Wednesday, May 21st, 2003
Canadian Education Fair in Egypt
Russians Active in Malaysia and India
MBA Quality in South Africa
Tips For Hotel Booking
LET’S GO CANADA – Canadian Education Fair in Egypt
After success in its first attempt last year, the Canadian Embassy in Cairo is holding its second Canadian Education Fair from October 11-13 this fall. At last October’s EDUC-Canada, a total of 24 Canadian educational institutions participated, making the event one of the leaders in 2002 as far as participation by Canadian schools. Canada’s national broadcaster (CBC Radio) featured last year’s Cairo Fair in a story on Canada’s potential to attract Arab students who worry about study and travel in the United States. Combining growing interest by the Department of Foreign Affairs and In- ternational Trade (DFAIT) to promote higher education with its own fairs and marketing efforts, and the excellent track record of the Cairo Embassy in building successful trade links, Cana- dian institutions may find a rich opportunity in Egypt to posi- tion themselves as very attractive study abroad destinations.
This year, event participants will have the opportunity to visit several secondary education institutions such as the Cairo American College, the British International School, and the Lycée Français. In addition, the Embassy will be available to facilitate meetings between Canadian institutions interested in forming partnerships with Egyptian institutions and companies.
For further details, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Second Secretary, Political/Economic)
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Russians Active in Malaysia and India
Prior to the break-up of the Soviet Union, thousands of students from the Indian subcontinent were studying, en masse, in the region. The newly-formed Russia, in an attempt seemingly to recapture past tradition, is being quite aggressive in its marketing campaign. Russia’s Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and Tula State University are among the institutions participating in a three week tour of Malaysian cities, for example. In India, the Russian Centre of Science and Culture of New Delhi recently held a press con-ference, lauding Russia as an education abroad destination.
MSU is currently in the process of obtaining official programme accreditation with the Malaysian Ministry of Education, and hopes this will be accomplished within six months’ time. This move is expected to add to the currently 400 Malaysian students enrolled in other Moscow universities.
OVER THE COUNTER – MBA Quality in South Africa
Joining in the increased global demand for an MBA education, South Africa experienced a reported 82% growth in the market between 1998 and 2000. In 2002, as many as 5,000 MBA students were registered in South Africa’s private institutions. In an attempt to address growing concerns surrounding the quality of the nation’s MBA programmes, South Africa’s Council on Higher Education (CHE) has implemented the MBA Re-Accreditation Process project.
Saleem Badat, Chief Executive Officer with the CHE, indicated to Higher-Edge that the nature of the demand for an MBA is leading to similar off-shoots targeted to specific fields. He stated that “the MBA may not necessarily be appropriate graduate education and training for senior management positions in all fields. However, high quality programs similar to the MBA that are appropriate for these (other) fields may either not exist or may not enjoy the reputational brand that the MBA enjoys, further intensifying the demand for an MBA qualification”.
The Re-Accreditation Process is to encompass the 54 MBA programmes offered in South Africa’s approximately 24 registered private and public higher education institutions, by means of surveys and site visits. Schools that do not pass the CHE’s set standards will be shut down by the end of the year and will have their accredited status revoked.
The Official CHE Website is at: http://www.che.org.za
GLOBE TIPPING – Tips For Hotel Booking
When making an investment to conduct ongoing work in a specific country, it is wise to compile a list of hotels that offer competitive rates at the outset. Sources on the internet include hotel chain and travel agency websites, the latter of which sometimes offer wholesale prices. If contacting a hotel in advance via email is not working out, try placing an international call. A $3 phone call could lead to great savings.
Upon arrival in the country, making local calls to other hotels is also a good way of finding other deals.