Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
International Enrolments Down in B.C.
Growth Era Over: Australian Officials
Chinese Bubble has Burst: U.K. Officials
Sunlight and Jet Lag, Part II
LET’S GO CANADA – International Enrolments Down in B.C.
The number of foreign students coming to study in British Columbia declined by 24 per cent between 2002 and 2004, Citizenship and Immigration figures show.
B.C. attracted 18,322 international students in 2004, behind Ontario, which drew 18,829.
The number of students applying to study in Canada from Korea, at least, is picking up again after a post-9/11 dip. In 2005, the Canadian Embassy in Seoul issued 13,800 study permits—1,500 more than in 2004, Immigration Program Manager Jean-Pierre Cliche said recently.
sources: “http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2006/february/22/provinces/” and “http://www.embassymag.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2006/february/22/koreans/,” Embassy Report, February 22, 2006
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE- Growth Era Over: Australian Officials
The days of Australia’s growth as a provider of education for international students are all but over, officials with several South Australian universities agreed in a recent interview.
“The market is nationally now mature,” Denise Bradley, vice-chancellor and president of the University of South Australia, said. “There’s not likely to be huge increases in numbers.” Ms. Bradley agreed with a re- porter that from now on, Australian universities are going to be competing essentially for market share.
“There are some select niche markets which are going to keep growing, in particular at the postgraduate level,” said Anne Edwards, vice-chancellor of Flinders University in Adelaide. “But those mass undergraduate markets which were relatively easy for Australia to be successful in the period up to now, that’s basically come to an end. We’re now in a different phase.”
James McWha, vice-chancellor and president of the University of Adelaide, said that, while South Australia continues to grow, other Australian states are already declining or have come to a stop in attracting new students.
Source: “http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,18215395%255E913,00.html,” The Advertiser, February 21, 2006
OVER THE COUNTER – Chinese Bubble has Burst: U.K. Officials
Demand among Chinese students for British university education may have permanently turned a corner after a decade of growth, some experts in the U.K. are warning.
Vast improvements in China’s university system have made it more attractive for many Chinese to study at home, David Graddol, a language expert and author of international education reports for the British Council, said recently. In the words of Michael Sterling, vice- chancellor of Birmingham University, “the Chinese bubble has now burst,” especially for less highly-regarded universities. Changxin Wu, president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in the U.K., said many Chinese students felt they were no longer getting value for the money they spent on education .
According to preliminary figures last week, 2,766 Chinese students applied for undergraduate degrees in the U.K. this year—13.6 per cent fewer than in 2005.
source: “http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/acbffd66-a5a3-11da-bf34-0000779e2340,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2Facbffd66-a5a3-11da-bf34-0000779e2340.html&_i_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.google.com%2Fnews%3Fhl%3Den#axzz1qKIBg0L1,” Financial Times, February 25, 2006
GLOBE TIPPING – Sunlight and Jet Lag, Part II
The web site of http://www.lumie.com/shop/categories/dawn-simulators, a British company, features a free “jetlag calculator”. The calculator, which the company claims is “based on the latest scientific advances in circadian sleep-wake physiology and photobiology,” asks you to punch in how many time zones you’ll be crossing, and what time you expect to be getting up in the morning. It then automatically a calculates a schedule outlining the hours of the day when you should most seek sunlight (or darkness) to help your body acclimatize.