Wednesday, March 3rd, 2004
Declining Interest in American Graduate Program?
Private Universities in Nigeria
Working With Malaysian Institutions
Cricket and South Asia Travel Tips
LET’S GO CANADA – Declining Interest in American Graduate Program?
American universities experienced an overall decline in international student applications at the graduate level, according to a survey conducted by five educational organizations. Forty-eight percent of 216 American institutions that responded to the February 2004 survey reported a decline in graduate applications from China. Ursula Oaks, Director of Press Relations at NAFSA, said that the Chinese question posed in the February 2004 survey was in response to recent stories about Chinese students experiencing trouble (in the form of visa delays) when applying to American universities.
According to a press release from NAFSA, “These results suggest that an increasing number of internationally mobile students at the highest levels … are looking for academic opportunities outside the United States.” Research by the Canadian Education Centre Network supports this belief; their 2003 statistics on China reported an increased interest in postgraduate programs in Canada.
Source: “http://www.nafsa.org/Error.aspx,” NAFSA Press Release, February 25, 2004
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Private Universities in Nigeria
Earning a university degree in Nigeria can be an arduous task, with student protests, teacher’s strikes and cultism on campuses disrupting the normal course of study. One solution was offered by the Nigerian Baptist Convention, who told This Day (a Nigerian daily newspaper) that “only private institutions can guarantee graduation of their students at set times.” Even so, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has stopped issuing applications to establish private universities. There are currently 8 licensed private universities and 7 awaiting approval, and the NUC believes that only 5 more will suffice in meeting the demands of the Nigerian university system.
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OVER THE COUNTER – Working With Malaysian Institutions
In the December – January 2004 edition of EI-Asia, the bi- monthly publication looked at the evolution of collaborative programs in Malaysia. The special report charts the growth of ‘twinning’ programs in the early 1980s to ‘anchor schools’ and ‘articulation arrangements’ today. The majority of institutions with some form of partnership are collaborating with Australian and British universities.
According to EI-Asia, “the education market is intensely competitive and extreme care and vigilance is required – never accept what a local institution tells you at face value because it is highly likely that they are also thinking about ‘getting into bed’ with a rival.”
North American universities looking to partner with Malaysian university-colleges (who are allowed to grant their own degrees) should also be aware of a new concept being considered: “double badging,” where degrees are awarded in association with foreign university partners.
Source: “Survival of the Lucrative – The Evolution of Collaborative programs in Malaysia…,” EI-Asia, December- January 2004.
GLOBE TIPPING – Cricket and South Asia Travel Tips
The India-Pakistan rivalry in cricket may have adverse affects on travelers in South Asia this March. With India playing a 5-game series in Pakistan for the first time in almost 15 years, expect the region’s, and especially India’s, attention to be riveted to television screens and radios, especially during the first three dates (March 13, 16 & 19). While businesses, banks and other public services are officially open, you might find them to be not too productive. If in either country during the matches, expect jubilation on the streets with a win.