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Through a new plan, international students will be trained as ‘ambassadors’ for Saskatchewan

Key Takeaways:

  • The Saskatchewan government announced the launch of a new programme on Monday that will provide specialised training for international students and students studying abroad to become provincial ambassadors.
  • The Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship is one of the resources available to students.

The Government of Saskatchewan announced Monday the launch of a new program to provide international students and students studying abroad with specialized training to become provincial ambassadors.

The Saskatchewan Student Ambassador program is part of the New International Education Strategy, which Advanced Education Minister Gene Makowsky says can help students gain experience to help the province grow economically.

“The [program] supports Saskatchewan’s Growth Plan by enhancing the province’s global brand by connecting students to international opportunities as well as providing global experiences to the next generation of students,” he said.

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The student ambassadors will work to promote Saskatchewan as a top study and live destination. The program will also assist Saskatchewan’s post-secondary institutions in forming international partnerships to expand student exchange opportunities.

According to Makowsky, Saskatchewan has around 8,000 international students, accounting for about 3% of all Canadian students. He thinks there is room for expansion, and the ambassador program will aid in attracting and retaining students.

This spring, students can begin applying for the program.

A new programme will train international students to become Saskatchewan's 'ambassadors.'
A new programme will train international students to become Saskatchewan’s ‘ambassadors.’ Image from ApplyBoard

According to Livia Castellanos, the application process and criteria differ at each post-secondary institution, the executive lead for the ministry’s International Education and Jurisdictional Initiatives.

Students will learn about Saskatchewan’s economic advantages, research opportunities, as well as immigration and settlement policies as part of the curriculum.

“Our objective is for our students to go abroad and become true ambassadors for the province by learning specific details about our province that may be unknown to the general public,” Castellanos said.

Students will have access to various resources, including the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship. Students curious about participating in the program must apply through their post-secondary institution.

Source: CTV News

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