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Wednesday, October 1st, 2003

Issue 3.26 October 1, 2003


Indonesia: Expansion Possibility


UK Schools Betting on Students


Choices For Canadian Universities


International Laptop Repairs

LET’S GO CANADA – Indonesia: Expansion Possibility

Indonesia seeks to improve its education system by drafting a new education law allowing local universities to partner with foreign learning institutions. The Ministry of Education hopes that major cities such as Jakarta would benefit from the opening of foreign branch campuses. If the law passes, the initiative would take on a three-fold approach: to improve the state of local universities, to improve the quality of human resources, and to limit the number of Indonesians studying abroad. Traditionally, Indonesians have not gone in significant numbers to Canada for study abroad. Thousands however go to Australia. But with recent friction between both nations (immigration/refugee tensions and backlash from the Bali bombing) and concerns regarding study in the US (Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population), Indonesians are not as keen to go abroad. For a Canadian institution willing to make the bold move to consider establishing an initiative in Indonesia, it could be embraced as a needed alternative and would face little competition at this time.

Source: (in english)

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – UK Schools Betting on Students

Critics in the United Kingdom claim that their universities are “gambling” instead of “selecting” students for admission, and are calling for changes to the university admissions process. Currently students send in their predicted final exam results and receive “conditional offers.” With universities selecting whom they suspect will be the better students, one editorial dubs the practice “a bizarre form of poker.” Proposed modifications include the introduction of aptitude tests, such as the SATs in the US, replacing the A-level letter grades with a percentage mark or even moving the application deadline to after final exam results are released. The last option presents logistical nightmares for British universities, who would have six weeks to process as many as 50,000 applicants. With more and more students becoming successful in their exams, one newspaper suggests “making exams harder – not trying to make everyone a winner.”

Source: “Ending ‘university blind date’,, BBC News, June 14, 2003,12900,1016645,00.html,6903,1020332,00.html

OVER THE COUNTER – Choices For Canadian Universities

For several weeks, the National Post has been hammering away at abuse of the student visa process. Strong criticism of Canadian immigration policies is not new to the pages of the Post. A September 25th article (“Sham visa schools on rise”) quotes a Vancouver-based lawyer who calls for a list of approved schools who would have the right to issue admission letters to foreign students. “We have enough trouble keeping shady characters from coming to Canada using the good schools,” was lawyer Richard Kurland’s more provocative statement.

On September 22nd (“Security experts leery”), the Post played upon national security fears in critiquing the recruitment of foreign students as a means of raising revenues at Canadian schools. “The economic benefits should not outweigh national security,” said Ross Moore, a former investigator with the RCMP’s immigration and passport section. At some point, Canadian institutions may have to decide if they wish to be more proactive in preventing abuse or find themselves in the situation as their colleagues in the U.S. – where the federal government has imposed a tracking system to audit foreign student enrollments. US institutions have proclaimed their confidentiality is compromised, but in the face of alarms over national security and the lack of accountability as to whom they invite to the country – they have little choice but to comply.

GLOBE TIPPING – International Laptop Repairs

If travelling with your laptop, one may be advised to purchase a warranty plan, and/or obtain the address of a repair centre in your destination city. Some companies, such as Toshiba(, have a listing of its repair centres worldwide. Others, such as Sony, provide free, but limited, repair services to certain countries. Its Travellers’ Overseas Repair Service( is valid for one year from the date of purchase. Finally, with Dell’s International Service Program(, one is advised to contact their customer care unit in order to determine if, or which, repair services for their particular model is available in their destination city.

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