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An international student from the Philippines is receiving a little help from the Canadian college she is registered at during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camille Pulido is an international student from the Philippines, taking business marketing at Camosun College.

The college is helping their students cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like many international students, Pulido also works part-time in Canada, but has had her hours drastically cut due to the pandemic.

She is now doing most of her studies online. She has featured Camosun College’s efforts on her YouTube channel.

“It helped me a lot, not just for my necessary essentials,” Pulido told the Globe and Mail. “[They] were very helpful and showed they truly care for their students and don’t want them to feel lonely.”

Travel restrictions imposed by the Government of Canada have impacted international students like Pulido, some of whom were already in Canada when the pandemic hit. Others have started their studies back in their home countries while they wait for their documents to be processed.

Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs), Canadian colleges and universities authorized by the Government of Canada to accept international students, have see a steep decline in enrolment, with just 66,825 students this year so far, compared to 155,365 during the same time last year.

Many Visa Application Centres (VACs) around the world remain closed, including in major source countries such as India, Canada’s biggest source of international students.

Canada continued to ease travel restrictions on October 20, 2019, allowing more international students to enter.

DLIs like Camosun College provide virtual services to their international students, and have received assistance for CAD$500 gift cards for students, as well as everyday essentials.

Camosun College also helped out recently arrived international students with their quarantine plans by negotiating reduced hotel fees, giving them CAD$100 each for groceries.

“The experience they have now will influence who they are in the future and how they interact with Canada,” Christiaan Bernard, Camosun College’s recruitment director told Global News on the importance of taking care of their international students.

International students contribute CAD$21.6 billion a year to the Canadian economy.

For more information about Camosun College, click here.

SOURCE: GLOBE AND MAIL

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An international student from the Philippines has received the Dorothy J. Killiam Memorial Graduate Prize, a distinction that comes with a certificate and a cash prize worth CAD$5,000.00 (approximately PhP184,452.41)

WHO IS ALBERT REMUS ROSANA?

Albert Remus Rosana is an international student from the Philippines studying at the University of Alberta.

Rosana received his undergraduate degree in B. Sc. Biology Major in Microbiology from the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Banos in 2005 and his graduate degree in M. Sc. Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Alberta in 2013.

He was awarded the Dorothy J. Killiam Memorial Graduate Prize for his work titled: “Fatal Attraction: Evaluation and Engineering Insect-killing Molds for the Biocontrol of the Invasive Mountain Pine Beetle”.

Rosana is one of three Doctoral Laureates who received this year’s Dorothy J. Killiam Memorial Graduate Prize.

The other two recipients are Rezvaneh Erfani Hossein Pour of the Department of Sociology for her work titled: “Imagining a New Environmentalism: Social and Political Capacities of Environmental Activism in the Middle East” and Cassandra Wilkinson from the Department of Psychology for her work titled: “Cell Shrinkage after Severe Hemorrhagic Stroke”.

Each recipient will receive CAD$5,000 (approximately PhP184,452.41) to support their graduate studies.

WHAT IS ROSANA’S WORK ABOUT?

The Province of Alberta has spent more than CAD$500 million (approximately PhP18,454,948,400.00) trying to mitigate the spread of the mountain pine beetle, an invasive species that is killing off trees in Western Canadian forests.

Rosana and his group have found a way to use Beauverua bassiana, an insect-killing mold, as a biological control agent to curb the spread of mountain pine beetles in Western Canada. Their group engineered the mold to be fatal to mountain pine beetles.

In an interview with the University of Alberta, Rosana said that the recognition meant a lot to him.

“This helps in affirming the importance of our efforts, sacrifices and dreams. I think it also helps me highlight where I came from and provide inspiration to fellow graduate students, ” Rosana said.

WHAT IS THE DOROTHY J. KILLIAM MEMORIAL GRADUATE PRIZE?

Since 1967, the University of Alberta has received financial assistance from the Killiam Trust, which has provided more than CAD$127.3 million (approximately PhP4,698,629,862.64) in program funding to the University and its laureates.

The Dorothy J Killiam Memorial Graduate Prizes were created in 2002 in honour of Dorothy J. Killiam, wife of Izaak Walton Killiam.

Killiam built his fortune as an investor in utilities, as well as paper and pulp. When he died, he left all his money to his wife, Dorothy, who was able to double his fortune in ten years.

The Killiams did not have children of their own, so when Dorothy passed, her will established the Killiam Trusts, which provide funds to several educational institutions, including the University of Alberta.

The Prizes are awarded every year to the most outstanding recipients of the Izaak Walton Killiam Memorial Scholarship.

Three recipients are selected by the Graduate Scholarship Committee every year, with each recipient receiving CAD$5,000.00 and a certificate.

Prize recipients are selected on a number of criteria, including academic achievement, the submission of a research proposal, letters of recommendation and outstanding leadership qualities.

To learn more about the Killiam Trust, click here.

SOURCE: University of Alberta


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