International enrolment up '15-20 per cent' at TRU

By Greg Fry
September 14, 2017 - 10:12am

KAMLOOPS — The numbers won't be finalized until the end of this week, but international enrolment is way up at Thompson Rivers University this fall.

"It's up by quite a large number, hundreds," says Baihua Chadwick, associate vice-president international and CEO of global operations at TRU. "The numbers are still fluctuating but we will likely end up with more than 2,200 international students."

She estimates that will be a 15-20 per cent increase over last fall, when TRU had over 1,800 international students.

Chadwick attributes the increase to a number of factors, including the so-called "Trump effect," or changes to immigration policy in the United States and to Brexit and security concerns in Europe. But she notes TRU's recruitment efforts have played a big role as well.

"TRU has been extremely aggressive when it comes to recruiting students in the markets where we saw the hugest surge: India and China. We've been working those markets really hard for years and we're seeing a return on our effort."

She says India has overtaken China as the number one source country for international students. Chadwick says TRU will release a final breakdown of where all the international students come from next week.

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