Presentation by the Canadian Bureau for International Education About the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) CBIE is both a leader in shaping Canada’s international education agenda and a highly recognized provider of professional development programs for Canada’s international educators. CBIE has an agreement with TVTC to facilitate student’s admission and preparation to study in Canada and the United States. To date, TVTC has allocated through CBIE a total of 162 students. CBIE will respond to questions and issues raised by students and provide assistance prior to their arrival in Canada and the United States, and assist you with the preparation and submission of visa applications. The objective of the KASPTT Program is to establish an international partnership for providing first class education for qualified Saudi candidates - Technical diploma graduates - towards applied Bachelor degrees in Canada and the United States. Through this program the students will be able to bring themselves to higher academic and training standards and make greater contribution to the future development of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As of January 2012, TVTC has allocated through CBIE a total of 162 students – 81 in Canada and 81 in the United States. First Class Official Languages A Cultural Mosaic Four Seasons Safe and Clean Affordable High Quality Outstanding Facilities Excellent Health Care The Best There Is 1. First Class Canadian educational institutions offer an internationally renowned education that ranks among the best in the world 2. Official Languages Canada is a bilingual country. For over a century, Canada’s two official languages (English and French) have been taught as second languages which is why Canada is a world leader in language training 3. A cultural Mosaic Canada has a national policy for multiculturalism and works to ensure peoples’ customs and traditions are preserved and respected. 4. Four Seasons Four distinct seasons offer variety and their own special pleasures. There is something for everyone, including indoor and outdoor recreation at no or low cost. 5. Safe and Clean You will find the campuses and cities safe and clean. Canada is a peaceful, politically stable, and safe country. The second most commonly cited reason for choosing Canada is that Canada is a safe country. 6. Affordable Tuition and the cost of living in Canada are lower than in other countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. 7. High Quality You will find excellent professors, leading scientists, and world renowned artists and writers as part of the faculty at Canadian educational institutions 8. Outstanding Facilities First class libraries and sports facilities, museums and art galleries, theatres and concert halls: these campuses have it all, including radio stations, newspapers and stores that are run by students. Muslim students’ societies and prayer rooms are present on almost all campuses 9. Excellent Health Care Compared to other countries, medical insurance is inexpensive in Canada, yet the services that Canadian hospitals provide are among the most advanced and accessible in the world. 10. The Best There Is According to the United Nations, Canada offers the highest quality of life in the world! OH CANADA! Facts and Figures Independence: July 1, 1867 Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II (1952) Governor-General: David Lloyd Johnston (2010) Prime Minister: Stephen Harper (2011) Land Area: 3,855,100 sq mi Population (2009 est.): 34+ million Capital: Ottawa, Ontario Largest cities: Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec, Halifax, Winnipeg Provinces and Territories Canada is a federation composed of ten provinces and three territories. In turn, these may be grouped into regions: Western Canada, Central Canada, Atlantic Canada, and Northern Canada (the latter made up of the three territories: Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut). Eastern Canada refers to Central Canada and Atlantic Canada together. Provinces have more autonomy than territories. The provinces are responsible for most of Canada's social programs (such as health care, education, and welfare) and together collect more revenue than the federal government, an almost unique structure among federations in the world. Characteristics of Education in Canada • High Quality • 90 Universities & Degreegranting Colleges • Academic Year – September to April, plus Spring and Summer Sessions • Various Undergraduate Programs and PostSecondary Certificates Available English as a Second Language (ESL) • Intensive English for Academic Purposes (EAP) • Sessions throughout the year • Bridging programs: Parttime academic study along with part-time ESL Support for International Students A range of student services are offered by most colleges, including: • Academic, career, and personal counseling • International Student Advisers (ISAs) • Muslim Student Associations, prayer rooms • Help in finding off-campus housing • Health services • Saudi students clubs ( in some colleges) • Recreational facilities: swimming pools and sports teams Canadian Academic Culture Teaching and Learning Styles: • Participation is valued • Direct communication with professor and meetings • Questions and Answers Muslims in Canada According to Canada‘s 2001 census, there were 579,740 Muslims in Canada, just under 2% of the population. In 2006, the Muslim population was estimated to be 783,700 or about 2.5% The majority of Canadian Muslims live in the province of Ontario, with the largest groups settled in and around the Greater Toronto Area. According to the 2001 Census, there were 254,110 Muslims living in Greater Toronto. Masjids in Canada There are hundreds of masjids in Canada that provide daily prayer services and other community services for the growing Muslim population. To find the nearest masjid to you please check out the following link. http://www.islamcan.com/masjid/index.shtml Halal Food in Canada There are many local Muslim owned grocery stores that provide halal products. You will also find that many large grocery store chains carry a growing selection of halal products to meet the needs of the local Muslim population. To find halal food near you please check out the Zabihah web site. Zabihah.com is the world’s largest guide to halal restaurants and products. http://www.zabihah.com/ Thank you!