Why more South Africans are moving to this country to study
Immigration consultant Nicholas Avramis says South African students are increasingly considering moving to Canada to further their education.
He cited a recent study that indicates a 70% increase in the number of local students traveling to Canada to study.
Talk to Talk Radio 702Avramis, managing director of Beaver Immigration Consulting, said Canada offers a three-year open work permit to international students after graduation.
“South Africans are adventurous people and they travel all over the world, for education,” he said. Canadian post-secondary education is that after graduation, students are offered a three-year open work permit to find work anywhere in the country.
Also, after one year, students can apply for permanent residency. “Other countries just don’t offer that,” he said, adding that after two years students can then apply for citizenship.
The immigration expert said Canada has a wide variety of institutions for international students – more than 10,000 programs. “Many of the South Africans we see go into university programs in technology, coding and software engineering.”
Avramis said Canada is experiencing a major brain drain, losing many graduates to the United States…leaving a big void for tech graduates in the country.
Immigration data from Statistics Canada showed the rate of South Africans entering Canada was accelerating before the Covid pandemic, Avramis said.
Between 2015 and 2020, more than 25,000 South Africans obtained either temporary status, permanent residency or citizenship in Canada. And between 2015 and 2019, there was a 67.3% increase in the number of South Africans obtaining permanent residence and a 75% increase in the number of study permits.
The demand for higher education in South Africa is exceptionally high and growing steadily, BrandMapp noted. Public institutions have been oversubscribed for many years, and while private higher education institutions are on the rise, the costs of higher education remain a formidable barrier to entry, unless you are one of the income-rich South Africans. medium to high.
A BrandMapp survey of over 33,000 middle-class South Africans, living in households with a monthly income of over R10,000, presented unique insights into the education landscape of this 30% segment of the population which represents 100% of the country’s tax base. and 80% of all consumer spending.
The value of higher education for this segment, which includes 12 million adults aged 18 and over, is clear. According to BrandMapp 2021, 70% have a higher education and 42% of them hold a diploma. The remaining 30% may still be in school or have no reason to.
Brandon de Kock, Director of Storytelling at BrandMapp, said: “In tune with global concepts such as the importance of continuing education and lifelong learning, we find that South Africans in the middle class embrace the value of education, with 75% of all adults expressing an interest. while continuing his studies.
“If we include those who say they are undecided about further education, then the total potential market for adult education is 85%, which should ignite fires under the higher education and education brands. ‘Ed Tech.’
“It’s worth digging deeper into BrandMapp’s data, and in particular to take a closer look at the education channels these continuous learners are thinking about. Unsurprisingly, UNISA, the South African distance education pioneer, is an option of choice for 40% of these adults who wish to continue their education,” said De Kock.
“It almost corresponds to 37% who look to our physical universities and colleges. Online options for further studies are well considered. But what’s interesting here is the 12% who say they would seriously consider studying abroad. 12% may not seem like a lot, but that’s over 1.24 million South Africans planning, working or dreaming of international studies.
Heidi Sulcas of The Learner’s Journey, who is also the editor of University Speaking, South Africa’s study abroad guide, said around 12,000 South Africans are currently studying abroad, according to the International. Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) in March 2020.
“Over the past year, I have seen a tremendous increase in interest in international education news. When I mentor learners who have come to me looking for international opportunities, the conversation starts around the question “what am I going to be when I finish my degree?” but quickly drifts towards “becoming someone and not something” during their pursuit of higher education.
“The opportunity for an international experience can have a marked effect on a learner if they seize the opportunity of the privilege of growing in the international context,” Sulcas said.
An important part of this opportunity may well be the idea of using international education as a means to achieve a different ambition: to leave South Africa. “While they may not be able to, we know from BrandMapp that 27% of adults say they would like to emigrate within the next five years,” de Kock said.
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