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Dubai disappoints at GETEX 2013.

April 29th, 2013

Despite Dubai’s rebounding economy, the 2013 edition of the GETEX education fair was a disappointment. Read More

Honeymoon + Ambulance = Bangladesh.

March 19th, 2013

It wasn’t at all an emergency, but my bride and I started out our honeymoon in an ambulance. Only in Bangladesh ! Read More

Back story: Fraud in Punjab board exams.

March 18th, 2013

Forty examination centres have been shuttered, teachers suspended, and frauds caught impersonating test takers. But the clean up of Punjab high school exams cheating needs to go back to first grade. Read More

Ghana’s “Double-Cohort”

March 18th, 2013

Having several decades of experience with the Ghanaian high school system, and a member of the CUAC’s global squad of counsellors – recruiting internationally-bound high school graduates this year is considerably unpleasant. Read More

Kenya: The worst, from the best

February 25th, 2013

The results of last year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams have been called into question by accusations of unethical practices at Kenya’s top primary academies. Read More

Kenyan challenge

February 22nd, 2013

It is a widely shared view in Kenya, that higher education will be a determinant factor for the country’s future. Read More

Web black out in India

February 17th, 2013

A notorious private business school in India has succeeded in getting an Indian court to censure on-line stories about it, resulting in several dozen blocked websites. Read More

Cheap Hotels, Expensive Lies.

December 10th, 2012

I’ve often wondered how these universities agree to work in such poor working conditions and environments which these agencies subject them to in the name of recruitment. Read More

Small steps forward. Educating Vietnamese children.

November 22nd, 2012

I remember when I was a child. It was about 23 years ago. Kindergartens in Vietnam were only small houses without toys or teaching materials. Read More

Waterloo officially dead in Dubai

November 13th, 2012

University of Waterloo’s Provost called it a “failed experiment”. But Waterloo Vice-President Academic Sallie Keller didn’t say how expensive was their dalliance with Dubai. Read More

Tales from Tehran: Our reeling rial.

November 4th, 2012

The Rial is our official currency in Iran and commonly referred to globally – but Iranians typically refer to the “Toman” which is equivalent to 10 Rials.

As the political situation declines day by day in Iran, there is no stability in the economy. Read More

Lies told to me by an Indian agent

February 9th, 2012

Each day working in this industry, teaches me more about the length people will go to – to lie to line their own pocketbooks.

My boss (Mel Broitman, you can read his blog on this site), asked me to call up an education agency in Punjab, which is also listed with a Canadian phone number and web address. It comes up very high in Google searches for “study in Canada” – so we wanted to know more about what kind of agency it is.
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Fairs for a fee in Dubai

January 24th, 2012

It’s not surprising that in a place openly promoting materialism and wealth as its raison d’etre, that if you want to talk to students about future studies, you’ll have to pay.
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Ambitious in Brazil. Opportunity for Canada.

January 11th, 2012

On July 26, 2011 the Brazilian government announced a grant of 75,000 scholarships to be managed by two Federal funding Agencies: CAPES and CNPq*. The funding program Read More

Dateline Beijing: Can foreign universities screen rigorously?

January 9th, 2012

Recently, I received a notice from an individual with GMAT Test Security. The email read in part:

The score was attained by a proxy test taker. The name of the test taker(s) and the registration ID(s) for that test are listed in the attached letter.
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For Four Years in India

December 14th, 2011

For those familiar with the system of undergraduate education in India, they are aware of it being out of sync with the system of Bachelor degrees prevalent in the USA or Canada. Both General and Honours degrees in India are three-year programs, with mandatory, pre-designed structured courses. Read More

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