Wednesday, January 14th, 2004
Cambodia-Canada Exchange Possibilities
Indian Airport Tips – Delhi
LET’S GO CANADA – Cambodia-Canada Exchange Possibilities
Relatively unknown and certainly untapped, Cambodia is a country Canadian universities may wish to consider exploring for marketing opportunities. The number of student visas, albeit small, is steadily growing from 17 in 2001 to 53 as of November 2003. According to Canadian Ambassador Stefanie Beck, “low tuition fees and the possibility for a home stay” are factors for Cambodians who wish to pursue an education overseas. Also significant is the image of Canada as a destination parents consider safe, especially for female students.
Cambodian higher education institutes are open to joint ventures. Ambassador Beck expects their priorities to be in joint programs and faculty exchanges. Two Canadian institutions, the University of Montreal and St Mary’s University have worked with the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC) and the Royal University of Agriculture respectively.
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Australia Onwards?
Perhaps countries looking to expand their presence in international education should consider Australia’s model. With several government departments and ministries working in a “whole-of-government” approach to improve the desirability of an Australian education, the country is quickly challenging the traditional United Kingdom as a destination for study abroad amongst Indian students.
One of the key aspects of this approach are the close links being made between education, trade and potential immigration. Tony Crooks, Executive Director of the Australian Education Office in Washington, D.C. says “It is anticipated that the ‘whole-of-government’ approach will support industry by contributing to longer term sustainability in the growth of international education, underpinned by quality, diversity and immigration integrity.” According to The Economic Times, 10,000 Indian students were in Australia in 2003, while trade between the two countries grew by nearly 42% in the past 5 years.
Ireland and New Zealand, have taken similar approaches with great success in the Asian sub-continent. The numbers of students going to these relatively small nations rival those to that of Canada, many times larger with many more institutions.
Source: “http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2003-12-13/news/27532445_1_india-and-australia-bilateral-trade-austrade,” Economic Times, December 13, 2004
OVER THE COUNTER – Diploma Mills
While more common in the United States, one author notes that Canada is also a source for fake diplomas. According to John Bear, co-author of Bears’ Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, the Calgary Institute of Technology, Nova College and Farelston College (the latter two in Edmonton) are diploma mills that have operated in Canada. With several American states taking action against those who provide degrees illegally, what has been done in Canada? A spokesperson at Alberta Learning said that the Ministry has not received any inquires about the above mentioned institutions and are “not aware of any ‘diploma mills’ working in the province.”
Bear estimates that around one thousand Canadians have purchased fake degrees from the largest diploma mill, operating out of Romania by an American. While going after the producers of fake degrees has been met with limited success (often operators will restart production in a different country or under a different name) some American states have begun to pass laws regulating the use of false degrees, or degrees from institutions without proper accreditation. Those caught using fake documents can face prison sentences and fines.
Source: “http://chronicle.com/prm/weekly/v50/i17/17a02601.htm,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 13, 2003
GLOBE TIPPING – Indian Airport Tips – Delhi
When traveling to India, keep in mind that the immigration procedures can be quite slow if more than one flight is arriving. This is especially true at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, where Indian citizens and foreigners must wait in the same line. Our Jennifer Menard estimates that immigration can take anywhere between 10 minutes to 1 hour. Baggage collection, on the other hand, is usually prompt (although our Mel Broitman reports a two hour wait for bags, after arriving in Delhi recently on Bangladesh Biman. Mel said it was due to fog delays at this time of year that resulted in many flights arriving at the same time.)
The best method of transportation into the city from the Delhi airport is by a pre-paid taxi, which can cost between Rs. 200-350. Look for the Pre-Paid Taxi Booth in the arrival building. There are even cheaper local taxis (50% less) once exiting the arrival hall to the right. There is no airport departure tax required.