India is world’s second largest country to send students abroad: Maria Mathai
Spring Daleans gain fresh insights into advances in admission criteria in foreign universities
India is the world’s second largest country to send students abroad for higher education, subsequent only to China, which bags the first place considering the large number of students it sendsabroad annually. Meanwhile, Canada continues to be a favourite study destination among students aspiring tostudy abroad.
Ms Maria Mathai, Advisor to the President, University of Alberta, and former Director, Canadian Education Centre (CEC), India, stated this while addressing students in an interactive session held at Spring Dale Senior School.
Substantiating her statement with figures, Ms Mathai said that while China had sent 7.5 lakh students abroadlast year, India’s tally stood at 3.5 lakhs with possibilities of further increase in the years to come. She added that in view of the overwhelming response of the Indian and Chinese students, the universities abroad were upgrading their admission criteria, giving preference to video CVs and electronic interviews.
“Last year 40,000 aspirants submitted video interviews for admission to various foreign universities. Besides the regular application forms, the universities are also giving preference to video CVs and interviews,” Ms Mathai said. She maintained that not only did the video CVs and interviews grant import to the students’ applications for admission to various universities abroad, but also enhanced the prospects of the promising ones of being noticed and selected.
Ms Mathai further said that considering factors such as affordability and acclimatization, Canada was a betterstudy destination for students as compared to US and Australia, where higher education comes at a high price, which beyond the reach of an average Indian. “Besides this, teaching facilities are much better in Canada as compared to US and Australia,” she said.
Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the session afforded the students with the opportunity to understand the changes in the procedures involved in securing admission to foreign universities. “Over the years, a large number of students from Spring Dales have made it to the top universities of the world abroad and a majority of them were well-settled in life,” he said.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, Managing Trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that studying abroad is the latest in the trends governing academics in India these days. “It is very important to understand the changes taking place in the criteria for admission to foreign universities if one aspires to pursue a course in one of these. The session with Ms Mathai granted them valuable insights into the same,” they said.
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