Fanshawe International
May 1, 2017

For the seventh consecutive year, an international study has declared Fanshawe College among the world's education leaders for student satisfaction.

According to results from the 2016 i-graduate International Student Barometer (ISB) survey results, Fanshawe ranked second in the world for student satisfaction with their overall learning experience, with an overall satisfaction rate of 92.1 per cent in the learning category. The College took the number one spot in the province in the same category, with an overall satisfaction rate of 92.0 per cent.

The ISB asks international students to rate their colleges in more than 70 different satisfaction benchmarks under broad categories related to learning, arrival services, support services and college life.

Overall, Fanshawe took eighth in the world for serving and satisfying its growing population of international students, beating out 174 other post-secondary institutions. On average, the College was rated fourth globally and second in Ontario in various learning metrics which assess faculty, curriculum, library and learning spaces and graduate employability.

Other notable results from the survey include:

  • 96.2 per cent satisfied with the campus environment (#3 in Ontario);
  • 90.4 per cent satisfied with the employability outcomes (#2 in Ontario and in the Global benchmark);
  • 90.3 per cent satisfied with the timing of application to offer (#2 in Ontario; #6 in the Global benchmark);
  • High levels of satisfaction were achieved in the rankings for cost of living and student services;
  • Faculty are consistently recognized for the contemporary nature of their knowledge, their organization and their assessment methods.

"This survey illustrates yet again that international students are some of our best ambassadors," said Wendy Curtis, Executive Director of the International Centre at Fanshawe College. "Our enrollment continues to climb, with 1,500 international students starting this past January, for a total of 3,500 international students at Fanshawe from more than 70 countries."

Globally, more than 159,000 students from 182 institutions worldwide – including 11 Ontario colleges – participated in the ISB survey, conducted by United Kingdom-based firm i-graduate International Insight. The most recent results come from students surveyed in fall 2016. At Fanshawe, 1,322 students responded, comprising about 53 per cent of Fanshawe's international student population.

This is the seventh year Fanshawe students have participated in the ISB, ranking the College among the top six in the world and among the top three in the province each year.

"Fanshawe is committed to providing a premier learning, student life and career preparation experience," says Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. "We work hard to ensure our international students have an exceptional time studying at Fanshawe and living in London. Year after year, these promising results show that our faculty and staff are doing a great job meeting their needs."

In 2015, improvements to the College's welcome, orientation, settlement and social activities helped contribute to increased satisfaction results in the arrival category. This year, the College continued to enhance arrival and settlement services and expand its Peer-to-Peer program, which connects local students with new international students.

"Fanshawe's Career Centre provided me excellent help in interview skills, resumé-writing and advice to get a good job. Also, the Learning Centre has excellent professionals to help students solve any questions related to their studies and has an excellent environment," said Josue Tao Chin Chou, a Brazilian student studying in level two of Fanshawe's Chemical Laboratory Technology - Science Laboratory advanced diploma.

Fanshawe College celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017. Fanshawe is one of Ontario's largest colleges, serving close to half a million students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people to unlock their potential and achieve success. The College attracts students from 70 countries every year and opens up a world of possibilities through more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programs, along with apprenticeship training.

The International Student Barometer (ISB) is an annual survey providing global benchmarks on international student satisfaction. The ISB is one of various tools and studies for the education sector delivered by i-graduate International Insight, based in the United Kingdom.

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