Updates at EduNova – September 1, 2022


Staffing update 

 We’d like to introduce everyone to our newest staff member — Madoka Imamura! Madoka recently joined EduNova as our administrative coordinator. We’re very excited to have her on board! 

 Madoka graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a background in psychology and French. She is originally from Japan and landed in Canada in 2012 to start her high school education. This year is her tenth anniversary of being a Haligonian! Through her direct experience as a graduate of the NSISP (Nova Scotia International Student Program), and as an alum and mentor of the Study and Stay – Nova Scotia Program, she hopes to contribute to the EduNova team by supporting international students with cultural transitions and helping them feel at home in Nova Scotia. She enjoys going for bike rides and exploring Halifax in her free time. If anyone sees a person biking throughout the winter, it could very well be Madoka.  

 Madoka can be reached at admin@edunova.ca. 




Study and Stay™ Entrepreneurship Program

We’re excited to announce that 32 international students from across the province recently completed the Study and Stay™ Entrepreneurship program. The program wrapped up after 14 weeks of training sessions and a program boot camp with an array of topics, including customer discovery, intellectual property, competition analysis and pitching. The students represented 12 countries and seven institutions across Nova Scotia. We are delighted with the support we received from our key partner and project lead – the Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre.  


Student recruitment kick-off event 

 Last Friday, we were thrilled to connect with many of our student recruitment committee members from across the province during an in-person student recruitment kick-off event.

The event was a wonderful opportunity to see both new and familiar faces representing 12 of our member institutions, and to discuss student recruitment plans for the upcoming year.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us for a fun-filled evening! 




EduNova in the news 

We recently announced the launch of a new Post-Graduation Immigration Support Program. The program, which is the first provincially funded initiative of its kind in Nova Scotia, aims to support and retain international graduates by providing detailed information on immigration pathway programs via a new iCent app and personalized immigration coaching post-graduation. 

 Several media outlets helped spread the word about this new program — including the PIE News and Education News Canada. View some of this coverage below:

The PIE News | Canada: EduNova launches graduate support program

Acadia University | EduNova to launch new Post-Graduation Immigration Support Program

Education News Canada | EduNova to launch new Post-Graduation Immigration Support Program 


Organizations in Nova Scotia’s post-secondary education sector work together to support Ukrainian students displaced by war 

 Displaced by the war in Ukraine, 18-year-old twins Mariia and Yuliia Lytvynchuk have secured spots at universities in Nova Scotia with the support of organizations and community members within the province’s post-secondary education sector. Their story speaks volumes about the generosity and compassion of Nova Scotians and the power of provincial and cross-sectoral collaboration.  

 Read their story here