Top Canadian Universities to tour Sri Lanka to Promote Canadian Education

Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 19, 2015 – Eight of Canada’s leading universities are visiting Sri Lanka from August 30th to September 1st, 2015 to meet with top students and showcase Canada as a destination of choice for higher education. This will mark the Council of International Schools (CIS) Canadian University Tour’s first visit to Sri Lanka during which the group will meet with schools in Colombo.

The High Commission is pleased to host the CIS tour and contribute to raising awareness within Sri Lanka of the high quality education available to international students in Canada.

“Sri Lanka is emerging as an important source of talented undergraduate students,” said Marc Bavin of The University of British Columbia and CIS Tour Director. “Students coming from Sri Lanka are sought for their academic strength and the unique perspectives and relationships they bring to Canadian university campuses and the broader community. Each year we are seeing more students choosing Canada as their first choice for study. Students from Sri Lanka are drawn to Canada’s flexible work experience options and our universities’ international reputation for academic excellence, state-of-the-art resources, and safe campuses in welcoming locations,” Bavin said.

The tour is of special interest to academically strong students of Sri Lankan national and international curricula who are considering study abroad options, as well as to school guidance counselors and parents.

The universities participating in this year’s tour are: The University of British Columbia, Carleton University, Concordia University, University of Guelph, McGill University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, York University.

Canadian universities are globally engaged leaders in education through teaching, research and partnerships.  Undergraduate education in Canada is a hybrid of US and UK styles offering breadth of program options, flexibility in choice and a degree that is recognized worldwide.

Students from Sri Lanka choose Canada for a strong education and a positive international experience that provides the foundation for their exciting and successful futures. The quality, affordability and renowned research opportunities are key factors in this decision. University campuses across Canada offer multicultural environments, beautiful spaces and friendly people. Canada’s education system cultivates graduates who are leaders in business, politics, the arts, science and technology.

Council of International Schools Backgrounder - The Council of International Schools (CIS) is a non-profit, international educational organization that facilitates links between institutions of higher education and secondary schools to increase their visibility with school leavers and the school guidance community.  The 30+ CIS Canadian higher education member universities’ interests are supported through the efforts of the eight-person team of member volunteers that comprise the Canadian Higher Education Committee (CHEC). The Committee's goal is to facilitate the exchange of information about Canadian higher education between international schools and the CIS Canadian higher education membership through various activities such as recruitment tours, like the 2015 South Asia tour. This year’s tour is led by Marc Bavin of The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver and Michelle Beaton of the University of Toronto.

Trade Commissioner Service Backgrounder - The visit of the Council of International schools to Sri Lanka is facilitated and supported by the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of the Canadian High Commission in Sri Lanka. The TCS is the Canadian government’s network of Trade professionals that promotes Canadian goods and services, facilitates innovation and R&D, as well as builds networks between Sri Lanka and Canada.

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Further information regarding the CIS tour can be obtained from:
Marc Bavin
Tour Director
The University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, British Colombia
Tel: +1.604.827.2744
E-mail: marc.bavin@ubc.ca

Further information on the TCS, or the High Commission of Canada, can be obtained from:
Indirani Jayawardena
Political Officer
High Commission of Canada
33A, 5th Lane, Colombo 3
Tel: 522 6232  Ext: 3352,
E-mail: indirani.jayawardena@international.gc.ca