Wednesday, March 10th, 2004
A Plan Canada Approach?
IELTS in Canada
Southeast Asian Budget Airline
LET’S GO CANADA – A Plan Canada Approach?
“Let’s Go Canada!” certainly seems the cry of the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) during a presentation on education exports to the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). Noting that this was “an area where fragmentation is damaging [Canada’s] chances and where cooperation would help all of the jurisdictions, immensely,“ CBIE urged the Council to implement a “pan- Canadian approach.” Australia’s “whole-of-government” approach was used as an example of a successful strategy for the promotion of education overseas.
Tony Crooks, Executive Director of the Australian Education Office points out that, “The growth in the number of international students studying in Australia has been driven primarily by the institutions themselves – particularly the higher education sector – with support being provided by government.” Even so, Australian institutions are looking forward to the benefits that are expected of this centrally driven initiative.
Crooks believes that the “whole-of-government” approach is best led by a strong Department of Education at the federal, national level. The Australian Department of Education, Science and Training plays that role, whereas in Canada no such administration exists (a point raised by CBIE). That the CBIE reports the CMEC “expressed considerable interest” is encouraging. It remains to be seen whether or not the Canadian government will take a proactive stance on the issue of international education.
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Inti’s Expansion
nti International Group of Colleges, already with five campuses in Malaysia and international branches in China, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong, continues to stretch itself internationally in the global market. It is offering training courses, particularly to lecturers to ensure they have sufficient overseas exposure and are internationally qualified.
According to Inti CEO, Tan Yew Sing, the group was also focusing on its franchise programs by heading overseas with its expertise, intellectual property, and staff and management services. He added the group is planning to introduce a hospitality management program, nursing program and mass communications program this year.
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Source: EI-Asia, December-January 2004.
OVER THE COUNTER – IELTS in Canada
In Overseas, Overwhelmed 4.05, we gave details on the new format of TOEFL examinations. Beryl Meiron, Director of the North American branch of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), told Higher-Edge that their test “has always tested all 4 skills [reading, writing, speaking and listening], and has adopted a communicative, task-based approach to testing in the University of Cambridge tradition.”
According to Meiron, over 85,000 candidates in China took IELTS in 2003, while the projected numbers for 2004 are over 100,000. With tests scheduled three times a month, in as many as 14 cities, the flexibility afforded to Chinese test takers may contribute to this expected growth. This alternative test is already gaining recognition in American universities, where traditionally the TOEFL was used to gauge international applicant’s English. Among those institutions are Duke (who’s website states “the IELTS is the preferred English proficiency test” for graduate admissions), Princeton and Northwestern.
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GLOBE TIPPING – Southeast Asian Budget Airline
A new budget airline based out of Singapore may soon make the island-state a regional hub for travelers looking for inexpensive travel options. Valuair has already announced plans to fly to Hong Kong, Jakarta and Bangkok by May, and looks to expand its routes to include India, China and Australia. Airfare is expected to be 40 to 50 percent cheaper than other budget carriers in the region (which include Tiger Airways and AirAsia), while offering basic amenities.