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  • Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has hailed Jamaica’s long-standing academic relations with Canada, which enable local students to pursue tertiary training in that country.
  • Speaking at a Jamaica-Canada alumni reception at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (September 22), Rev. Thwaites said the association dates back to the early 20th century.
  • Notable Canadian tertiary institutions, which have been attended by Jamaicans include: the University of Toronto; McGill University; Ryerson University; University of Waterloo; University of Western Ontario; and George Brown College.

Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has hailed Jamaica’s long-standing academic relations with Canada, which enable local students to pursue tertiary training in that country.

Speaking at a Jamaica-Canada alumni reception at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (September 22), Rev. Thwaites said the association dates back to the early 20th century.

“Long before 1948, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) marked the beginning of tertiary education at the degree level in Jamaica…and long before there was a trek to the United States for tertiary education, Canada had been our host,” he said.

Minister noted that “Jamaicans have found generous reception, oftentimes financial assistance, and always a warm welcome to Canadian universities.”

He said there has also been compatibility and acceptance of the qualifications acquired by students at the secondary level, based on the Commonwealth connection which, he contended, “has made a big difference.”

“Canadian schools are welcomed to come here and recruit (students). They are (also) welcomed to encourage Jamaicans to study abroad, and we look forward to a hearty (and strengthened) relationship between the academic communities of both our countries,” Rev. Thwaites said.

Newly appointed Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sylvain Fabí, in his first public engagement, said that the academic relationship between the countries has been of “huge benefit” to Canada.

 

“Not just in terms of foreign students paying tuition and studying in Canada (but) it (also) creates the outside network of people, who know the country and facilitate the links,” he noted.

The High Commissioner pointed out that since 2007, over 200 Jamaican students have benefitted from the 20 available scholarship programmes, informing that this year 25 students were selected for various scholarship opportunities.

“This is an area where, certainly for Canada, in the last five or six years, we have been trying to do more (in terms) of education relations, not only to attract students, but also to share and have our institutions work together,” High Commissioner Fabí noted.

Notable Canadian tertiary institutions, which have been attended by Jamaicans include: the University of Toronto; McGill University; Ryerson University; University of Waterloo; University of Western Ontario; and George Brown College.