The writer is quite right in saying international students make vital contributions to the quality of a university education. But she's wrong about some important facts that relate to the University of British Columbia.
UBC has a stellar global reputation already. Not only do we fill all of our funded spaces for B.C. and Canadian students, but we also attract 10,000 students from 150 countries.
The English proficiency scores of incoming UBC international students are on par with the best universities in North America, and these students must meet the same stringent admissions requirements as domestic students.
UBC provides one of the most intensive first-year orientation programs in Canada for more than 1,000 international students each year and a range of dedicated academic and community support services to help ensure their success.
For a publicly funded university, UBC also provides solid financial assistance to international students, notably 93 International Scholarships and the 5 MasterCard Foundation Scholarships.
To be sure, there is always room for improvement, and we're committed to that. For all of our students.
> Angela Redish / UBC vice provost and associate vice president, enrolment and academic facilities