Canada is the world's second largest country by total area and it has a common border with the United States to the south and northwest which is the longest in the world. It is a federation consisting of ten provinces and three territories, with so many natural attractions; you can explore mountains and lakes, ski slopes and stunning harbours. It has one of the best standards of living in the world, and its cosmopolitan cities host many festivals and sports events – including the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Canada has grown to become one of the top destinations to study around the world. With traditions of excellence dating back
hundreds of years, high class institutions at every corner and much more flexibility than many other countries, Canada has much to
ffer international students that other English-speaking countries cannot offer.
But what makes the Canada stand out? Why should you make Canada, a destination to further your international education?
The degrees and qualifications from Canadian higher education institutions are known around the world as high quality and world class. The standard of excellence is set by some of the older universities with recognizable names, like University of Toronto, University of Calgary and McGill University, but the tradition carries through to many of the universities and colleges throughout Canada. When looking for work in the future, this can be a great selling point in your favour!
Canada is an industrial nation with a highly developed science and technology sector. Nearly 1.88% of Canada's GDP is allocated to
research & development (R&D). The country has eighteen Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry and medicine. Canada ranks 12 in the
world for Internet usage with 28.0 million users, 84.3% of the total population.
The Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is an agency of the Department of National Defence, whose purpose is to respond to the scientific and technological needs of the Canadian Forces. Over the years, DRDC have been responsible for numerous innovations and inventions of practical application both in civilian and military world. These include the CADPAT, G-suit, CRV7, Carbon dioxide laser and the Flight data recorder. DRDC also contribute in the development of the most advanced Active Electronically Scanned Array in the world as part of an international effort involving Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The Canadian Space Agency conducts space, planetary, and aviation research, as well as develops rockets and satellites. Canada is a participant in the International Space Station and one of the world's pioneers in space robotics and was ranked third among 20 top countries in space sciences. Since the 1960s, Canada Aerospace Industries have designed and built 10 satellites, including RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2 and MOST. Canada also produced one of the most successful sounding rockets, the Black Brant; over 1000 have been launched since they were initially produced in 1961. Universities across Canada are working on the first domestic landing spacecraft: the Northern Light, designed to search for life on Mars and investigate Martian electromagnetic radiation environment and atmospheric properties. If the Northern Light is successful, Canada will be the third country to land on another planet.
The systems of public non-degree-granting institutions in Canada for the most part were created by provincial and territorial
governments in the 1960s to provide labour market preparation programs as alternatives to the more theoretically oriented programs
of universities. Depending on the province or territory, they are called colleges, regional colleges, centres, colleges of applied
arts and technology, community colleges, institutes, schools, or, in Quebec, collèges d'enseignement général et professionnel
(CEGEPs). In Quebec, students wishing to go on to university are generally required to complete a two-year pre-university program
(the CEGEP 'general' program).
Universities typically offer four-year undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's degrees. Advanced degrees include master's degrees, generally requiring two years of study after a first degree, and doctoral degrees, requiring three to five years of postgraduate study and research as well as a dissertation.
In the last decade, Canada has repeatedly been chosen by UN as one of the best places to live in the world. It is ranked 11th by the Human Development Index in the world. The reasons listed included: high education enrollment levels; high-quality, low cost education; universal healthcare system; an uncompromising respect for fundamental rights and human dignity; clean and safe cities; and cosmopolitan, multicultural ethnic cities with many recreational amenities.
Canada's international reputation as a peace-keeping nation extends to its citizens. Canadians comprise of many different cultures, religions and races from around the world. Students coming to Canada will experience a secure, peaceful, multicultural environment in cities and towns with people who are friendly and interested in learning about other cultures.