The World's Campus

Canada is a world leader in international education.
That’s changing the country – for better and for worse


The World’s Campus is an eye-opening account of how Canadians built a $22-billion international education industry, now even bigger than the country’s mighty lumber sector. It’s also the worrying tale of how colleges and universities have become addicted to the huge revenues provided by international student tuition to keep professors paid and buildings heated.

What’s included in the book?

There are 10 chapters, each covering a different issue and its impact on Canada and its taxpayers:

  1. International students are keeping Canada afloat
  2. Canada takes on the world – and wins
  3. Teaching English to the world
  4. Cape Breton University’s flood of international students
  5. Laurentian University can’t pay the bills
  6. Ontario colleges roll the dice on funding
  7. Canada’s housing crisis
  8. The experience of international students in Canada
  9. Quebec desperately wants international students – as long as they speak French
  10. The path forward

Who can benefit from reading the book?

International educators: In the book, the author describes how Canadians built a successful industry in all three sectors – post-secondary institutions, K-12 and English-language learning. By looking at examples from each sector, international educators can learn about strengthening their own organization.

College and school board administrators: International students have been a huge boon to post-secondary institutions and school districts. However, there are a number of risks associated with relying on international students. The author discusses ways to reduce risks and enhance benefits.

People interested in public policy: Both politicians and citizens will learn that international education is a vital sector for Canada’s future, employing thousands of well-educated Canadians. At the same time, we have become too reliant on international tuition to fund our post-secondary institutions. In the book, the author proposes solutions to this dilemma.


How do I get the book?

It’s available on Amazon or you can order it directly from the author by sending an email at doug (at)

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

“We really enjoyed reading your book and were amazed at how much we didn’t know about this subject. The numbers are staggering and it seems like schools and politicians are generally just happy to take advantage of many of the students who spend so much to come to Canada to study.”

“I couldn’t put it down. The book is full of information that I knew little about, as well as many fascinating personal stories. At times it reads like a first-class investigative journalist’s exposé.”

About the author

Doug Ronson is a veteran writer and international educator. For more than a decade, he has been blogging about how Canadians built a $22-billion industry, which is now even bigger than the mighty lumber sector.

Prior to entering the international education field, he was a writer and editor with the Whig-Standard newspaper in Kingston, Ontario.

He has written about international education for a wide range of publications, including the Toronto Star, The Record in Kitchener-Waterloo and the Victoria Times-Colonist. He is a regular contributor to the PIE News in London, England, the world’s leading source for international education news and analysis.

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