Financial Post - Canadian MBA programs draw foreign students; sharp rise

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There has been a sharp rise in the number of students from around the world applying to Canadian business schools' MBA programs in recent years. "Looking through the numbers, the increase in applications has been quite dramatic," says Heather Ranson, MBA marketing manager at the University of Victoria…

"So we have one to three foreign students per year. We had an EMBA student from Switzerland last year and we have one from the U.S. this year," says Michel Filion, director, recruitment and marketing at EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal. "Our program has four days a month in class, and the man from Switzerland was flying in every month to attend the classes. He used the travel time, about 20 hours per week, to do his course work."

There are a number of factors behind the growing popularity of Canadian business schools. One is world recognition of the high quality of business education in Canada. The Financial Times, for example, consistently ranks such schools as the Sauder School of Business, the University of Alberta School of Business, Schulich, Ivey, Rotman and McGill University among the top 100 in the world.