Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
Canadian Presence at NAFSA
Fake Indian Degrees
Giving Compliments in China
LET’S GO CANADA – Canadian Presence at NAFSA
Thirty-seven Canadian universities, colleges and organizations will be represented at the “Canada: A World of Knowledge” booth at next week’s NAFSA Annual Conference in Baltimore. Thanks to the work of Canada SIG, the NAFSA Special Interest Group for Canada, Canadians and their involvement in higher education will surely have a strong presence. Founded in 1997, its primary goal, according to co-Chair Diana Mills, is to promote higher education institutions from Canada as “high quality providers of education in the global market place.”
As well as the aforementioned exhibition booth, Canada SIG also plans the annual Destination Canada event, which allows NAFSA delegates an opportunity to link with Canadian institutions. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday May 26, from 5:45 to 7:30pm, at the American Visionary Art Museum. Finally, the Canada SIG meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 27, from 5:45 to 7:00 pm. A location will be announced during the conference.
Higher-Edge encourages its Canadian readers who will be at the NAFSA Conference next week to attend both evening events, or visit our booth.
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Destination India?
In Overseas, Overwhelmed 4.07, Higher-Edge reported on India’s efforts to become more attractive as a study abroad destination. Perhaps recognizing how valuable international students have become for any country’s economy (Britain boasts £11 billion from direct education related exports), A. K. Motwani, Director (technical) of Educational Consultants India Limited (EdCIL), said that India should focus on recruiting students from Africa and Asia. A new EdCIL program for promoting India as a study abroad destination will include 25 institutions, while premier institutions will be encouraged to sign Memoranda of Understanding.
In the next issue of Insight, On-site: India, Higher-Edge will be examining EdCIL in the “Government Watch” Report. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: “http://ia.rediff.com/money/2004/apr/16education.htm,” ReDiff.com, April 16, 2004
OVER THE COUNTER – Fake Indian Degrees
Fake degrees have popped up all over the world, and have now reached Dubai, where the Khaleej Times reports that the current flavour in the United Arab Emirates is Indian. One pre-employment screening company estimates that nearly 25% of people who apply for work in the Middle East carry some form of false documentation. As is this case with fake degrees, legitimate applicants suffer the most, according to one accountant interviewed, as “the amount of time it takes for genuine degree holders to get their certificates attested increases manifold.”
That the fake degrees come from India should come as no surprise. Last year, a fictitious education board, The Board of Adult Education and Training (which had been operating since 1972), was shut down for generating marksheets and certificates for students who have obtained employment in India, the U.S., and Germany. Professor A. N. Maheshwari, Chairperson for the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) told Higher-Edge that the Council of Boards of Secondary Education (COBSE) has “the broad function of ensuring standards across the Boards through mutual consultation and consensus.”
Source: “http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2004/May/theuae_May323.xml§ion=theuae,” Khaleej Times, May 13, 2004
“http://expressbuzz.com/,” NewInPress.com, August 17, 2004
GLOBE TIPPING – Giving Compliments in China
Modesty is a common trait in China and sometimes people are not comfortable showing their true feelings in public. A customary response when receiving compliments is “no, no!” For instance, someone from an older generation, when told that he achieved excellence in his work, would insist that “no, no, my work is so-so.” Younger Chinese people, on the other hand, might not say “no” directly, but most of them will still tell you that they are not as good, or that others are better.
“No, no” in China does not mean that they think your compliments are wrong or improper. It is just a humble reaction to one’s commendations.