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The francophone schools and universities of New Brunswick in seduction mode in Tunisia

New Brunswick has a status of participating government at this by the International Organization of Francophonie (OFI), to which 88 states and governments belong. The National Society of Acadia (ANS) Was there too.

The New Brunswick booth was very well attended. We had a great VR presentation that got a lot of attentionsays Pierre Zundel, President and CEO of New Brunswick Community College (CCNB), in a video conference interview on Sunday.

We had a great opportunity to recruit international students. »

A quote from Pierre Zundel, CEO of New Brunswick Community College

The New Brunswick Kiosk has a kiosk in the Village de la Francophonie, set up in the large Explore Park known for its crocodiles on the island of Djerba welcomed more than 10,000 studentssaid Herr Zundel.

Acting rector is Pierre Zundel.

Pierre Zundel, President and CEO of New Brunswick Community College (archive).

Photo: Radio Canada / Caroline Bourdua

The Summit is an opportunity for the College to reconnect with its current partners, which are technical colleges across Francophonie, to strengthen existing links and generate new ideas.

Solutions to the shortage of skilled workers in the healthcare sector

In connection with a labor shortage in New Brunswick’s hospitals and nursing facilities, the director of the CCNB see further. He will be in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, on Monday.

The aim is to meet people from the health education sector to eventually see if there are possible partnerships to increase the influx of graduates in the health sector to meet the needs of the provincesays Pierre Zundel.

He mentions that several models are possible. In some cases, foreign students receive all or part of their education in Canada. There are others who would be trained with our curricula in African countries.

Shortly before his departure from Tunisia on Sunday, Université de Moncton rector and vice-chancellor Denis Prud’homme mentioned that the institution he heads had signed an agreement with the European University of Tunis.

It is an agreement that will allow the mobility of our students on both sides in the administration, management, communication and information programs. And it will also potentially allow us to recruit for our graduate and masters programshe explained.

I could see that mechanical engineering and electrical engineering are very popular in Tunisia. Opportunities would likely exist for these students to continue their studies in undergraduate programs at the Université de Moncton.the rector further notes.

portrait of dr  Denis Prud'homme.

Denis Prud’homme, Rector of the Université de Moncton (archive).

Photo: Radio Canada / Liam St-George Avison

Mr Prud’homme will be in Morocco on Tuesday and Wednesday. He will visit three of the country’s universities – including Mohammed V University and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University – in hopes of forging partnerships in research and development hopefully compared to recruiting graduate studentshe mentions.

Obstacles for international students

At the Sommet de la Francophonie, Canadians were criticized by African delegates for the complexity of Canada’s visa, study and work permit systems.

Université de Moncton rector Denis Prud’homme is aware of some difficulties, particularly the low approval rate of African students who apply.

He says he recently attended a meeting in Ottawa, where the new director of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada was made a good diagnosis of the items that need to be changedAccording to him. They recognized a phenomenon of racism. Also that it has put in place strategies to address these challenges.

We can expect improvements next yearhe argues, and a higher approval rating especially permits for our African students.

The sign in front of the building.

The New Brunswick Community College (CCNB) in Campbellton.

Photo: Radio Canada / Serge Bouchard

We also work with our MPs, sometimes directly with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in Ottawa. […] hoping to make the process more efficient and increase the percentage of visas grantedmentions Pierre Zundel, who CCNB.

The Rector of the Université de Moncton and the chairman out CCNB state that they will still see an increase in registrations in 2022. This year, despite the struggles, we have seen an almost 50% increase in international student enrollmentssays Zundel. We have students who did not come in September due to immigration delays, but we will see them arriving in Januaryadds Mr. Prud’homme.

Glen Savoie stands at a lectern in front of a Tunisian flag in a school.

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Minister Glen Savoie visits the Canadian school Galileo Galilei in Ezzahra, Tunisia, in this photo published on November 17.

Photo: Embassy of Canada in Tunisia

The New Brunswick ministers, who traveled to Tunisia for the Francophonie summit, recalled that visa and study permit issues are federal responsibilities.

We are aware of thissaid valley Savoie, Minister responsible for Francophonie. This is a federal file, but we’ve listened to people’s comments. It is important for us in New Brunswick to attract immigrants who can easily come to us.

We’re trying to attract students to New Brunswick, but there are still obstacles, acknowledged Daniel Allain, Minister for Local Government. He says the provincial government is listening to educational institutions dealing with these issues and says the province works with the federal government to break down barriers.

The 18th peak of Francophonie ended on Sunday on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. It was the first meeting in four years for representatives of the governments of French-speaking countries, who normally meet every two years. France will organize the next summit, that of 2024.

Based on Pascal Raiche-Nogue’s report

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