Pictured above: Laura Antunez, from Honduras, is studying Business Administration and working at Cambrian College for the summer.
International students attending 11 Ontario colleges have ranked Cambrian College best in the province in terms of student satisfaction. Cambrian also came out in the top three out of 182 colleges and universities worldwide in student satisfaction with their learning experiences.
The survey, called the International Student Barometer (ISB), is the largest and most extensive survey of international students globally. It is a confidential and comparative survey tool that tracks perceptions, expectations, and experiences of international students.
Cambrian College was one of 182 colleges and universities worldwide to participate the ISB Autumn Survey Wave (2016), which included 11 Ontario colleges. The survey included measures of student satisfaction, including quality of living experiences; support services; industry-experienced faculty; learning environments; and arrival experiences.
Cambrian’s results show high levels of student satisfaction in key areas such as student and graduate employment; career services; language supports, physical resources including libraries and study areas; faculty experience; marking criteria; social activities and facilities; and arrival support.
“Our faculty and staff are incredibly proud of the results that we have achieved,” said Cambrian President Bill Best. “Ensuring that all of our students feel supported both academically and personally, is a top priority. Our international students experience unique challenges that make high-functioning support systems, facilities, and academic resources even more imperative. I am very pleased to see that our efforts and standards have made an impact on our international students,” Best added.
The number of international students who choose to study at Cambrian College has grown significantly in the past two years. In 2015, approximately 300 students studied at Cambrian. In 2017, that number is expected to increase to 500 international students from 27 countries.
Sonia Del Missier, Cambrian’s Vice President, International, Applied Research, and Business Development said the survey results demonstrate the commitment to student success by faculty, staff, and students, and that of the broader community. “Sudbury has grown into a vibrant and diverse city that welcomes individuals from all nations and backgrounds,” Del Missier explained. “This is truly what makes Cambrian and Sudbury a special place to study in Canada. We will continue to uphold the standards that have brought our ISB rankings to this level, and look forward to achieving continued positive results for many years to come.”
Cambrian a "good place to be"
Laura Antunez, an international student from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, who is in her second semester of Cambrian’s Business Administration program, says Cambrian is simply a good place to be. “My experience at Cambrian, and in Sudbury, has been amazing,” Antunez said.
The International department has been incredibly supportive from the moment I landed in Canada, to my first weeks on campus, and still in the midst of my studies. The environment is just so welcoming. People are always willing to help and guide you. The campus is the perfect place to study, work, and hang-out with friends. My parents feel so much better knowing I am safe, and supported here, especially as they are so far away.
Cambrian continues to welcome international students year-round for a variety of academic programs, including language training and more than 80 full-time diploma, degree, and certificate programs. International students who would like to learn more about the College, its programs, services, and admissions information are encouraged to visit cambriancollege.ca/international.
Sonia Del Missier
Vice President, International, Applied Research, and Business Development
705-566-8101, ext. 7794
705-566-8101, ext. 6375