Wednesday, August 13th, 2003
Showcasing Canadian Education
New Zealand an Unsafe Education Destination
South African Institutions Conduct Verification Work
Hiring A Driver in Nigeria
LET’S GO CANADA – Showcasing Canadian Education
Canadian Education Fair in Berlin and Munich (Germany)
November 04 and 06, 2003
For further details, contact Thilo Lenz, Public Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin: thilo.lenz@dfait- maeci.gc.ca. To register, contact the CUC: mail@cuc- berlin.org. Note that the deadline for registration is August 28, 2003.
EDUC-Canada 2003 in Amman (Jordan)
October 15-16, 2003
Contact Ms. Wafa Tabaishi, Commercial Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Jordan, for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registration in this event is August 15, 2003.
South American eLearning Trade Mission
September 20 to October 9, 2003
For details, contact Lisa McPhail, Senior Advisor with Industry Canada (IC), by phone at (613) 952-5475, or by email at email@example.com. Alternately, contact Marcel Belec, Senior Desk Officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), by phone at (613) 944-2419, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for participation is August 15, 2003.
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – New Zealand an Unsafe Education Destination
Recent releases made by the Chinese government indicate it perceives New Zealand as an unsafe study destination for its youth. Of late, the minor criminal activities attributed to some of the 31,000 Chinese students studying in New Zealand have been getting wide coverage in Chinese media, causing New Zealand education sector advocates to worry about their market’s reputation.
The New Zealand Education Ministry has recently announced revisions to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students for international student caregivers. For example, extending the Code to international students in short-term courses, and ensuring more stringent guidelines for accommodations and communication with guardians and parents who are overseas.
OVER THE COUNTER – South African Institutions Conduct Verification Work
A penchant for corruption, along with a high unemployment rate in South Africa, is blamed for the high incidences of individuals making misrepresentations regarding their educational qualifications. Sixteen leading higher education institutions in South Africa have undertaken their own verification work and found that 15 to 18% of candidates claim untruths with regards to their academic history. This trend is apparently growing stronger, with a 7% increase in the number of cases from 2001.
Institutions such as Unisa and Technikon Witwatersrand are said to be determined to screen all applicants for fraud. “It’s absolutely frightening”, said Susanne Taylor, an information specialist at Technikon Witwatersrand. “In a study of 29 human resource companies, everyone said [they] are aware of the problem, but often don’t check qualifications because it’s expensive and time consuming.”
GLOBE TIPPING – Hiring A Driver in Nigeria
Travel in Nigeria within Lagos, and between Lagos and Ibadan, can test even the best of planned itineraries. For example, Lagos – Ibadan by road can be a 2 to 6 hour affair, depending on the many forms of traffic tie-ups the road is notorious for. Within Lagos, travel times can similarly be wide ranging.
A suggestion is that a local driver, with expert knowledge of Lagos, be employed for one’s time in the Lagos – Ibadan area. Also, ensure that your meeting schedule has the benefit of someone familiar with the range of times it might require between meeting locales (keeping in mind not all local counterparts will be thoroughly informed in this regard).
Dani Zaretsky of Higher-Edge brings us in-depth reports from his recent visit to Nigeria. Keep posted for further insights in the following weeks.