Friday, July 9, 2010

Higher Education in Canada

Canada offers a wide choice for international students including more than 89 universities, nearly 175 community colleges and several other technical and vocational institutions. With a large choice of graduate and under graduate degree programs, the faculty in Canada can be compared to the best in the world.

Universities in Canada range from urban colleges, to multi campus and research focussed universities to smaller campuses each offering specialised education in fields as diverse as business and agriculture!

Being a bilingual country, Canada’s medium of education is English as well as French.
Universities take an active role in community enhancing activities and students conduct concerts and plays regularly.

Being a highly academic country nearly 25% of Canada’s research happens in universities and students are encouraged to indulge in research projects. Canada has given the world several innovative contributions including Insulin (treatment for diabetes), Pablum, the artificial pacemaker, improved strains of wheat, and the identification of the genetic causes of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease. Canadian researchers are world leaders in areas such as helping people cope with pain and stress, improving human memory, pulp and paper chemistry, dealing with the impact of technology in the workplace, and finding new treatments for cancer, osteoporosis and arthritis.

There are currently 500,000 full-time undergraduates at Canadian universities, 200,000 part-time
undergraduates, 75,000 full-time and 40,000 part-time graduate students. Social sciences remain by far the largest field of study in Canada, followed by education and the humanities. Biochemistry and computer science have been among the fastest growing disciplines at the bachelor's level in the last five years, closely followed by nursing, sociology and psychology.

Several universities support students with special needs, including single parents, women,
physical/sensory/ learning disability students, aboriginal students and even part time students. Some universities offer for-credit courses aimed at integrating students to university life and studies. Many universities provide such assistance on an on-going basis throughout the academic year, with workshops in areas such as essay and exam writing, study and research skills.


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