Wednesday, November 10th, 2004
EYE-ON: WEST ASIA
Higher-Edge is pleased to announce its newest addition to our successful Eye-On Media Series. Eye-On: West Asia will deliver the latest West Asian and Gulf education news on a weekly basis.
Eye-On: West Asia will bedut early next year.
For more information contact: www.higher-edge.com/oov.htm
International Education Week: November 15-19, 2004
“Diploma Mills” In The Philippines
International Calling Codes
LET’S GO CANADA – International Education Week: November 15-19, 2004
Over 85 countries already celebrate International Education Week (IEW), and next week will see Canada joining this crowd. The whole week will, according to its website, “raise, among Canadians, an awareness and understanding of international education, its significant benefits to Canada, to Canadian educational institutions and to all Canadians.” This is accomplished through a series of events, such as lectures or social functions, being held by various institutions and organisations. At the time of publication, 33 events have been planned, although the hope is that future IEWs will see greater participation.
For more information visit: http://www.iew-sei.ca/
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – “Diploma Mills” In The Philippines
The term “diploma mill” usually conjures up images of fake schools and degrees, but this is not simply the case in The Philippines. For President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a diploma mill is any institution that graduates students who fail national professional licensure examinations. These exams, administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), allow students to enter fields like medicine, accounting or law. According to the President, the lack of a regulatory board has resulted in schools producing “scores of inept graduates.” The only authority that deals with post-secondary education, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), is only involved with “policy coordination” and does not enforce any regulations.
President Arroyo said, “we will close down the schools with track record of students failing the exams.” It seems that this effort has already begun, as The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that 23 nursing institutions were recently closed, where only half of the students wrote the PRC exams.
Source: “http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2004/08/19/MTNN2004081916635.html,” Manila Bulletin, August 19, 2004
“http://chronicle.com/article/Philippines-Shuts-Down-23/101911/,” Chronicle of Higher Education, November 9 2004
OVER THE COUNTER – Examination Malpractice
Two Ghanaian students were recently banned from writing national examinations after it was discovered that the same “student” wrote both tests. In other countries, those caught cheating face expulsion or even criminal charges. The prevalence of cheating, or examination malpractice, can be extremely high in certain countries; often high school leaving tests and university entrance exams are the most afflicted. Intense competition and the social status that post- secondary education can deliver are factors that drive students to cheat.
As punitive measures against cheating vary worldwide, so too do the prevention efforts. China has turned to technology to combat cheaters, with the implementation of a device that blocks cell phone transmissions. Commentators in Nigeria and other West African countries believe that cultivating an environment where the practice of cheating is frowned upon is the key to reduce the number of cases of malpractice. Heightened security and more vigilant administrators are also suggestions that have been considered.
GLOBE TIPPING – International Calling Codes
Have the number of a colleague in India, but are unsure of the area code? The Quick Reference Phone Book at CountryCallingCodes.com keeps track of every country and area code in the world. This free online tool also allows you to make fast country-to-country searches: if you need to call Islamabad, Pakistan from Paris, it can tell you the exact numbers to dial (00+92+51+ the number). The country-to- country searches also provide the current local time, so users will know whether it is the right time to call, or if they will be interrupting dinner.