Wednesday, December 12th, 2001
LET’S GO CANADA
We recently asked Dr. John Corlett, Administrative Dean/ Registrar at the University of Windsor, what the significance of internationalization is. The following is his response:
At the University of Windsor, Canada’s most southerly university, we live with our international identity each day. From my office on our campus, looking to the northeast, I can see the skyline of Detroit, Michigan. Looking to the northwest, I can see the Ambassador Bridge, the world’s busiest international border crossing, over which stream millions of people and billions of dollars in goods and services each year.
In less than four years, under the guidance of President Ross Paul, himself a dedicated internationalist and former president of the World University Services of Canada (WUSC), the University of Windsor has tripled its population of international students. It has greatly enhanced its student exchange programs with universities around the world. It has begun to forge global research and development partnerships with business, industry, governments, and educational institutions in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The international beat goes on every day and the excitement has never been greater.
At the heart of all the activity, though, is one important idea. To us, internationalization is about people. About bringing them together. About letting them learn from each other. About talking and listening to each other. Never has our internationalization mission been more important.
At this time of year, when major festivals of many faiths come together in time, let us commit ourselves to work- ing together for the greater good of all.
The Canadian Embassy in Manila is working with representatives of British, Australia and New Zealand education initiatives to organize a joint education fair in March of 2002. Please contact Trade Commissioner Ms. Rana Jaglal at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The website for the Canadian Embassy in Manila is at:
OVER THE COUNTER
“Buyer beware” is the mantra for those who use education agents – especially students who use agencies. Agents often charge students a few hundred dollars to process their applications. Some charge a thousand dollars. In few cases are the services provided more than simply sending an application to a foreign institution. But in the more nefarious examples (and there are many) agencies produce fraudulent academic documents to fool admissions offices and fake financial papers for visa applications. Of course, not all students are naive. Many purposely enlist agents who will “do the needful” (as is the expression) in preparing the “necessary” documentation.
Then there is the case of one very naive young man from India (a tale recently recounted for one of our reporters at the Canadian Club in New Delhi). The student applied through an agent for an Australian private institution which does not exist. When he got to Sydney and discovered his school was a sham, he called the cops. He was the rare exception. His countrymen who were also admitted and successful in entering Australia, knew full well that this was one of a growing number of education- illegal immigration scams.
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