Johnston said in a speech on 'Driving Economic Growth Through Innovation' at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B).