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September 13, 2012

) Camosun Vice President of Education John Boraas, Camosun President Kathryn Laurin, TELUS Victoria Community Board Chair Mel Cooper and Senior Community Investment Manager Gina Pecorelli.

(l-r) Vicky (China), Insu (Korea), Brendan (Victoria—Camosun recruitment officer), Saori (Japan) and Manuela (Germany—Camosun International employee)

Camosun College has recorded its largest ever intake of international students this September, with a 27% increase over this time last year. As of September 12, Camosun had enrolled more than 578 international students from 53 countries—an increase of more than 120 students since September 2011.

Geoff Wilmshurst, Director of Camosun International, attributes this dramatic increase to a sustained presence in the key markets including China, India, Brazil, Mexico and Southeast Asia. As well, Camosun has seen a significant increase in the number of international students coming from the south Vancouver Island school districts. "We introduced some key innovations to make Camosun more accessible to international students and more competitive globally," says Wilmshurst. "By increasing the number of program spaces and implementing a 72-hour application turnaround time, for example, we are much more responsive in what is an incredibly competitive international student recruitment marketplace."

"This enrollment spike reflects a concerted team effort at Camosun, with all parts of the college working together to achieve this result," says college president Kathryn Laurin. "A truly multi-cultural campus has a beneficial impact on the whole college that we understand, foster and embrace," says Laurin.

International students also bring a significant economic benefit to the local economy. Tom Roemer, VP for Strategic Development estimates that each international student contributes $30,000 annually to the local economy for a total of more than $17 million. Roemer points out that Camosun increased the number of ESL sections, allowing Camosun to re-hire four previously laid-off instructors and to shorten the domestic student waitlist for those courses. "International students make it possible for us to expand domestic student capacity at a time when we face serious fiscal pressures," said Roemer.

Camosun has aggressive international student recruitment targets that are in line with the BC Provincial Government's goal to increase international student numbers by 50% over the next four years. "Our expectation is that we will continue on an international student growth track that will see upwards of 700 international students at Camosun in September 2013." said Wilmshurst. "We intend to continue focusing on our key student recruitment markets while opening new markets in Russia and Eastern Europe in the coming year."


Geoff Wilmshurst
Director, Camosun International

About Camosun International

Camosun has been a leader in the field of international education since 1983. We host international visitors from around the world and we send students to a growing number of exchange programs and field schools overseas. We provide leadership to educational projects around the world and are active in delivering customized training and consulting services. We work closely with the schools and departments of the college to contribute to the internationalization of our students, our college and our community.

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About Camosun

From accountants to welders, professional chefs to nurses and software engineers, Camosun College helps transform lives to build a better future.

Camosun College has two campuses and serves approximately 20,000 learners a year in certificate, diploma, bachelor's degree and continuing education programs. Each year Camosun welcomes over 1,000 Aboriginal students from 50 Nations including Métis and Inuit groups, and over 550 International students from 53 different countries.

Camosun facts

  • 20,000 learners annually
  • 1,000 Aboriginal students from over 50 nations
  • 570 International students from 53 countries
  • 160+ certificate, diploma and bachelor's degree programs
  • 1,000 employees
  • $100 million annual budget
  • $816 million economic impact per year
  • 94% of recent graduates satisfied/very satisfied with their education
  • 87% of graduates live and work in our region
  • 97% of graduates live and work in BC

Last updated: September 4, 2018 2:12 pm

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