Wednesday, May 25th, 2005
Move to monitor Education Agents in Australia
African Universities to Present Growth Plans to G8
Class 12 Examination Results Declared in India
Credit Card Fraud in Malaysia
LET’S GO CANADA – Move to monitor Education Agents in Australia
With countries vying for a greater share of the international student market, education providers worldwide have increased their dependence on agents in a bid to increase student numbers at their campuses. While education agents do assist universities and colleges in recruiting students from foreign countries, in the absence of a legal framework monitoring agents’ activities, the latter can end up doing more harm than good. There have been reports of students from India and China being duped by agents. Last week, Australian media and Higher Edge reported on the sale of fraudulent English language certificates being sold by agents to students keen on getting into Australian universities.
n a bid to prevent unscrupulous education agents from duping overseas students, the Government of Australia is planning to monitor the activities of the country’s 3,000 education agents. The Government will make sure that the Education Services for Overseas Students Act is followed strictly by both education institutions and agents in Australia. The biggest challenge, however, lies in dealing with offshore education agents.
The Immigration Department is running a pilot project regulating the activities of overseas education agents in China, India and Thailand. Under the project, agents in these countries must sign an agreement on service standards and a code of conduct. They are then given a seven-digit identity number to lodge student visa applications on the Internet.
With education agents contributing a sizeable chunk of the AUD $ 6 billion (CDN 5.8 billion) international student market, the education fraternity fears that any attempt to change the existing system may translate into huge losses for the education providers.
source: “http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/05/19/1116361678133.html,” Sydney Morning Herald, May 20, 2005
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – African Universities to Present Growth Plans to G8
A team of academics from leading African universities will be meeting in Dundee, Scotland in June 2005, to discuss ways in which wealthy nations can increase funding for institutions of higher education in Africa. The Commission of Africa, an international commission set up by British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, recommends that developed nations contribute an increased US $ 8 billion (CDN 10 billion) investment in higher education – $ 5 billion (CDN 6.3 billion) for universities, and $ 3 billion (CDN 3.8 billion) for centres of research excellence.
The conference, titled “The Abertay Conversations” will take place at the University of Abertay Dundee. The strategy drawn up at the conference will be presented to the leaders of the G8 group of industrialized nations meeting in Gleneagles in July. The conference is being organized by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of African Universities (AAU), and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
Source: “http://www.scidev.net/en/news/african-universities-to-present-growth-plans-to-g8.html,” Science and Development Network, May 20, 2005
OVER THE COUNTER – Class 12 Examination Results Declared in India
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), one of India’s leading examination boards announced its Class 12 results on May 23, 2005. A total of 4,20,240 students wrote the examinations that were held in India and 19 other countries during March-April 2005. Roughly 77.8 per cent of students cleared the examinations, an increase of 1.8 per cent from last year. Girls fared better than boys scoring an 83.17 per cent pass rate as against 73.78 per cent for boys. Among the six CBSE zones in the country, Chennai led with a pass percentage of 90 followed by Ajmer, Chandigarh, Delhi, Guwahati and Allahabad.
Source: “http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1118719.cms,” The times India, May 23, 2005
GLOBE TIPPING – Credit Card Fraud in Malaysia
When travelling to Malaysia, make sure you exchange all your money at the airport itself so that you have local currency available with you. Try not to use your credit card especially at bars and restaurants as credit card fraud is on the rise in Malaysia. Crime rings use portable card skimmers to obtain credit-card data. Card skimming or the use of computer programs to generate valid credit-card numbers has turned into a huge scam in countries such as Thailand and Malaysia. There is no legislation to control this kind of fraud as the computer programs can be easily downloaded from the Internet.