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Wednesday, September 25th, 2002

Issue 2.27 September 25, 2002






Australian education exports continue to grow.

Recently released figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that in 2001/2002, education as an export industry for Australia was worth $4.154 billion – an increase of 2.9 percent on the previous financial year.

IDP Education Australia’s Chief Executive, Ms Lindy Hyam, said education remained Australia’s third largest export service industry, after tourism and transportation services. She added that while the events of September 11 had clearly had an impact on the export of Australian services, the economic effect on the international education industry in Australia had not been as bad as some had feared it might.

“Even in times of global uncertainty, international education remains an important priority for students around the world. The strength of the international education industry is also reflected in the latest IDP statistics which show that international student numbers at Australian universities grew to a record 150,500 in Semester 1, 2002, representing an annual growth rate of 18.7 percent,” she said.

Back here, according to the latest National Report on International Students in Canada, published by CBIE, for the year 1999/2000, some sectors, such as graduate level enrolments, stagnated and some markets, such as Asia, declined.



Higher-Edge CIO Dani Zaretsky and Research Analyst Isabelle Faucher are attending the National Association for College Admission Counselling (NACAC)’s 58th National Conference in Salt Lake City, September 26 – 28. More than 4000 admission and counseling professionals from the U.S. and elsewhere are taking part in the event.

The Conference Program includes an important international component, which features sessions on topics such as access to international education, making the best of overseas education fairs, and basic concepts in the analysis and evaluation of foreign academic transcripts.

Isabelle and Dani are staffing Higher-Edge’s own booth in the conference’s exhibitor hall. Stay tuned as they report on the event next week.


Last week O&O reported on the difficulties facing admissions officers in understanding the Indian education system and interpreting credentials, in particular issue pertaining to suspicious high school board certificates.

Delhi-based Higher-Edge staffer Luciana Rodrigues learned from representatives of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) (India’s largest and most important School Board) that the most common fraud cases CBSE staff encounter are fake mark-sheets from people seeking ways to go abroad on a student visa, but not intending to study. They noted that this has particularly been a problem for Australian institutions.

CBSE representatives also clarified that no open school board (boards that use non-traditional learning methods such as self- instruction and distance learning) in India issues the “All India Secondary School Certificate” (CBSE). Rather, the National Open School issues class 12 certificates through home study.

The CBSE keeps a thorough record of all the fake boards identified throughout the year. For 2001, this list includes the All India Board of Secondary Education, Ghazipur, Delhi and the Board of Adult Education, among others.


The September 17 issue of the New York Times includes an entertaining article on avoiding business Faux Pas in Japan. Some of the tips regarding card etiquette are quoted below.

Something as seemingly inconsequential as the mishandling of a business card can be a deal killer in Japan. In a traditional country where rules are often bent for foreigners, it pays to know that a business card should not be bent — that this elegant, portable extension of the soul should not serve double duty as a tooth pick.

Arriving in Japan without an ample stock of business cards is akin to arriving barefoot, and central to card etiquette is giving and receiving the card with a proper level of solemnity. Cards should be studied, not shoved in a pocket without a glance.

Card etiquette also includes refraining from scribbling little identifying notes on cards, like “short,” or “white shirt” or “glasses.”

The complete article can be found at

Please direct all questions and comments to Isabelle Faucher:
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