Encouraging Cultural Diversity in the Saguenay Region of Quebec

By Abderrahman Hassi and Giovanna Storti.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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With the advent of the information technology era, teaching seems to be one of the factors that determine development and prosperity in modern day societies. Teaching is also a contributing and important condition for maintaining harmony between countries. This conviction is supported by the globalization of economies and the creation of regional markets. The presence of international students on university campuses is profitable for both the host institution and the domestic students. This may be primarily attributed to the cultural diversity and positive economic impact that international students bring to the general context. Consequently, a vast number of questions emerge when addressing these specific issues. A significant question that initially arose during the study was: Where do the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) and the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean stand in comparison with the mobility of international students? First, the study dealt with the process of recruiting, welcoming and the integration of international students at the university and in the Saguenay region. Second, the research developed and proposed strategies that would enhance the enrollment of this category of students and make their integration process easier on multiple levels: academic integration (at the university), professional integration (at the workplace), and social integration (within the community). The research methodology consisted of a qualitative and quantitative approach. The study included semi-directed interviews to collect data on the recruiting, welcoming and integration process of international students. A number of different participants were interviewed from Student Services, the Registrar’s Office, the International Cooperation Bureau and the International Students’ Association to name a few. In respect to the qualitative surveys, four different questionnaires were distributed to international students, professors at the department of Economics and Business Administration, domestic students and business managers in the region.

Keywords: International Student Recruitment, Welcoming, Integration

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.51-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 511.748KB).

Abderrahman Hassi

Instructor, Corporate training, Jonquière College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Giovanna Storti

Lecturer, Humanities, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco


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