Statistics Canada has released its most recent data on post-secondary student enrollment for the 2014/2015 academic year. In addition to confirming that overall enrollment in Canadian public colleges and universities is rising, the data shows encouraging insights into Canada’s post-secondary education environment.
The total student enrollment in Canadian public colleges and universities in the 2014/2015 academic year was more than 2 million. This represents an increase of 0.3 percent from the 2013/2014 academic year. However, the growth in the number of international students studying in Canada was significantly greater. The report from Statistics Canada states, ‘International student enrollments rose 11.4 percent in 2014/2015 and accounted for over 10 percent of total enrollments.’
Growth among total enrollments was most pronounced in Ontario and Quebec, which are also two of the top three destinations for international students. The third top destination for international students is British Columbia. Statistics Canada states that the majority of international students in post-secondary programs attend colleges or universities in these three provinces.
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The Study Environment in Canada: Highlights
When it comes to selecting a destination for college or university, it is important to consider several factors about the education environment in a particular country. The report from Statistics Canada revealed a number of interesting facts about Canada’s post-secondary study landscape.
Distribution between colleges and universities
About 60 percent of enrollments in Canadian post-secondary institutions in 2014/2015 were in programs at the bachelor level or above at universities and degree-granting colleges. More than 80 percent of these students were in undergraduate programs. This echoes the trend among international students — IRCC stated that in from 2009 to 2013, 42 percent of study permit holders were enrolled in university-level programs.
Meanwhile, about 20 percent of post-secondary enrollments Canada-wide were in career, technical or professional training programs. Among study permit holders, 21 percent were enrolled in such post-secondary study programs.
Graduation rates on the rise
In 2014, 515,865 students received a credential such as a certificate, diploma or degree from a public post-secondary institution, up 3.2 percent from a year earlier. Students with a career, technical or professional training diploma accounted for 18.3 percent of all graduates in 2014, compared with 10.8 percent in 2000.
More than half of college and university graduates received their qualification in one of the following three fields:
- Business, management and public administration (21.9 percent);
- Social and behavioural sciences and law (14.8 percent); or
- Health and related fields (14.5 percent).
More than half — 56.3 percent — of total enrollments in 2014/2015 were women. They represented over half of the enrollments in most fields of study. This statistic differs to the gender distribution among international students with Canadian study permits — IRCC stated that from 2009 to 2013, 55 percent of study permit holders were male. Women also represented 57.7 percent of graduates in the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fields of study with mostly male enrollment included personal, protective and transportation services (43.6 percent), mathematics, computer and information sciences (25.5 percent) and architecture, engineering and related technologies (19.5 percent).
In 2014/2015, the top field of study for women was business, management and public administration. Women represented the significant majority of graduates in the following fields:
- Health and related fields (78.3 percent)
- Education (77.4 percent)
- Social and behavioural sciences and law (70.4 percent)
Men accounted for the significant majority in the following fields:
- Architecture, engineering and related technologies (83.0 percent)
- Mathematics, computer and information sciences (71.2 percent)
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