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Wednesday, February 13th, 2002

Issue 2.6 February 13, 2002






The British Council and the Council for International Education (UKCOSA) have put together a handbook for international student co-ordinators entitled “From Enquiry to Arrival.” This free publication is available for download from the Internet at http://

Although the information is tailored to administrators in the UK, general practices are transferable to the North American sphere. Topics covered range from an international student’s initial expression of interest to reception and orientation.

This document will particularly aid those seeking to implement greater accountability and transparency in the internationalization of their student bodies.


Kerry Mara, International Student Officer at the University of the South Pacific (USP), writes:

The University of the South Pacific, located in Suva, Fiji, offers international students the finest quality academics and a culturally diverse mix of students and staff. We are eager to host more Canadian students and invite you to contact us regarding opportunities.

USP programmes are valuable for a wide range of students, from the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences. USP also offers the chance for students to be immersed in local cultures. The relatively unspoiled natural environment offers ample opportunity for research and recreation. Moreover, despite their small size, the South Pacific nations have considerable political influence at the United Nations. Understanding these beautiful islands will not only enrich students personally, but will also give them a considerable advantage when it comes time to apply their university studies in the real world.

For more information on USP, please visit the website at or write to Kerry at


In November of 2001, the Canadian Visa Office in Lagos, Nigeria began accepting applications for non-immigrant visas including student authorizations.

David C. Dix, Commercial/Economic Counsellor at the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria, states that the Nigerian educational sector has incredible potential. In addition, he highlights Canada’s excellent reputation in Nigeria and Canada’s Commonwealth status as cards that play very well there.

The spectre of fraudulent misrepresentation, however, shadows the great potential of Nigeria as a student recruitment market. A potential solution to this, according to Dix, would be a greater emphasis on the importance of screening applicants as a few bad cases can readily destroy the accomplishments of hard work and invest- ment. Verification and rigorous follow-up with student candidates should be on the list of priorities.

For more information on the Nigerian education market, contact David C. Dix at


Navigating your way through the streets of Beijing may sound like a challenge but it is certainly worthwhile to explore various cost-effective options.

Metered taxis in the city generally come in three classes, each is accompanied by a particular fare which should be posted on a side window. The smaller cars go for roughly 1.20 RMB (Renminbi), while the larger options are roughly 2.00 RMB per segment. For non-metered cabs, do not hesitate to haggle and then to feign disinterest – this is sure to reduce the driver’s quoted price by a substantial amount.

The subway system is also an interesting and viable option, one can access most major sites in the city this way. A one-way fare goes for about 3.00 RMB and the trains are largely well maintained and safe. Route maps in English are usually available from hotels.

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