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Wednesday, February 5th, 2003

Issue 3.4 February 5, 2003

LET’S GO CANADA

Canada’s K-12 Ranks Higher than that of U.S.

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

The Brits at it Again in India

OVER THE COUNTER

Namibian Home Affair Industries Clamp Down

GLOBE TIPPING

Booking Train Tickets in China

LET’S GO CANADA – Canada’s K-12 Ranks Higher than that of U.S.

Relying on UNICEF’s recent Innocenti Report Card (Issue No. 4, November 2002) on OECD country education systems,Canada’s uniformly high quality,and almost entirely public K-12 school system, is an outstanding asset for its public schoolboards’ international recruiting endeavours.

The Report refers to five tables of international bench-marks on competence in reading, maths and science. Canada has a much higher share of non-native and first- generation children (20.5 to 13.6%) than the U.S. [p. 17]. Yet, a key Report highlight states that “Canada, with an average rank of 5, fares significantly better than the United States, with an average rank of 16.2” [p. 5]. The Report states:“A child at school in Finland, Canada or Korea has a higher chance of being educated to a reasonable standard, and a lower chance of falling a long way behind the average, than a child born in Hungary, Denmark, Greece, the United States or Germany” [p. 2]. The Report serves well,Canadian schoolboard recruiters (and indeed,those of its public universities) in corroborating the consistent high quality of education which is available to international students.

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – The Brits at it Again in India

Starting in February 2003,Indian students will have a new
resource to add to their stockpile of study-in-Britain re- sources.The British High Commission is opening Visa Ap- plication offices in Chennai,Bangalore and Hyderabad to expedite the processing times for Indian students.Luciana Rodrigues,ourManager,NewDelhi,says “This move high-lights the growing importance of India, as a leading source for high quality international students, on the British High Commission’s radar screen”.

The rate of growth in applications from 2002 to 1999 is 200 per cent, which translates to about 27,000 additional students in the span of three years. The High Commis- sion is expecting to process 63,000 applications this year.

Resource:PTI News Agency (New Delhi),January 30,2003

OVER THE COUNTER – Namibian Home Affair Industries Clamp Down

In response to the growing concern over student fraud in Namibian institutions of higher education, the Minis- try of Home Affairs has announced plans to make sweep- ing changes to how they screen for legitimate students.

Deputy Director of Immigration Nkrumah Mushelenga reveals that visitors who are in the country under the pretence of study actually engage in other businesses. He has threatened to penalize students who are caught try- ing to beat the system by terminating their study permits and deporting them back to their originating countries.

The Ministry currently processes applications from individuals, but this will soon be limited to applications fil- tered through the nation’s tertiary schools and through overseas Namibian consulates. Outcry came from local Namibians who displayed bitterness over what they say are their rightful places lost to foreign nationals who study at the nation’s universities.

Source: “Namibia: Ministry to clamp down on foreign students“, http://allafrica.com/stories/200301300160.html, The Namibian, January 30, 2003

GLOBE TIPPING – Booking Train Tickets in China

When attempting to book a ticket in one of China’s railway stations, it helps to have the name of the city to which you are travelling, written in Chinese characters. This will help to avoid potential pronunciation errors and can also later help in seeking the assistance of others while look- ing for the correct departure lounge and the correct train.

For the less adventurous, many hotels in China feature a Reservation Office on the premises that can assist with a range of travel bookings.

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