Deal made for further exchanges with India

Partnership likely to bring more Indian students to campus, particularly into tourism

Indian students already make up approximately 20 per cent of international students, according to TRU. (Jared MacArthur/The Omega)

Indian students already make up approximately 20 per cent of international students, according to TRU. (Jared MacArthur/The Omega)

New international exchange agreements between TRU and two major universities in India are set to bring more Tourism Management and Computer Science students to the Kamloops campus.

I.K. Gujral Punjab Technical University and Chandigarh University are both prominent institutions in India that offer instruction in English.

The computer sciences faculty in India has a similar goal for internationalization to TRU, which was a deciding factor in making the agreement, according to Baihua Chadwick, associate vice-president international and CEO of TRU World.

The agreement signed for a Tourism Management program exchange was in large part thanks to a partner in the tourism industry here in Kamloops, Chadwick said.

Students from India will be able to complete their tourism programs here and will potentially provide an opportunity for permanent job placement.

India in particular brings a lot to the table in terms of opportunities in these partnerships and future agreements, with its growing economy and huge “education-age population,” Chadwick said.

TRU currently receives most of its international students from China; 31 per cent of international students on campus are Chinese. TRU may be seeing more agreements like these happening with universities in India, Mexico and Russia, Chadwick said.

The signing of these agreements will add to the diversification of the student body, which is an important part of internationalization, Chadwick said.

Revenue is a factor in pursuing these long-term agreements; the average cost of tuition for an international student is $16,936, but revenue is only one of many benefits, Chadwick said.

The agreement also creates possible cooperative research opportunities between TRU faculty and the partnering universities’ faculties.

TRU already has 2,635 international students on campus according to the facts and figures section of TRU’s website.

The new agreements will increase the opportunities for international study at TRU, which are already a point of attraction for new students, said Tatiana Gilbert, a Study Abroad ambassador.

Gilbert said she has received a lot of positive feedback and interest in studying abroad from students when giving presentations about Study Abroad opportunities.