Incentives Announced for Mauritian Students

10 Sep, 2010

Students taking the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) Business Administration diploma at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD) have opportunities to continue their studies in Canada. After graduating in Canada, international SIAST graduates may immediately apply for permanent residence to live and work in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan continues to grow and prosper, and opportunities for graduates remain very bright. Through Saskatchewan’s Immigrant Nominee Program, international students who have graduated from an eligible post-secondary institution now immediately qualify to apply for fast-track permanent residency in Canada. Saskatchewan is proud to be the only province in Canada to offer this unique opportunity.

“SIAST provides access to a wide variety of academic and skills training options that ensure our students are well-prepared for the workplace or further study,” said Dr. Bob McCulloch, SIAST president and CEO. “Many of our programs are linked with degree programs. Graduates with both a diploma and a degree benefit from the strengths of multiple institutions while furthering their credentials.”

In addition to the opportunity to live and work in Saskatchewan, graduates of eligible programs from post-secondary institutions who choose to live in Saskatchewan are eligible for a refundable tax credit rebate of up to $20,000 in tuition fees over seven years. This means that graduates of SIAST’s diploma program in Mauritius, who are living and working in Saskatchewan, would be eligible for this program.

Last year, the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) of Canada signed a partnership agreement with the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), formerly known as IVTB, and with the Canadian International Training & Education Corp (CITREC) to provide diploma courses in Business Administration. The program currently has 24 students enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.

“The joint initiative between CITREC, MITD and SIAST to deliver quality educational programming abroad is a unique public/private initiative that will open the doors of discovery for international students, and show them the possibilities to be found in Saskatchewan,” said CITREC CEO Ashwant Dwivedi.

Mr. Dwivedi said the program is a unique opportunity for Mauritians, “By enrolling in SIAST’s program in Mauritius you are not only obtaining a world- recognized diploma, but you are also gaining the chance to study, work, and live in Saskatchewan, Canada.”

MITD Chairman Ashvin Ramdin welcomed the opportunity for MITD students.

“The very fact that CITREC and SIAST are providing these potential new international opportunities to MITD students is in itself recognition of the professionalism of MITD and its quest in making people globally employable. It is equally a blessing for this triangular partnership which was signed between MITD, CITREC and SIAST. We will pursue this venture further and in this context, MITD has started talks with CITREC and SIAST to look into other educational possibilities,” Mr. Ramdin said.

For more information about SIAST’s diploma program, visit IVTB.mu and Citrec. For more information about immigrating to Saskatchewan, Canada visit immigration.gov.sk.ca.

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