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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Issue 8.08 February 1, 2006

LET’S GO CANADA

Canada Risks Falling Behind in China: Report

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

When in India, Follow Indian Law: New Bill

OVER THE COUNTER

Pressure Builds in Australia to Stem Immigration of IT Grads

GLOBE TIPPING

Strike Threatens to Disrupt Service at Indian Airports

LET’S GO CANADA – Canada Risks Falling Behind in China: Report

Without “rapid and concerted action”, Canadian universities stand to get shouldered out of the Chinese market by more aggressive foreign competitors, writes Carin Holroyd in “Canada Missing Opportunity in the Booming China Education Market,” a report released in January, 2006 by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Canada has suffered in this global marketplace, Ms. Holroyd says, by not having a nationally-based strategy for attracting international students. Among her recommenda- tions is the establishment of a national body to streamline recruiting. The report also suggests that growth in the huge Chinese demand for overseas university places may be at an end. “Students have discovered that going over- seas is no guarantee of a good job and may actually cost them the opportunity to develop local connections,” it says.

source: “http://www.asiapacific.ca/analysis/pubs/listing.cfm?ID_Publication=509,” Asia Pacific Foundation, January 2006

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – When in India, Follow Indian Law: New Bill

A law now being finalized by the Indian government will require foreign universities to follow the same rules as Indian universities if they want to set up shop in India. That means they will have to be not-for-profit and also follow the government’s quota system for setting aside a certain number of places for people from disadvantaged castes and tribes.

The law is intended to ensure the quality of foreign-based schools operating in India, and to prevent profiteering, according to reports. It is also seen by some as likely to mark the end of an era of easy entry into the Indian market, with its high demand for degrees from Western countries.

Sources: “http://www.siliconindia.com/shownewsdata.asp?newsno=30674&newscat=Top,” SiliconIndia.com, January 23, 2006; “http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2006-01-24/news/27422243_1_foreign-universities-entry-and-operation-foreign-varsities,” Times of India News Network, January 24, 2006

OVER THE COUNTER – Pressure Builds in Australia to Stem Immigration of IT Grads

Australia could soon become a less attractive country for some international students to study information technology.

The Australian Computer Society scheduled talks with the federal government in January, reportedly to ask the government for measures allowing fewer work visas to foreign IT workers. The group’s lobbying follows a report in an Australian university magazine claiming that the unemployment rate among IT workers in the country is twice that for other professions because of competition from foreign workers. Meanwhile, a report by Australia’s Productivity Commission, also released in January, says current immigration policy gives schools an incentive to design courses tailor-made for international students to obtain work visas, and creates “unintended distortions and outcomes” in the Australian economy.

Source: “http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4665434.stm,” Australian IT, January 17, 2006

GLOBE TIPPING – Strike Threatens to Disrupt Service at Indian Airports

People planning travel in India might want to follow devel- opments in a labour dispute affecting the country’s air- ports. The Airports of India Employees Union said more than 2,500 of its members would go on strike after the government’s announcement on January 31, 2006 of companies who won bids to modernize the Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay) airports. The union’s members includes air-traffic controllers, and the union warned air traffic from the Mumbai airport would be disrupted because of the strike. As of January 31, hundreds of strikers were reportedly protesting outside key airports including those in Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta. Under the deal, the two airports will be leased to private companies while they do the upgrading. The union fears this will result in job cuts.

Sources: “http://www.sify.com/,” Press Trust of India, January 31, 2006; “http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4665434.stm,” BBC News, January 31, 2006

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