Wednesday, October 22nd, 2003
Visa Application Faster for Some Students
International Schools in Japan
Dealing With Student Fraud
LET’S GO CANADA – Visa Application Faster for Some Students
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Government of Alberta signed an agreement aimed at speeding up the visa application process for students applying from Asia. Students from Beijing and New Delhi (and in the future Ho Chi Minh City) can apply at the respective Canadian embassies, and will receive their visas within 28 days. This effort, according to Susan Scarlett, Media Spokesperson for the CIC, “ensures that international students continue to choose Canada as a premier destination for study abroad.” Additionally, international students who graduate from publicly funded institutions in Alberta will be allowed to work for two years in their fields (similar to the New Brunswick project signed earlier this year). Jennifer Humphries from the CBIE says, “In principle, these pilot projects are encouraging, but need to be expanded to the national level.” This agreement will go into effect April 1, 2004.
Source: “ Canada and Alberta sign agreements to attract more skilled immigrants and foreign students“, http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/press/03/0341-pre.html, CIC News Release, October 17, 2003
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – International Schools in Japan
International schools in Japan are gaining popularity amongst locals, as more parents are recognizing the importance of an education designed for the global environment. The Ministry of Education is responding to this increased interest by allowing graduates of such international schools to automatically sit entrance exams for national universities. This move is significant as these students previously were denied this opportunity, forced instead to take a daiken or eligibility test first. By granting only a select number of schools this distinction, critics charge that the government is taking a “piecemeal approach to internationalization.”
Higher-Edge CIO Dani Zaretsky, who recently toured Tokyo international schools, adds that this trend is a significant development. According to Dani, there is a growing flow of Japanese families that send their children to international schools with the intention that they study abroad, and not in Japan. Hence, he advises North American institutions to consider Japanese graduates from international schools as a growing source for student recruitment.
Source: “International schools attract interest in Japan“, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/EG30Dh01.html, Asia Times, July 30, 2003
“Conditions blur college ‘daiken’ waiver pro-pyongyang institutions may fall foul of new rules for ethnic schools“, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20030807b4.html, The Japan Times, August 7, 2003
OVER THE COUNTER – Dealing With Student Fraud
To deal with misrepresentation by students, higher education institutes need to be more proactive in verifying the authenticity of applicants. An example of institutions dealing with fraud can be found in New Zealand, where two Auckland universities work in conjunction with the police to deal with detecting the fabrication of language certificates. While these screening processes are useful, Higher-Edge CIO Dani Zaretsky offers a two-level approach to deal with these issues. At the higher educational level, there needs to be greater flow of information between visa officers and university staff regarding trends in misrepresentation. At the institutional level, audits on all products related to international student processing, as well as the development of a related policy manual should be considered. Dani will be covering these strategies and others at the 2003 Canadian Bureau of International Education Conference in Charlottetown, P.E.I. on October 26.
For a PDF copy of Dani’s presentation titled “Due Diligence and International Student Misrepresentation: Ensuring favourable policy and practice,” please contact: editor@higher- edge.com.
Source: “Overseas students pay thousands for fake certificates“,http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=3518676, The New Zealand Herald, August 19, 2003
GLOBE TIPPING – Superstitious Numbers
While the number 13 is considered unlucky in the West, different numbers elicit the same uneasiness in the rest of the world. Some Nigerians refuse to stay on the 4th floor of hotels, fearing they may be allocated 419 (now synonymous with the E-mail scam claiming to be from lawyers of a deposed dictator from Nigeria). The number 4 is also taboo for Chinese and Japanese travelers. “Shi” sounds like the word for death, so they stay away from the 4th floor or hotel rooms with 4 in them. On the lighter side, one may notice the usage of the number 8 several times in various Chinese hotels, airlines and business phone numbers. “Ba” sounds like “fa” which translates to prosperous. Perhaps staying in Room 808, on the 8th floor of the Sheraton Taiping Hotel, Shanghai (T: 6275 8888) would make your trip a real success!
Source: “ Piset Wattanavituku’s Awakening Dragon: Doing Business with China,, http://www.apmforum.com/columns/china17.htm, February 2002