Nipissing University may be feeling a slight impact from the Saudi Arabia-Canadian impasse that has led to the middle eastern nation recalling all Saudi Arabian students attending university/college in Canada.
“There are two distance ed students (taking courses off campus, in another city) who may be impacted,” stated Bob Pipe, communications officer at Nipissing University.
“We have reached out to contact the students, but don't have any more information at this time. Of course, we will do all we can to help the students who are impacted.”
Canadore College does not expect to be impacted.
“After looking into this issue, I can tell you that Canadore will be unaffected seeing as we had no Saudi applications or registrations this year,” stated Jessica Charette, Communications and Public Relations at Canadore College.
Saudi students in Canadian universities have been given four weeks to pack their bags and leave the country, two senior university officials said Tuesday.
The planned recall of students comes after Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic relations with Canada on Sunday in response to a tweet from Global Affairs Canada that criticized the Saudis for the arrest of female social activists.
Universities across the country were scrambling to get information after Saudi Arabia suspended scholarships to Canada and planned to relocate its students already here.
Reports indicate Saudi Arabia would cancel scholarships for more than 15,000 students currently attending school in Canada.