About the CPIEAs


We should all have an interest in international education. Beyond the cultural benefits the statistics are staggering. According to a Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) report the numbers of “internationally mobile” students in 2014 were 5 million, with this number expected to reach 7 million by 2022. Just to underscore the scale of potential growth in this sector, an International Consultants for Education and Fairs (ICEF) report suggested that this 5 million students represented a tripling of global international student enrolment since 1990.


So what is the direct impact of these student numbers? In Canada, approximately $8 billion is derived annually from international student expenditures, while also creating over 81,000 jobs and generating more than $445 million in government revenue, according to the CBIE.

A 2011 Global Affairs Canada report commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade even found that, “The spending of international students in Canada in 2010 was greater than total Canadian exports of unwrought aluminum ($6.0 billion) or helicopters, airplanes and spacecraft ($6.9 billion).”

The numbers are as dramatic in the United States. In 2015, the Institute of International Education reported a U.S. Department of Commerce study that estimated the contribution of international students to the American economy at more than $30.5 billion. During this same period, a NAFSA analysis found that this $30.5 billion figure represented 974,926 international students, leading directly to 373,000 jobs.


The economic benefits are clear, but there are others. Global Affairs Canada views the internationalization of education as, “the process of bringing an international dimension into the teaching, research and service activities of Canadian institutions.” They add, “By engaging in international education, Canada advances its own public diplomacy goals and prosperity while supporting the growth of the global knowledge economy.”

As Mohamed Abdel-Kader, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International & Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department of Education wrote in one blog post, “For students who study a different part of the world, speak a second language, or study abroad, the experience can lead to a better appreciation of the complexity, challenges, and ambiguity, as well as the opportunities, of life in the 21st century. These skills and aptitudes contribute to our young people‚Äôs global competency.”

First of its kind

It’s against this multi-layered backdrop of education, culture and economics that the first of their kind Canadian Premier International Education Awards (CPIEA) were born. With an express vision of “A World Where Education is Valued and Celebrated,” and a mission “To Recognize the People Who Make Education Their Mission,” the CPIEA’s highlight the efforts and dedication of those affecting positive change in the industry.