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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2002

Issue 2.19 May 22, 2002






Higher-Edge COO Mel Broitman reports that although Education New Zealand began marketing in India only about three years ago, it has quickly passed Canada in its recruitment efforts. Last year, 1500 student visas were issued to Indians for study in New Zealand, compared to approximately 1200 for Canada. New Zealand has 8 Universities.

The success is due in great part to the leadership and
financing of overseas recruitment initiatives by the government of New Zea- land. Now, however, the government is seeking contributory fund- ing of its initiatives from its institutions.

Campus Review, Australia’s Higher Education and Training Newspaper, reports in its latest issue that the New Zealand government has introduced a plan for a compulsory levy on education providers that receive international students.

According to Associate Minister of Education Steve Maharey, the levy would be used for quality assurance, promotion of New Zealand overseas as a place to study, and development of the export education industry.

The amount to be levied remains to be determined, but authorities have advanced a figure of 0.5 per cent of institutions’ growth in international student tuition fee income.

“The government had provided $4.6 million to export education since 2000 in order to encourage its success but it was now appropriate for education providers to contribute to the long-term success of the industry,” Maharey said.

The full article can be found at index.php3?id=5333.


Former US President Jimmy Carter was recently in Cuba on an invitation from Fidel Castro.

During a speech at the University of Havana, he spoke of his vision of future relations between the United States and Cuba, urging the US Congress to lift the embargo on the island and allow free movement between the peoples of the two countries.

Carter emphasized the need for more exchange programs between US universities and Cuban counterparts. “I want a massive student exchange between our universities.”

Last week we reported on a Bill in Congress to fund student exchanges with the Islamic world. It is probably only a matter of time before Carter’s call for student exchanges with Cuba is heeded, with the full financing necessary to make it successful.

Will Canada take the necessary steps, such as greater financing of student exchanges, so as to actively preserve its special relationship with the Cuban people?


On Thursday, May 9, 2002, the Times News Network of India reported that police had uncovered a racket in fake education certificates in Timarpur, Delhi.

The alleged perpetrator had unsuccessfully contested the Delhi state assembly elections. He was charging up to Rs 20,000 (nearly $700) for fake Class 10 and Class 12 certificates. Part of the scheme involved setting up a fake education board: All India Board of Secondary Education, Delhi. The article reported that the police said the gang had a network of agents, spread across north India and other states.

We asked Higher-Edge staffer, Ms. Shipra Roy, of Kolkata to get some local perspective on this report. Shipra reports:

According to Mrs. Sudeshna Sengupta, an experienced educator and the Head of Class XI and XII programs at the highly reputed St. Xavier’s School, Kolkata, there are many of these fake Board cases. Sengupta urged that registrarial personnel investigate transcripts from Boards which are unheard of as, in most cases, these will turn out to be fictitious. She suggests corroboration with recognized Indian Boards like the CBSE. In next week’s issue, Higher-Edge’s Safeena Alarakahia will file a report from Delhi on her discussions on this point with the CBSE.


Be mindful of misunderstandings in citing the @ symbol when giving out your e-mail address in other countries.

Throughout our travels, Higher-Edge staff members have found that there are just about as many ways to name the @ symbol as there are countries in the world. Here’s how to verbalize the @ symbol in the following countries:
• In Canada we refer to @ as “at” or “a commercial” (Québec) • In France, it’s “arobas”
• In India and Bangladesh, it’s “at the rate of”
• In Switzerland, it’s “queue de singe” (monkey’s tail!)
• Ιn Sweden, it’s “snabela”– elephant’s trunk!

Please direct all questions and comments to Isabelle Faucher:
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