Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
Admitting Grade 11 Students
Choosing Asia Over Australia?
New Date To Announce Exam Results
Indian Airports to Get a Face Lift
LET’S GO CANADA – Admitting Grade 11 Students
College admissions have never been so easy in Canada. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Acadia University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario have been admitting Canadian students on the basis of their Grade 11 final marks. Admissions officers at these universities argue that these marks are good indicators of a student’s academic potential.
The University of New Brunswick has taken it one step further, creating an unique student recruitment program where students input their Grade 11 marks into a computer and immediately find out if they have been accepted. Trying to snatch the best and brightest through early admissions may have adverse effects: it could create a breed of complacent students whose academic performance may falter and drop later on at university, or even during Grade 12.
It remains to be seen whether such policies and procedures can be used with international student admissions. Certainly, the institution that can implement such a system, and address the concern of poorer than expected academic performance could be considered a winner.
Source: “http://www.canada.com/ottawa/ottawacitizen/soundoff/story.html?id=8d268c14-b47f-4b86-a64d-123b607d8bbe,” Ottawa Citizen, January 16, 2005
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Choosing Asia Over Australia?
According to a report by IDP Education Australia, there has been a drop in student enrolment of 3 percent over last year. Academics have indicated that the higher tuition fees are responsible for the decrease in overseas students. One should also consider however, the stiff competition that Australia’s $5 billion ($4.7 billion CAD) education exports market faces from destinations like Singapore.
The island country has revamped its education system and is aggressively promoting education tourism as a product. There is even opportunity to earn foreign degrees, as American and British institutes have set up overseas campuses. With lower living expenses versus Australia (reported in http://higher-edge.com/docs/oov-4_28-20041013.pdf), countries like Singapore or Hong Kong become cost-effective alternatives.
Australian institutions, on the other hand, have not been able to improve the academic quality of programmes offered to keep pace with the rising costs and the changing requirements of the times. This has led to reports of resentment within the international student community, and could possibly explain the drop in overseas students from neighbouring Asian countries.
Source: “http://www.theaustralian.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11851738%255E12332,00.html,” The Australian, January 5, 2005
“http://www.theage.com.au/news/National/Curbs-on-foreign-students-to-hit-universities/2004/12/19/1103391639417.html,” The Age, December 20, 2004
OVER THE COUNTER – New Date To Announce Exam Results
From this year onwards, Class 12 students in India will know by June 10 the results of their board exams. The Indian Supreme Court has directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and other various state boards to comply with this new schedule.
Students from certain state boards have found it very tough to gain admission to the college or university of their choice. Delayed examination results have left students little time to prepare for a host of competitive entrance exams. This new move will also be helpful for those students applying overseas – with results out early, they would be able to complete the admission formalities required by most overseas universities.
Most of the state boards will be following the new timelines for declaring the exam results. In Karnataka, results will be declared by the third week of May, while students from Tamil Nadu can expect a mid-May announcement. West Bengal has the worst reputation when it comes to publishing examination results however, and will need to improve its assessment timelines in order to meet the new deadline.
Source: “http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2005-01-13/india/27848048_1_counselling-class-xii-entrance-exams,” The Times of India, January 13, 2005
GLOBE TIPPING – Indian Airports to Get a Face Lift
The Airports Authority of India will be spending a grand sum of Rs 100 crore ($28.2 million CAD) to renovate the airports at New Delhi and Mumbai. On the cards are larger parking bays and aerobridges to accommodate international carriers and greater international passenger handling capability. Both airports are the busiest and handle the maximum number of domestic and international flights.
The proposed facelift will also upgrade existing facilities and bring it to par with international standards. Frequent travelers to India will be greeted with passenger lounges that offer a wide range of amenities. This renovation is part of a national plan to modernise 34 airports by 2008.