The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By UTSAV GUPTA Staff Writer Niagara College has a new record having enrolled nearly 2,000 international students for full-time studies this year. As of the 10th day of the term, that enrolment rose to 1,852, nearly an 18 per cent increase from the previous year’s 1,570. Sean Coote, international student director, says, “We are very pleased to see an increase in international student enrolment this fall. The increase is a result of a tremendous amount of work from our marketing, recruitment, admissions and service teams.” On the continuous year-by-year increase, he adds, “Niagara College has built a strong brand reputation around the world and we continue to offer programs that are very attractive to international students.” Along with the international enrolment hike, the college’s total student enrolment rose to 9,353, an increase of 1.2 per cent from the prior year’s 9,331. All the efforts, however, weren’t enough to boost the count on domestic student enrolment as those numbers fell to 7,501 from 7,666, a two per cent decrease. Susan McConnell, the college’s media relations adviser, says, “Niagara College has many popular programs – our food, wine and beer programs benefit from strong national reputations, our advanced technology, applied health and media programs benefit from unique learning environments. “Leading-edge equipment and our business programs benefit from a strong focus on entrepreneurship.” On the department’s future plans, Coote says, “We will continue to expand our international marketing and recruitment in an effort to achieve our enrolment targets. These endeavours, combined with our reputation for student success, will certainly support our enrolments in future terms.” Dhruvansh Kikani, an international student in the Motive Power Technician- Automotive program, says, “Niagara College’s way of teaching is more practical rather than theoretical, which gives good exposure for my future prospects. All the equipment and services provided to us really add to the experience in learning.” Although the college has seen a rise in international student applications, some of the students found it difficult and competitive to gain admission. “You’ve to compete with so many people to reach here. But, when you are here, you get to see diverse cultures with students from all around the world learning under the same roof,” says Sandeep Kaur, a student in the Palliative Care program. “It is a good opportunity to learn about different cultures, which makes a person more social and see the world from a different perspective.” Acknowledging the competitiveness, Coote says, “Many of our programs have limited seats; so international students need to apply early for their best chance of getting admitted.”