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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2002

Issue 2.3 January 23, 2002

LET’S GO CANADA

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

OVER THE COUNTER

GLOBE TIPPING


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This name change has been made to coincide with our “high-end” and “leading edge” in the canadian and international higher education marketplace.



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 glo- bal issues, and are able to make contacts 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.

The CIEE website can be found at http://www.ciee.org/. For more information about the program, write to ifds@ciee.org or call 1-800-40-STUDY ext. 2782.

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) is a not- for-profit foundation based in Switzerland that has 1,182 schools in 101 countries. The IBO offers three programmes to its member schools: the Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years Programmes. A wide range of services, such as curriculum and assessment development and teacher train- ing, are also offered to schools authorized to administer its programmes.

The IBO has increased access to its programmes and student records by offering its IB Diploma Programme curriculum materials and past exams online. As well, student transcripts are available for online viewing and downloading (with permission of the student) by education institutions. To register for this service, visit the official site at http://www.ibo.org/.

The website also has a listing of member IBO schools, as well as information on its programmes. In addition, universities and governments can now list their admission requirements and IB diploma recognition guidelines.

OVER THE COUNTER

Current processing times for student visa applications at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing are about four months upon receipt. The usual wait for applications through Hong Kong is a minimum of six weeks.

As a result, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that, effective January 01, 2002, the Canadian Consulate-General in Hong Kong will begin to handle student applications from those residing in the following ar- eas: Fujian Province, Guangdong Province, Guangxi Autonomous Region (Guangxi Zuangzu Zizhiqu), and Hainan Province. This in addition to the processing of applications from residents in the Hong Kong Special Administrative region and Macau Administrative region. Individu- als from other parts of China should continue to apply at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

Additional information can be accessed at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing website at http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/china-chine/visas/beijing-pekin/index.aspx?view=d, or the Canadian Consulate General (Hong Kong) website at http://www.dfait- maeci.gc.ca/dfait/missions/hongkong/immig/english/ p1152.html (Source: Canadian Embassy Beijing)

GLOBE TIPPING

Being prepared for medical emergencies during overseas travel excursions means more than purchasing a travel in- surance plan. The following organizations offer support services such as storing one’s medical history in a data- base and linking Canadians to English-speaking doctors in 125 countries. Health Canada also publishes travel health advisories for specific countries.

· Health Canada Travel Medicine Programme (TMP): http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/index-eng.php
· International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT): http://www.iamat.org/index.cfm
· Universal Medical History and Information Inc. (UMED): http://www.umedhistory.com/
· MedicAlert Canada: http://www.medicalert.ca/


Please direct all questions and comments to Jennifer Lim: jen@higher-edge.com
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