Wednesday, January 16th, 2002
LET’S GO CANADA
The Council for International Education Exchange (CIEE), in partnership with various overseas education institutions, administers the International Faculty Development Seminars.
The programme includes a short-term placement (1- 2 weeks) in an overseas community.
Participants are exposed to global issues, and are able to make con- tacts with peers in the local scholarly community. Lectures, site visits, study tours and academic interchanges are integrated into this period abroad. Upon return, participants are expected to be in a better position to contextualize their efforts within the broader global picture, and to incorporate international perspectives into their research.
Eligibility extends to faculty and administrators at two to four year higher education institutions. The programme is relevant to those engaged in study abroad and other international exchange endeavours.
The CIEE website can be found at www.ciee.org. For more information about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-40-STUDY ext. 2782. One can also subscribe to the IFDS On-Line News- letter by sending an email to the above address.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, a leading research university in the region, provides an ideal environment for students seeking to study abroad in Hong Kong. The International Asian Studies Programme of the University offers a mix of academic studies, informal learning opportunities, extracurricular activities, and immersion into Hong Kong culture and life. Students are also able to use this opportunity to explore other parts of Asia. Enrolment runs for one academic term to a year.
Since 1976, over 2000 students have participated in this programme. Students come from universities around the world including the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia in Canada, the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University in the United States, and Kansai Gaidai University in Japan.
For more information on this study abroad experience, please contact Shally Fan, Senior Programme Officer: Shallyfan@cuhk.edu.hk
OVER THE COUNTER
The China Women’s News reported in an October 2001 study that two hundred out of 300 academic certificates were fake. These statistics were derived from a checking system launched in Anhui province.
Such numbers comport with the message delivered by the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship (CIC) department. The CIC recently stated that they conducted 378 on site visits in the PRC to verify documents from 1999 to 2001. They found an overall fraud rate of documents for student applicants to be 59%. In Fujian province it was as high as 67%.
What is fuelling such a high rate of fraud ?
Many Chinese will do almost anything to leave the country and the response in the “marketplace” is an explosion of nefarious agencies charging thousands of dollars to prepare bogus papers.
It is likely to get a lot worse in the coming years.
To keep oneself updated on international holidays and religious observances, it is necessary to do some research. The following sites list various events and have been updated for 2002 and beyond.
• http://www.holidayfestival.com (holidays grouped by country, religion or month – institutional closures are also listed)
• http://www.intellicast.com/International/ InternationalHolidays/January/ (holidays listed by month)
• http://www.qicstat.com/Pages/30_world.html (searchable database of holidays)
• http://search.lycos.com/web?q=holidays+by+religion (holidays grouped by religion)