Stop to Take International Students as “Cash Cows”
Reflection Paper-David Eby’s Talk at Green College
University of British Columbia
STU ID: 99354145
I watched the David Eby’s talk at Green College on YouTube. Eby started his talk with the assumption that the role of BC universities is “to provide opportunities for BC residents to be educated and have access to researches as well as the international ideas.” His talk was primarily focused on the financial issues the BC students and universities are facing. He stated that because of the limited financial resources/aid, BC students are financially burdened during the process of perusing higher education. Finance becomes one of the major reasons for college/university students to discontinue their education. Meanwhile, with the cutting funds, BC universities are treating international students like “Cash Cows” to offset their expenses. With all the statistic he provided, Eby believes that financial issue has become the major issue that prevent BC students from pursuing higher education. He also concluded that BC universities failed to present the role of the BC universities, and both government and BC universities should act on this issue.
As an international student. It sounded very offensive when he mentioned about Cash Cows. Therefore, in my paper, I wish to extend Eby’s idea one step further. Let’s assume the role of universities is “to provide opportunities for everyone to be educated and have access to researches as well as the international ideas.” I think this is also a profound aim for higher education. Therefore, according to Fenstermacher’s (2000) idea, I will set this notion as a “North Star” for universities. In the following paper, I will use information pr...
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...ld acting on increase funding since the financial issue has become a burden for higher education institutes to peruse the aim of education.
Besides continue to cut expenses and seek money from international students, I believe higher education institutes should create dialogue with government. Colleges/universities can use the power of media to give government more pressure. Students are the future of our society, provide education available to every students or residents is top priority for government and higher education institutes. If higher education cannot be properly funded in BC or Canada, how BC or Canada economically and scientifically stay strong in the future? Meanwhile, colleges/universities should consider how to allocate the limited resource (money) they have. Do they really need the fancy building or invest on the future asset for our future society?
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