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Young people from Canada and Africa including The Gambia discuss the impact of COVID-19 on international student mobility

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Toronto, July 11, 2020 —BT Global Access, a Canadian-based global marketing and international student recruitment agency organized an online conference on the impact of COVID-19 on International Student Mobility. The event was held on July 4th, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST on Zoom, and gathered professionals in international education, immigration experts, entrepreneurs, current, former and prospective international students to Canada, to exchange useful information and resources on international student mobility challenges and opportunities post COVID-19.

“Supporting positive international study experiences in Canada is key to maintaining the country as a top destination for international students” explained Ousman Conteh, Founder & CEO of BT Global Access while welcoming participants. Canada education system has been globally ranked at #3 in the best countries for education by US News in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for international students to apply to student visas. In her keynote statement, Mrs. Omolajipe Sanwoolu, Immigration and Mobility advisor for McMaster University and Member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) advised international students to maintain their status in Canada during the pandemic. She also highlighted some key immigration policies and changes adopted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada due to COVID-19.

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Another panelist, Miss Ruvimbo Mutangadura, MA Political Science, Corporate Governance Specialist, and former international student, shared her experience as an international student in Canada to help prospective students from the African diaspora understand the challenges they could face and how to overcome them. Challenges like housing security, cost of living, healthcare, mental and physical well-being during uncertain times would need more support from Canadian Government and universities according to Ruvimbo.
Prof. Lamin Jabbi, Education Consultant for BT Global Access and Coordinator for College opportunities program at Seneca College shared scholarship opportunities and recommended the best programs to enroll in post COVID-19. He urged Federal and Provincial Governments to provide more generous financial incentives and scholarship packages to maintain Canada amongst the best student destination in the world and to keep and improve Canada’s economic and global competitiveness.

This event was part of BT Global Access’ mission to offer unique opportunities for Canada’s next generation of leaders and international education professionals, allowing them to connect with their counterparts in Africa and to build bridges while promoting intercultural solidarity.

About BT Global Access
Global Access is a Canadian-based global marketing & international student recruitment agency dedicated to promoting Africa-Canada cooperation through education, business development and intercultural links. Our mission is to retain Canada as a top destination for international students, and help Canadian businesses and youth led start-ups to scale up investment opportunities in Africa and vice versa to contribute to Canada’s competitiveness.

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Website: www.btglobalaccess.com
Media relations:

Ousman Conteh | [email protected]|(+1) 647 631-2828

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