Title: Village to City: Intercultural Experientialities of Global South Students in Canadian Higher Education
Stream: International Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Kenneth Aidelojie, York University, Canada
In recent times, Canadian Higher Education has experienced significant boost in the number of internationals students from around the world. This is evident in the enrolment numbers of international students in universities and colleges showing an increase of 13.7% between 2018/2019 to 2019/2020 academic sessions (Statistics Canada, 2021). Over time, there has been increased scholarly research on Higher education internationalisation and intercultural experiential satisfaction of mostly European and Asian students in Canada thus leaving out those of African descent. To this end, this research focus on Nigeria with the largest student population from the sub-Sahara Africa in Canadian Higher Education system. The paper highlight how students intercultural experientiality could impact on educational performance and satisfaction in Canada. With a continuous surge in study permits approval for Nigerian students to Canada's higher education institutions, it is imperative to examine for reasons of broader educational policy implications the intercultural experientilities of these students with socio-economic and cultural dissimilarities to that of Canada using the push-pull theoretical framework. The research methodology used for this paper is the mixed method approach of data collection (using literature review and qualitative interviewing techniques) and subsequent analysis of gathered information. In conclusion, the paper contributes to bridging the literature gap on sub–Saharan African students and provide recommendations that will contribute to future educational policies both in Canada and countries of the global south.
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