While students from China still represent the largest international student demographic at UBC, the university’s annual enrolment report has found that students from India represent the fastest growing international group.
According to the report, Indian enrolment in undergraduate programs at the Vancouver campus increased from 200 students in 2013/14 to 726 students in 2017/18 – an increase of 263%.
This was the biggest increase in both the undergraduate and graduate programs across the board from any international student group.
And while Chinese enrolment at the university’s Vancouver campus still leads the pack with a total enrolment of 4,406 students, this only represents a 147% increase from the 1,784 students that were enrolled in 2013/14.
UBC said that in 2017/18 UBC’s international students at both its Vancouver and Okanagan campus combined were citizens of over 160 countries.
A total of 162 countries were represented by 14,685 students on the Vancouver campus in 2017/18.
In total, Vancouver campus enrolment in 2017/18 grew to 55,780 students – an increase of 3% over the previous year. The number of graduate students increased by 2% over 2016/17.
Last fall, UBC was ranked Canada’s second best university in a report by US News. The media organization placed the university as the 29th best in the world.
The top spot in Canada was clinched by the University of Toronto for the fifth year in a row. The report names U of T as the 20th overall in the world.
The annual evaluation looks at 1,250 schools in 75 countries, and judges research-intensive universities across “teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.”