Douglas Todd: Warnings of today’s foreign-student exploitation began a decade ago
North America’s foreign-student system is no longer a humanitarian endeavour to lift up the planet’s best and brightest, and support the developing world.
That’s what the West’s leading experts in international education told me 10 years ago.
They were describing how governments and post-secondary institutions were adopting an increasingly cynical attitude toward foreign students.
Philip Altbach, Hanneke Teekens and Jane Knight were ahead of their time in lamenting how international education was turning into a “cash cow” for public and private universities and colleges in the U.S. and especially Canada, where there are at least eight times more foreign students per capita than in the U.S.
While the concept of international education continues to have upsides, it’s now becoming obvious to many in Canada that the foreign-student system is creating hard times, especially for students from abroad. Even the Liberal government, long in denial, is starting to admit it.