Fewer students flocking to Maritime universities

(CP) - A report finds enrolment at Maritime universities shrank by 2.3 per cent in the 2015-16 school year from the previous year.

The report released yesterday by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission says enrolment was down in all three provinces -- for different reasons.

New Brunswick's 3.6 per cent decline was fuelled in part by a big drop in international students, Nova Scotia's enrolment fell 1.7 per cent mainly due to fewer students coming to study from elsewhere in the Maritimes, while enrolment fell two per cent in Prince Edward Island with the largest decrease among island residents.

The commission notes the population of 18- to 24-year-olds in the region shrank 2.2 per cent but says the decreases were largely the result of fewer Maritime residents choosing to enrol in the region's universities.