At present, around three hundred thousand international students are studying in the Canadian Universities. Good news is that Canada wants to double the number of its international students. The Canadian government estimated that recruiting more international students can generate more new jobs in Canada and will add an additional 10 billion dollar to the domestic economy each year.
All of the Canadian Universities maintained a very high standard of education. As a result, international students became more interested to go to Canada for their higher education. At present, Canada has 98 well reputed public Universities. Three Canadian universities (University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and McGill University) are very famous in the world and always been ranked in the list of the best 100 universities in the world prepared by the Times Higher Education.
Following 10 Canadian Universities are famous and many international students are studying here: (1) University of New Brunswick (2) University of Alberta (3) University of Calgary (4) Simon Fraser University (5) University of Western Ontario (6) University of Ottawa (7) University of Dalhousie (8) University of Victoria(9) University of Saskatchewan (10) University of Manitoba.
Canadian Universities require IELTS or TOEFL for MS and PhD programmes. Generally 6.5 to 7.0 Band is required in IELTS or 90 to 100 score is necessary in TOEFL (iBT). Students who wish to do MBA in the Canadian Universities need a score of 550 in GMAT. Generally, CGPA of 3.25 (Scale 4.0) is required for the scholarships.
Canadian Universities are getting funds from many sources such as (1) NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)(2) SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)(3) CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) (4) Private Industries (5) Donation etc.
Recently, Canada launched a new programme to attract brilliant students to the Canadian Universities. Under the programme entitled Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (http://www.vanier. gc.ca/en/home-accueil.html), they are offering an attractive amount of stipends for PhD students.
Bangladeshi students who completed Bachelor degree from any subjects can apply to the MS programme. On the other hand, students who have Master degree can apply to the PhD programme. Students need to write directly to the teachers of the Canadian Universities. In the following website, a list of the Canadian Universities is mentioned.
Students from any backgrounds (Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Medicine, Business, Humanities or Social Sciences) can apply to Canada for MS and PhD programmes. Generally, the amount of scholarships for MS and PhD students is 1200 and 1600 Canadian dollar respectively. The deadline of application for most of the Canadian Universities for the next Fall Session (Class/research will start from September 2016) is December 30, 2015. So, this is the perfect time for application to the Canadian Universities.
Dr Ruhul Khan is a professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of British Columbia, Canada