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Wednesday, March 27th, 2002

Issue 2.11 March 27, 2002






Germany is getting very serious about attracting foreign students.

It’s all part of the country’s push to add educated and skilled people to its work force. Last November, an education fair in New Delhi was opened by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. A dozen universities participated with most of them offering instruction in German and English. Germany’s public universities do not charge tuition and are extremely cost attractive. As well, Germany is about to introduce a new bill in its parliament which will give the country its first ever comprehensive immigration law.

Schroeder’s Social Democratic party sees the combination of the new bill and the new initiative to market German education as critical in maintaining the country’s competitive edge in the new century. The hope is for graduates to stay on and work in Germany, a strategy which Canada is yet to articulate in a comprehensive manner.


Have you considered recruiting students more extensively in Indonesia?

Indonesian high school programs offer a mixed bag in terms of their suitability to Canada’s higher education system. On the one hand, high school academic programs offer mathematics as well as other sciences at a generally high standard. This is particularly true of the various private systems in major cities, which cater to those students of Chinese (not Pribumi: ethnic Indonesian) ancestry.

On the other hand, programs offered in English medium are rare. This means fluency of the kind commonly achieved in Commonwealth countries is much less encountered. However, English is widely taught in Indonesian high schools and many ESL agencies exist in major cities catering to a keen interest in improving English proficiency.

Are you fearful of what you perceive to be political instability in Indonesia? On several business trips to this country, our Chief Ideas Officer, Dani Zaretsky, has indeed encountered some level of political unrest, mostly in the form of street demonstrations. It would be a mistake, however, to take these isolated experiences as indicative of the level of risk that a Canadian encounters there.

For more information on the Indonesian market, contact Dani at


Following up on last week’s issues of working with agents in China, we focus on the initial strategic decisions that must be contemplated in connection with China as a whole.

Is China a country one wishes to engage in an active strategy? If so, should the strategy be restricted to student recruitment or extend to other potential arenas such as faculty research, student exchanges, development projects, or others?

Should the strategy focus on a centre or region of China or on a wider segment of the country?
Should the student recruitment component focus on undergraduate or graduate level programs, or both?

Does one have the necessary infrastructure to serve students’ language proficiency needs?
How flexible can one be in accommodating the particular needs, linguistic or otherwise, of students from China?

Does one have the budget to travel to China regularly to monitor the sources of students, meet with key players, contacts and agents, if any, and otherwise directly oversee the implementation of the strategy?

To what extent is there a plan in place to develop the necessary expertise regarding student qualifications including the range of source institutions and qualities, the differing probabilities of obtaining student authorizations for students depending on the region of origin, the potential types of abuses or misrepresentations that might be encountered, and the regulatory parameters for foreign institutions to recruit on-the-ground in China?


Trying to use a keyboard overseas may result in a frustrating experience. For example, important keys may be hard to find on a French or Spanish keyboard, let alone a Chinese or Korean one! Here are a few tips to help you out. As a general rule, pressing ALT and 64 (from the number keys on the right of the keyboard) will get you the @ symbol. On a French keyboard, the question mark sign is obtained by hitting Shift and the number 6 key. An apostrophe is obtained with Shift and the comma key.

For more information on using a Frech or Spanish keyboard, contact Isabelle at

Please direct all questions and comments to Isabelle Faucher:
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