Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
International Graduate Applications to the U.S. on the Decline
New Zealand to Fund Off-Shore Education Projects in Asia
Government Approval for Kenyan University Colleges Required
Getting Around China
LET’S GO CANADA – International Graduate Applications to the U.S. on the Decline
The United States (U.S.) could be losing its competitive edge in the higher education market due to increased competition from countries such as Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Data released by the Council of Graduate Studies (CGS) early this month revealed that graduate student traffic to the United States has been on the decline since September “9/11.” The CGS reported a 5 per cent decline in graduate student applications from 2004 to 2005. According to a report published in Reuters, “more than 570,000 foreigners study in the United States, earning the U.S. economy about $13 billion (CDN 15.8 billion) a year, but the numbers are in decline.”
In a survey conducted by CGS using information supplied by 450 of its U.S members, 60% of responding graduate schools reported a fall in international graduate student applications. There has been a significant drop in student applications from China (-13%) and India (-9%) and students in the fields of engineering (-7%) and business (-8%).
Despite the U.S. government’s attempts to streamline the student visa process by introducing changes such as extending Visa Mantis to four years and reduction in visa processing timelines, competition from countries such as Canada, Europe, Great Britain and Australia have eroded the U.S.’ market share in the global education industry.
Source: “http://www.cgsnet.org/pdf/CGS2005IntlApplicationSurveyPR.pdf,” March 9, 2005
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – New Zealand to Fund Off-Shore Education Projects in Asia
In a bid to develop and consolidate its presence in the offshore education market, New Zealand’s Export Education Innovation Programme is funding four offshore education projects across Asia to be administered by Education New Zealand.
The four projects that have been selected include Auckland University of Technology’s (School of Languages) collaboration with Jinan University in the People’s Republic of China for the integration of Advanced English Studies, Christchurch College of Education’s professional development programmes for English and bi-lingual school teachers from the People’s Republic of China, Heurisko Limited’s virtual programme for students at grades 8-10 in international schools across Asia, Victoria University’s Foundation Studies Programme in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Source: “http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00503.htm,” Scoop New Zealand, March 24, 2005
OVER THE COUNTER – Government Approval for Kenyan University Colleges Required
The http://allafrica.com/stories/200503250616.html CHE), Government of Kenya has made it mandatory for post secondary institutions offering university qualifications to get their programmes approved by the Government by June 30, 2005. Colleges which have not approached the government for validation by this deadline would be declared illegal by the Government. The validation process will help certification of programmes and collaboration between institutions offering university courses. Students studying at these institutions will find it easier to get their courses recognised in the country as well by international higher education institutions should they choose to study abroad. Credit transfer from one institution to another will also be facilitated by CHE’s approval.
The Rules for Coordination for Post Secondary School Institutions for University Education state that it would be an offence for post secondary school institutions to collaborate in offering university diplomas without the CHE’s approval.
GLOBE TIPPING – Getting Around China
First time travellers to China should remember to carry a map with directions on how to get to important places like say the hotel, appointment locations, seminar venues etc, printed in Mandarin Chinese (also called Putonghua), the official spoken language of China. Soon after one clears immigration, the map should be kept handy so that it can be shown to people if required. If one is relying on public transport to get to places, this becomes a necessity as few in China can get by in English.