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Wednesday, February 12th, 2003

Issue 3.5 February 12, 2003

LET’S GO CANADA

War On Iraq Affects Turkey

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

Practical Partnership in Uganda

OVER THE COUNTER

Business as Usual

GLOBE TIPPING

New Metro System in Delhi

LET’S GO CANADA – War On Iraq Affects Turkey

With the real and impending threat of war on Iraq, university personnel in charge of international student recruitment are taking a step back to assess their plans in Turkey. The 8th International Education Forum, for ex- ample, has been postponed from May, to June 25-29 this year. Sehrazat Saridereli, General Manager of HIT International Education Co, organizer of the fair, states that “in case of a travel warning, those schools (that) have com- mitted to come will most likely cancel their plans.”

AsliAktan, our Director in Turkey, recently spoke with representatives from both Istanbul University and Robert College in Istanbul. She reports that while most locals be- lieve that the threat of war in Iraq will not likely reach Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir, planners representing overseas institutions will most likely decide to postpone attend- ance to education fairs in Turkey.

If planning to attend an education exhibition in Turkey this spring or summer, check with the event organizer to confirm that it is still going ahead as planned.

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Practical Partnership in Uganda

Institutions that are serious about advancing their accessibility to international students who live outside major urban areas would do well to consider the creative approach used by Kampala International University (KIU) in Uganda to achieve a similar end.

KIU, an institution with an enrolment of approximately 5,000 students, has teamed up with Posta Uganda, a lo- cal postal service provider, to enhance its student recruit- ment efforts. University materials such as brochures and prospectus are being made available at Posta Uganda branches nationwide.Application forms are also available for the cost of 10,000 Uganda Shillings (UGX), which includes postage and the processing fee.

This partnership was developed in light of students who do not have access to post boxes or have to travel a long distance to hand in their applications.This service allows students to pick up their correspondence from the Posta Uganda branch at which they first posted their application forms.

Source: “Uganda: Kampala university, Posta Uganda team up“, http://allafrica.com/stories/200302060015.html The New Vision, February 6, 2003

OVER THE COUNTER – Business as Usual

Higher-Edge spoke with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) spokesperson Susan Scarlett this week regarding the CIC’s stance on Iraqi students in Canada in light of a potential war in Iraq.

Ms. Scarlett stated that CIC sees the recruitment of inter- national students and terrorism as separate issues. She lauded the foreign student screening measures that are already in place, saying that the “universal and non-dis- criminatory” system ensures that only “genuine foreign students” (those who do not pose a security risk) are granted admission into Canadian universities and colleges.

In other words, all the safeguards are in place and there are no planned changes to security measures in existence since before 9-11. Canada’s inclusive stance will not affect the right of Iraqis to gain entry into Canadian institutions of higher learning.

GLOBE TIPPING – New Metro System in Delhi

A deep rumbling can be felt below New Delhi’s bustling streets as a new subway system is being laid down. Currently, six stations in the older section of the city have been completed: Shahdara, Welcome, Seelampur, Shastri Park, ISBT (Kashmere Gate) and Tis Hazari.

Fare options include one-way fares which are priced ac- cording to the distance travelled, and one or three-day tourist cards which are available for Rs. 50 and Rs. 150 respectively.

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