Wednesday, May 29th, 2002
LET’S GO CANADA
Over 1900 participants from a total of 71 countries converged on Lisbon for the third World Education Market (WEM) held last week in the Portuguese capital.
Among the many exhibitors and conference presenters at WEM was Dr. Brian Cook, Executive Director at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia. USQ is one of that country’s great success stories in recruiting thousands of international students. Mr. Cook, presenting on the approach that his institution has adopted to reach its lofty international goals, defined internationalization as “serious business”, and mentioned that his institution was looking for partnerships with private companies in this field.
USQ is a major player in the international student arena both through distance and Internet-based education, as well as with on-campus students. Mr. Cook told Higher-Edge that USQ is planning to take its aggressive recruiting strategies to Canada, in the hopes of attracting more Canadian students.
Higher-Edge participated at WEM as part of the “Canada Pavilion” sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Next week’s O&O will have a special report on WEM 2002.
The Inter-University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) is currently working out a viable mechanism for student exchange and credit transfer within universities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
According to China’s People Daily, under the program, an agreed number of students from a partner state will be able to study at a university in another East African state on a one-to-one basis in order to avoid the problem of lack of foreign exchange.
IUCEA is a successor to the Inter-University Committee for East Africa which operated under the auspices of the East Africa Community until the latter collapsed in 1977. Its objectives are to coordinate academic and research activities and assist universities to determine their training needs. The headquarters of the council are based in Kampala, Uganda.
Higher-Edge encourages Canadian institutions to establish more partnerships and exchanges of students and faculty with African organizations such as IUCEA, particularly in light of CBIE’s National Report on International Students in Canada 2000/01 launched last month, which pointed out the declining population of African students in Canada.
Source: “East African Universities Push Academic Exchange,” http://www.edu.cn/20020418/3025168.shtml
OVER THE COUNTER
Last week O&O reported that Indian police had uncovered a racket in fake education certificates in Timarpur, Delhi. The alleged perpetrator 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.
Higher-Edge Delhi-based staff Safeena Alarakhia, spoke with Mr. P.I. Sabo, Deputy Secretary, Examinations, at the Central Board of Secondary Education. The CBSE is the largest Board Examination in India. Mr. Sabo confirmed that there are many of these fake Board cases all over the country, and that admissions personnel should be particularly cautious concerning any suspect documentation.
Worries about Indian documentation is a hot topic at the NAFSA conference of International Educators this week in San Antonio, Texas. Higher-Edge COO Mel Broitman is attending and reports that the United States Education Foundation in India (USEFI) held two seminars on Indian credentials. When asked how to recognize fraudulent documents, USEFI India expert Ms. Vijaya Khandavilli said, “we don’t have an answer for this. We can try, but we can not make any promises.” There are 55,000 Indian students in the USA, and despite their extensive experience with these students, U.S. admissions officers at NAFSA are looking for ways to deal with a rise in fraudulent documentation from India.
Before travelling to East Asia, you should consider the following preventive health measures:
• seek advice from your physician on prevalent diseases in this region and consult 4-8 weeks prior to your departure about vaccination requirements
• update your medical kit and make sure it contains Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and some over-the-counter anti-diarrhoeal medicine
• bring some water disinfectant agent (e.g. iodine tablet) or water filters
• if travelling to countries at risk of Malaria and Dengue, bring along insect repellent containing a 30%-35% DEET (diethylmethyltoluamide) concentration
• while eating in East Asia, remember this: “Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it”