The Government of Canada believes international learning opportunities are key to increasing understanding of the world, and to this end, supports a wide array of work/study programs designed to propel students and professionals towards a greater appreciation of different cultural perspectives.
The Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program (CCSEP) is an official exchange program between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, which is designed to enhance scholars and professionals’ knowledge and understanding of his or her host country’s language, culture, academic and business pursuits. Since its establishment in 1973, more than 900 scholars have participated in the program.
Through the CCSEP, which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada provides eight to twelve scholarships annually to Chinese mid-career professionals, while China offers approximately 20 short-term awards to non-degree seeking Canadian university students. The renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will come into effect in the next round of competitions in the fall of 2012, contains modifications to increase the eligibility criteria for Canadians to study in China: in particular, Canadian undergraduate students and mid-career professionals may now apply for the program, along with graduate students and university faculty members who are already currently eligible.
Over the years, education ties between Canada and China have expanded significantly. In 2010, over 60,000 Chinese students studied in Canada, representing close to 28 per cent of our international students and contributing almost $1.9 billion to the Canadian economy. In addition, in 2009, over 16,500 students attended the 49 elementary/secondary schools in China licensed to teach a Canadian curriculum.
There are currently over 475 active agreements between Canadian and Chinese institutions.