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Eight years ago, Muzyka arrived in Vancouver to take command of the business school at UBC. Muzyka, recruited from the prestigious INSEAD business school in France, intended great things for the Sauder School of Business and its hometown, Vancouver. Admittedly...
Squat concrete- block warehouses secured with razor-wire fences and steel-mesh windows stretch off into the morning light. Many appear deserted, with dust on windows and doorsills, garbage in the alley. In the doorway of one of several shabby houses, some dishevelled men gather to deal in drugs.
B.C. has long been a mecca for overseas students looking for a safe, modern, ethnically diverse place to study and soak up western culture. But in the past five years, private colleges have morphed into an unregulated free-for-all where colleges and ESL schools go bust over night, leaving the former inhabitants of the classroom in chaos.