Wednesday, April 16th, 2003
Canadian School Students From India Not Going To Canada
Malaysian Universities to Limit Intake of SPM Students
Indonesia Embassy in U.S. Dealing With NSEERS
Complimentary Hotel Vouchers While Transiting through Turkey
LET’S GO CANADA – Canadian School Students From India Not Going To Canada
Despite offering an Ontario high school program and diploma, graduates of the Canadian School of India (CSI) in Bangalore do not continue their education in Canada. According to CSI Guidance Counsellor Al Chatterjee – last summer 18 CSI students applied to Canadian universities and none went to Canada.“They went to Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.,” says Chatterjee. He reports that Canadian universities issue late admissions decisions, send admission packages by regular mail (which get lost) and also demand TOEFL testing from his students, which is not required by the Americans and British institutions.
CSI Principal Alf Mallin recently explained the situation to Canada’s Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific David Kilgour.“When I told Mr. Kilgour that none of my students go to Canada for further studies, he was shocked,” Mallin says. Mallin states that the most helpful organization to his students is Australia’s IDP recruiting office.“The relationship with the Aussies is fruitful and positive. The Canadian Education Centre in New Delhi is not helpful to us,” Mallin said. In response, CEC Delhi Manager Hazel Siromoni told Higher-Edge there has been little communication with her office and CSI.“We have not been to Bangalore since the year 2000,” said Ms. Siromoni. The CEC India office has also not been to Kolkata since 2000.
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Malaysian Universities to Limit Intake of SPM Students
According to a recent Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) pronouncement,SPMgraduates(equivalenttoOLevels,orgrade 10/11) will no longer be accepted into Malaysia’s institutions of higher education. The general complaints have been that SPM graduates are generally immature and of lower quality than STPM students (equivalent to A Levels, or grade 12/13).
Dr. Molly Lee, Associate Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia School of Educational Studies (Penang) reported to Higher-Edge recently that, due to the flailing economy, there are currently 40,000 unemployed graduates in the country.“Restricting first year intake to STPM holders would help to slow down the flow of new graduates into the job market,” she speculated.
Whether or not the new MOE statement will have much bearing is an open question.Mr.Leecen Hoh,a professional working with an established private college in Malaysia, offers a perspective from the ground.In a statement to Higher-Edge,he indicated that colleges and schools are protesting this move. Further, until the government issues a firm statement on the said issue, Mr. Hoh feels that“like many of (the) government’s proposed policies and rules, this will die off quietly.”
OVER THE COUNTER – Indonesia Embassy in U.S. Dealing With NSEERS
Higher-Edge spoke with Suhardjono Sastromihardjo, Counselor for Press and Information for the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., this week regarding the INS’ National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS), applicable to all Indonesian nationals in the U.S.
“Fortunately,” he reports, “Indonesian students have had a minimum amount of problems concerning the NSEERS program. Usually they are very well documented.”The problem has to do with those who overstay, and most of those are not students, according to Mr.Sastromihardjo.Also,he said,Indonesian students are motivated to return home with a U.S. diploma as it allows generally them to find good jobs.
In an effort to assist in the registration process, the embassy currently provides a minivan service that transports Indonesian nationals to INS centres. A representative from the embassy accompanies them and provides translation for interviews, and any other assistance.In addition,a 24-hour hotline number offer- ing legal advice and assistance is available to interested parties
GLOBE TIPPING – Complimentary Hotel Vouchers While Transiting through Turkey
With part of the city in Europe and part in Asia – Istanbul,Turkey has traditionally been an important travel hub for movement across the two continents.Travellers who are transiting through Istanbul may experience layovers which require several hours or one night in a hotel. If flying Turkish Airlines, ask for a complimentary hotel voucher along with the air ticket. While Turkish entry visas are issued on arrival at the Istanbul airport,they do not come cheap. It is $45 USD (approximately $65 CAD) for Canadians to enter Turkey regardless if it is a matter of a few hours in between flights.“If you enter for one minute, you have to pay the visa fee,” an immigration officer told Higher-Edge at the Istanbul airport this past weekend.