Re: "Foreign students a benefit," column, Sept. 13, 2013 The Minister of Advanced Education is right. We depend on international students to subsidize our universities and colleges, and to provide international connections for B.C. students. But now the minister and the premier are getting greedy. They've decided to press our colleges and universities to take 50 per cent more international students.
When I asked whether the minister had a plan to make sure we have space and services to ensure these new students and our domestic students have a positive experience, he told me that he didn't need a plan: "We all recognize that all of our institutions, whether they be gyms or facilities, are certainly empty at certain portions of the day ... It's common knowledge that the layperson sees and hears and feels." I've been touring all of B.C.'s public universities and colleges, and I challenge the Minister to give that answer to students at
UBC Okanagan, SFU, Vancouver Island University and many other schools, where students face scarce and unfunded study space or inadequate residence spaces.
We can't play games with our education system's international reputation; the costs are too high, and the damage done could be permanent.
NDP Advanced Education
MLA, Vancouver-Point Grey
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