Wednesday, June 11th, 2003
New International Numbers Unavailable
Malaysia Has Designs On Middle East, China, Indonesia
Degrees For Sale
On-Site: Locating Institutions When On Tour
LET’S GO CANADA – New International Numbers Unavailable
As a result of government cutbacks and a perceived low priority, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) has not made a new set of international student numbers (in Canada) available since the year 1998. Higher-Edge recently spoke with Sylvie Bonhomme, Media Representative for StatsCan. “There have been problems with data reconciliation and clean-up”, indicated Ms. Bonhomme, adding that the government has not expressed a commitment to getting the programme up and running again.
Ms. Bonhomme stated that while previous surveys have been distilled into the Enhanced Student Information System, containing relevant international student data from universities, colleges and vocational institutions, some “production and historical data problems” remain. “(StatsCan) plans on publishing data regarding universities next fall, and community and vocational colleges next winter. (Information on) elementary and secondary schools will not be made available.” Ms. Bonhomme added that data for future surveys will be gathered directly from universities and colleges, in addition to the data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Malaysia Has Designs On Middle East, China, Indonesia
In an unbridled attempt to attract 50,000 international students by 2010, the Malaysian Ministry of Education (MOE) aims to actively recruit students from Middle East countries, China, and Indonesia. A 23 person delegation from the Malaysia Multimedia University is set to tour various Iranian universities in June. The group is also arranging to meet the Iranian Minister of Higher Education, Research and Technology, to discuss overarching co-operation plans between the two nations.
The MOE has also recently announced plans to establish a “Malaysia Council”, which would have functions somewhat akin to the British Council. Plans remain quite preliminary, with the Malaysia Council planning to send attachés to Saudi Arabia, China and Indonesia in the near future.
OVER THE COUNTER – Degrees For Sale
Authorities in Australia are currently aware of 40 organizations providing bogus degrees or selling qualifications, and aim to step up measures to protect the nation’s legitimate education providers.
Such tactics include an information website, as well as a register listing legitimate institutions, to be made available to education providers and students. The Ministry of Education is also poised to produce “Is That Degree Genuine?”, an information package providing instruction on identifying fake degrees, for distribution in Australia’s education institutions. In addition, the fines for organizations generating fake degrees will be increased from $550 AUD to a maximum of $22,000 AUD. The Government also aims to enact stricter guidelines such as new approval and re-accreditation processes for the nation’s unaccredited institutions.
GLOBE TIPPING – On-Site: Locating Institutions When On Tour
When travelling to a meeting or presentation at an institution abroad, it can be extremely helpful to have a detailed map to show one’s driver. Institutions in several countries where navigating travel can be difficult, for example, in urban and rural China, post maps in English for downloading of their websites. The following is a sampling of Malaysian institutions which provide maps and addresses on their websites:
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