Although higher education is far from politics, there are things that prove the opposite. Recently, it became known that students from Saudi Arabia, who studied in Canada, are transferring to the universities of Europe and the USA in urgent order.
The Canadian Ambassador was expelled from Riyadh by the Arabs, called home, and even canceled flights from Saudi Arabia to Toronto. But this is by no means all the consequences of the tweet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland. She tweeted about her deep concern about the situation in Saudi Arabia, where several activists who had fought for women’s rights were recently arrested. Among the detainees was activist Samara Badawi, and her brother, also a dissident, who’s wife is a Canadian citizen living in Quebec. In a few days, the escalation of the conflict only intensified. Canadians blamed Saudi rule for gross violation of human rights. Arabs, in turn, as ultra-conservatives, said that the Canadians intervened in the internal affairs of the Kingdom and should pay for it.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also reported rigorous measures, including the suspension of any Canadian business, the suspension of scholarship programs in Canada, and even the departure of all Saudi patients, who was treated by Saudi medical student, from local hospitals were organized. Undoubtedly, the situation will continue, as one of the greatest diplomatic splits between the two strong powers took place.
Of course, the Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau, will do everything possible to remedy the situation, but it will also take some time, maybe several years.
Abolition of scholarships and expulsion of students.
As a result of the conflict, the big companies were affected by the investment, which were frozen and canceled contracts. The Riyadh canceled scholarships for 16,000 students studying in Canada and urging them to leave the country and find relevant academic programs in other institutions in Europe and elsewhere. To date, thousands of students have been dropped scholarships, tuition, and completely canceled any funding for the educational process, according to the “Saudi Gazette” publication. The authorities of Saudi Arabia agree to continue to pay for the training of their students, but in other countries.
Sources close to the US Department of State say that following Saudi Arabia, another countries can cancel scholarships for studying in Canada, in particular Qatar. And this means that universities in Canada already are not booked and it can be even worse later on. Also, the number of entrants from these countries will decrease in the coming years. Of course, it is a pity that this situation has arisen because of the conflict between the two states, foreign students can benefit from this.
It should be noted that the Educational portal “Kudapostupat” is the first to highlight this situation with regard to the acquisition of higher education by Canadian universities and colleges. We keep track of the developments and report all important changes.
Warning for students from Arab countries.
The conflict between Canada and Saudi Arabia is gaining momentum. Although the Prime Minister of Canada is doing everything possible to reconcile the sides, it may take a long time, even a few years. More than 16,000 students are leaving Canada for a coming academic year, no Saudi graduate will receive scholarships for studying in Canada . A similar situation may occur in other countries of the Arab world who will decide to join the Kingdom. Therefore, the “Kudapostupat” portal does not recommend to take to consideration colleges and universities in Canada for Arab students. It is better to pay attention to other universities in Europe and the USA. You can find a complete list of world rated best universities on our website.
Benefits for foreign students.
In spite of everything, Canadian universities are among the most prestigious in the world. Every year more than 200 000 students from all over the world come to Canada. But, if we recall the situation with students and applicants from Saudi Arabia, now students from India, China, Nepal, Malaysia, and others have a better chance. With a decrease in the number of applicants from the Arab countries, the chance for other entrants will grow.
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So, while this political situation has developed, it is worth to try our strength and become a student of one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Canada is fully open to foreign students, come and check it!
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