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Kamloops with a population of 500,000+ offers something new and exciting to learn almost every day. Read here to know, what makes Kamloops an exciting play to live?

  • Love for coffee: Whether you need to study for exams, hang out with friends, read that new book or just relax, you will definitely find a locally-owned artsy coffee shop within a walking distance.
  • Outdoors and fitness: Winter or summer, rain or shine, people here love the outdoors. The landscape of Kamloops makes it the perfect destination for those who love spending time outside, with many hiking trails and biking routes.
  • Award-winning alpine and ski resort: Sun Peaks is not only amazingly beautiful, but it is also huge with over 4,270 acres of skiable terrain. The winter season runs from late November to mid-April, so there is plenty of time to spend weekends skiing away!
  • Sun Peaks Resort is full of activities: It caters to a wide variety of people and interests – Ice Skating, Tube Park, Winter Segway Tours, Snowshoeing, Snowbiking, Snowmobiling Tours, Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, Dog Sled Tours, Cat Trax Groomer Rides, Spa Treatments, Shopping and more!
  • Farmer’s Market: It only starts feeling like summer once the farmer’s market is back outdoors, up and running. The beautiful warm weather, the street full of local sellers showcasing their fresh produce, and people walking with their furry friends.
  • An abundance of local art: Influenced by First Nations culture, western Canadian traditions, European art forms, and contemporary Canadian art, Kamloops is a town full of personality. Recycling is a must: Kamloopsians love the beautiful outdoors, and preserving it is one of the things they are really passionate about. TRU alone has a department dedicated only to sustainability, the TRU Sustainability Office.
  • Affordable and diverse education: There are very little differences between world-class institutions in the U.S. and in Canada. However, the biggest difference is that Canadian universities are much more affordable than those located across the border.
  • Sense of relaxation and safety: One of the benefits of studying at TRU is that faculty and staff aims to create a safe and relaxed environment for all students. There is the TRU Health and Safety department, which constantly promotes several programs to sustain the existing safe environment at the University.
  • Always find somewhere to go: What is great about Kamloops is that during breaks or holidays, you always have the option to travel somewhere exciting and not too far away from town.
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is on the top of the world when it comes to global sustainability initiatives and achievements. It was unveiled in the Indigenous Art Gallery Foyer in the Brown Family House of Learning that TRU was recognized as the world-wide leader in encouraging sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

TRU is currently the highest-rated university in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s global Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). TRU was joined by Colorado State University, Stanford University, the University of New Hampshire and the University of California, Irvine as other institutions to receive the platinum rating. Helping earn the platinum status with an 88.31 percent score was the continued development of the campus compost and zero waste initiatives, the injection of sustainability into curriculums across many programs, the use of ride sharing and Ebikes, and the creation of energy-saving projects, to name a few.

While this was a very proud day for the faculty, staff and students at TRU, it was also just the beginning in many ways.
La Trobe has achieved an outstanding result in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019, moving up 51 positions to be ranked as the 341st university in the world. This result means that La Trobe has maintained its position in the top 400 universities in the world according to all three major independent rankings agencies, with La Trobe ranked 317 in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and 397 in the world by the QS World University Rankings.

La Trobe’s excellent result in the 2019 Times Higher Education ranking reflects the breadth and impact of its world-class researchers, and the outstanding experience that it provides to students through initiatives such as its sector-leading Career Ready program, which helps La Trobe students develop the skills and capabilities that employers need.

The University is also working hard to develop new courses that respond to the challenges being presented by digital technologies and the changing world of work. The institute has recently introduced new programs including its Master of Business Analytics, and the institute is pleased that La Trobe has been included in the 2019 QS global rankings of the best postgraduate business analytics course providers. Its Master of Business Analytics was designed in response to industry demand for graduates with skills in big data analysis, and the institute is delighted that QS has ranked La Trobe second in Australia for business analytics and in the QS list of the best 75 global universities.

These results gives great confidence as the university continues to work with its partners across the globe in teaching, research, student exchange and other programs, and looks forward to continuing its partnership with Canam Consultants Ltd for many years to come.
Last month in September 2018 Lambton College unveiled its new Centre of Excellence in Energy & Bio-Industrial Technologies – a 34,000 sq. ft., $14.2 million addition to its Sarnia campus!

Highlights of this state-of-practice facility include a Water/Waste Water Pilot Lab, Steam Boiler Lab, Robotics & PLC Lab, Nanotechnology Engineering Lab, and a Research Analyzer Lab. The Centre was designed to meet the needs of the energy and bio-industrial sector and solidify Lambton’s position as a national leader in practical learning and applied research.

The Centre focuses on two major streams: Education and Training, and Applied Research.

At its core, the Centre provides superior post-secondary technology programming and training to domestic and international students, as well as industry partners in energy and bio-based sectors. Additionally, the facilities will support industry and businesses through applied research, development, commercialization, incubation, prototyping, automation, and pilot plant studies to develop new or improved technologies, products, and processes.

These new facilities will be utilized by several of its fall 2019 programs, including:

• Chemical Production & Power Engineering Technology
• Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technology
• Environmental Technician – Water & Wastewater Systems Operation
New Zealand Education Think New

New Zealand Government has announced some changes in post study work rights this month and the move is well received by the New Zealand education aspirants and those who are already studying there. The highlights of the announcement area:

Three-year open work visa for international degree students: It will enable international degree students to apply and consolidate the skills acquired from studying and make an invaluable addition to their curriculum vitae. These changes further position New Zealand as a world-leading study destination for international students wanting to pursue a global career. A streamlined post-study career path for high quality international students builds on New Zealand's Number 1 ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the best country in the world for preparing students for the future.

Changes to New Zealand's immigration settings are: • To provide a three-year post-study open work visa for degree Level 7 (bachelor degree) or above qualifications.
• To remove employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels
• To provide a one-year post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications. Students at this level outside of Auckland will be given an additional year (a two-year post-study open work visa) provided study is completed by December 2021. After that point, the entitlement reverts back to a one-year post-study open work visa
• An additional year will be given to Graduate Diploma graduates working towards registration with a professional or trade body.
• International students studying Level 8 qualifications in an area on New Zealand's Long-Term Skills Shortage list may bring their partner (eligible for an open work visa) and dependent children (eligible for fee-free domestic schooling).
• These settings will not impact current post-study work visa holders or international students.
• Through these changes, New Zealand wants to ensure student wellbeing and ensure post-study pathways contribute the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.
• The changes align with the New Zealand Government's International Education Strategy 2018-2030, which sets a path for the future of New Zealand's international education sector.
For more information, please visit: changes-to-post-study-work-rights-for-international-students
Quebec set to overhaul immigration system in bid to address labour force shortages. There were 462,000 job vacancies across Canada in the first quarter of 2018, with Quebec reporting the largest year-over-year increase for the three-month period, according to new figures from Statistics Canada.

Job vacancies in Quebec were up by 25,000 in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 37 per cent over the first three months of 2017. The new data show job vacancies rising across most provinces, industrial sectors and occupational groups compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Job vacancies rose in eight Canadian provinces and Canada’s three territories, with Quebec and British Columbia posting the greatest increases.

This was the seventh consecutive quarter to show a year-over-year increase in the number of job vacancies in Quebec, with vacancies in the manufacturing and accommodation and food services industrial sectors increasing the most. Montreal was the economic region in Quebec that posted the greatest increase in job vacancies (+8,700) during the quarter.

Quebec’s unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent for the quarter, compared to 6.2 per cent in the first three months of 2017.

Quebec’s Liberal government has estimated that more than one million jobs will need to be filled by 2024, and says immigration has a major part to play in filling this gap.
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