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December 7, 2021 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Global Affairs Canada

Recognized as one of the top countries in the world for the quality of its education programs, Canada’s participation in Expo’s Knowledge & Learning Week will offer insight into the exceptional study opportunities the country offers, and shine a spotlight on its innovative contributions to global education.

The Expo’s Knowledge & Learning Week, running from 12th to 18th December 2021, features several activities in which Canada will participate, including the ReWirED Summit, a global conference focused on redefining education to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for all, and the “Women in STEM’’ art exhibit displayed outside of the Canada Pavilion, that celebrates their contribution to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Canada’s Expo 2020 theme “The Future in Mind” provides a platform to highlight the country’s credentials at all levels of education, and the reasons for which it is chosen as a study destination by more than half a million international students annually. Canada’s higher education system ranks 7th in the world, with more than 16,000 university and 8,000 college programs offered across the country.

During the week, the Canada pavilion will launch its second exposition – Women in STEM – in collaboration with Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation highlighting the leadership of Canadian women innovators, researchers and scientists throughout history, and their greatest contributions to date in resolving pressing challenges like cancer research, Arctic issues, climate change, and accessibility rights. The exhibit also celebrates the human diversity within Canada’s STEM fields and Canadian society at large.

With more than 250 ethnic origins and 200 languages from around the world along with 60 Indigenous languages spoken, Canada welcomes international students to its open, stable, safe, and culturally diverse and inclusive society that allows equitable opportunities for all.

Canada’s leadership in online and distance education also positioned it well to navigate the global disruption to education, from kindergarten to post graduate studies, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The past 15 years have seen significant growth in the number of Middle Eastern students choosing to complete their education in Canada. From K-12 studies to language schools, colleges and universities, students find quality education across all levels. With eight universities in the top tier of international rankings, the cost of university education in Canada is affordable. Canada continues to grow as the preferred choice for tens of thousands of students from across the Middle East, who appreciate the value added of an internationally recognized education in broadening career opportunities.


“International students contribute to knowledge exchange and disseminating new innovative ideas around the world. In Canada, students and researchers get a world-class experience helping them prepare for future challenges and career opportunities. It’s not surprising that so many international students continue to choose Canada for their studies.”

Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General – Expo 2020 Dubai

Quick Facts:

  • Canada is a land of endless possibilities. In 2020, over 730,000 international students chose Canada as their study destination.
  • Canada ranks in first place globally for the best quality of life (U.S. News & World Report, 2021).
  • Canada ranks third among the world’s best countries to start a career (CEO World, 2020)
  • Canada ranks in fourth place among the world’s best countries for international students (CEOWorld Magazine, 2021)
  • Canada is an affordable option. Tuition fees are generally lower than colleges and universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States (QS Top Universities, 2018).

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Canada Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
“Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. Canada’s participation highlights Canadian leadership in key sectors, including artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, education, digitization, telemedicine, clean technology, agriculture, health sciences, aerospace and more. Canada’s approach to Expo 2020 Dubai is inspired by our core values of diversity, inclusion, human rights and gender equality as the foundation to building a prosperous and inclusive nation capable and intent on offering solutions to global challenges.”

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About Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Ingenium oversees three national museums of science and innovation in Ottawa – the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum— and the new lngenium Centre, which houses an exceptional collection, research institute, and digital innovation lab.

lngenium takes science engagement to the next level by co-creating participatory experiences, acting as community hubs and connectors, helping Canadians contribute to solving global challenges, and creating a collective impact which extends far beyond the physical spaces of our museums.

Ingenium is a vital link between science and society. Our engaging digital content, outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and collaborative spaces help to educate, entertain, and engage audiences across Canada and around the world.



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