Wednesday, January 30th, 2002
LET’S GO CANADA
Our office in New Delhi has been following the latest developments in distance education in India.
The British Council has been very active in the promotion of its “Get Connected” programme – an initiative to forge partnerships between British and Indian industry and educational institutions. Two seminars, to be held between February 4-6 in Delhi and February 7-9 in Chennai, are entitled “A Seminar on Distance Learn- ing: New Technologies and Opportunities”.
More information is available on the official website: www.getconnecteduki.com. The website also contains a report by Arthur Andersen profiling the Indian telecommunications sector.
The University of Natal provides students with an opportunity to study in South Africa as an exchange student for a semester. The university is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence in Africa and a leader in multi-disciplinary studies, offering a range of under- graduate and postgraduate programmes in 10 faculties and 44 Schools.
Where an agreement exists between an institution and the University of Natal, exchange candidates will be guaranteed tuition waivers and, in some cases, accommodation and meals. As a matter of policy, exchange students are required to choose courses that will earn them credit on return to their home institution.
Students who embark on the exchange programme have an opportunity to live and study with other people across cultural barriers. While it is an academic exchange, the programme provides a platform for integration into a new society.
Contact Dr. Roshen Kishun, Director of the International Office, at email@example.com. Find out more about the University of Natal by visiting their website at www.nu.ac.za, or get detailed templates of agreement documents related to student exchanges from http://www.und.ac.za/ und/is/index.html.
OVER THE COUNTER
The Ministry of Education in China has launched an Internet system to be used in the verification of academic certificates issued by the nation’s higher learning institutes.
Electronically registered certificates are created from the diplomas of graduates and of students just beginning their studies. Certificates from all institutes of higher learning, including adult learning institutes, scientific research institutes and military academies, will be registered.
Information currently available on the Internet includes the profile of nearly 2 million university graduates. The local MOE is further planning to index the certificates of all higher education graduates, as well as archiving certificates issued between 1991 to 2000.
A full article can be found at: http://www.edu.cn/ 20011221/3014910.shtml (text is in english). The online site for this verification initiative can be found at http:/ /www.chinadaxuesheng.com/ (text is in Chinese).
Here are a few essential tools that one must be equipped with before travelling: