Seneca: A Premier International Higher Education Destination Creating Modern Day Centres of Excellence

Canada is an attractive international higher education location for students across the globe and the combination of first-rate higher education and a plethora of job opportunities has been a catalyst behind the growth of Canada as an elite higher education destination. The recent report which states that 642,480 foreign students are getting educated in various Canadian universities and colleges act as a testament that showcases the quality of education imparted in Canada.

Seneca is a prime example of how good higher education in Canada can be and why students from all four corners of the globe flock to Canadian shores to pursue their higher education. With campuses throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca's size and diversity give students the advantage of building networks through their partnerships with industry leaders, gaining hands-on skills by accessing cutting-edge technology, a variety of class sizes, and full-time, part-time and continuing education options. This has helped the institution to create an inclusive learning environment in which their students are equipped with the skills and experience required to thrive in the modern world.

Striving for Perfection
Seneca offers more than an education and the institution believes that education should be flexible and accessible. Seneca also employs various methods of teaching from in-class lectures and online learning to co-op and field placements in programs related to health sciences, applied arts, business, financial services and technology. Also, the institution offers degrees, graduate certificates, diplomas and certificates in more than 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Seneca prepares career-ready employees across various industry sectors.

Seneca's credentials are renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Co-op and work placements, applied research projects, entrepreneurial opportunities and the latest technology ensure that Seneca graduates are highly skilled and ready to work. When it comes to providing experiential learning opportunities for their students, Seneca provides Work-integrated learning (WIL) placements, which result from partnerships among Seneca and employers, who hire students giving them invaluable experience in their sectors. There are paid and unpaid field placements, as well as opportunities for students to take part in employer-led projects.

"A Seneca credential includes the theory and practical experience that employers value," said Seneca President David A gnew."Students benefit from work-integrated learning opportunities, expert faculty and a curriculum that is informed by industry."

For example, a graduate certificate from Seneca is the ideal choice for postsecondary graduates who want to pursue career-focused education and gain industry experience during their studies.
It can lead to career advancement or offer a pathway to a new career in just one year. Seneca graduate certificates feature a work component that provides invaluable professional experience and important industry contacts before graduation. Also, Seneca's four-year degree and two-and three-year diploma programs prepares students for careers in industries, ranging from health care and business to information technology, biochemistry and aviation.

A Quintessential International Higher Education Hub
Seneca faculty members are seasoned professionals who bring to the classroom extensive subject matter knowledge and experience in the field. They also work to provide students access to the networks necessary to land that first position and build the careers.

Seneca offers a comprehensive polytechnic education to 30,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students annually, including 10,000 international students from 170 countries. The institution has many resources available to help international students travel safely to Canada and adapt to anew climate, culture and academic environment.

David Agnew,President

For those students who need help with their courses, Seneca's academic advisors and learning centres provide workshops, tutoring, one-on-one sessions, exam preparation and online learning supports. As well, Seneca's Student Mentoring in Life & Education (SMILE) is a unique peer-to-peer mentoring program that connects newer students with a senior student in the same program area who can provide guidance. As well, each year, Seneca offers millions of dollars in scholarships and bursaries based on academic achievement and financial need. These awards range in value from $500 to $5,000 are awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.

During the current global COVID-19 pandemic, where education at all levels has been adversely affected, the Canadian government has granted Seneca approval to welcome international students into Canada. Asymptomatic international students who are in possession of a valid study permit or letter of introduction are able to come to Canada and study at Seneca. Aspiring students will need to comply with Seneca's approved COVID-19 readiness plan and complete a quarantine plan before attempting to travel to Canada.

Students who choose Seneca benefit from their student size and diversity, unique learning methods, various career-readiness programs and practical experience that they can gain during their time at the institute. By continuing to push the limits of contemporary higher education, Seneca is cementing their legacy as an elite international higher education destination.

David Agnew, President, Seneca
With extensive experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, David Agnew became the fifth president of Seneca in July 2009. Under his leadership, Seneca has experienced record growth in enrolment and expanded its offerings in both undergraduate and graduate programs. He was also the Secretary to the Cabinet and head of the public service in the Government of Ontario, Canada from 1992 to 1995 after serving as Principal Secretary to the Premier.