Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
Chinese Slump Hits UNB
New Zealand University Attracts Indians
Tough Post-9/11 Visa Requirements Hit U.S. Schools: Powell
Business Lunches in Mexico
LET’S GO CANADAChinese Slump Hits UNB
A downward trend in Chinese enrollments, which has hit universities in Britain, Australia and other English- speaking countries, is being reported in at least one Canadian university also. The University of New Brunswick’s Saint John campus, which suffered a 10-per- cent drop in the number of its Chinese students last year, is preparing for a five-per-cent dip this fall.
UNB (SJ) registrar Tom Buckley blamed the drop on the ongoing buildup of China’s university system, as well as the increasing costs of a North American education to Chinese students. Rising tuition costs and the high Canadian dollar, he said, have effectively doubled the price of education here over the past several years.
Source: “http://www.cbc.ca/nb/story/nb_unbsjenrolment20060406.html,” CBC, April 6, 2006
ABROAD PERSPECTIVENew Zealand University Attracts Indians
Indians’ interest in studying at New Zealand universities seems to be spiking dramatically. Student visa applications at New Zealand’s high commission in Delhi increased by 79 per cent in January, 2006, according to New Zealand officials.
Over the past six years, the number of Indian students at New Zealand schools has been increasing by about 35 per cent annually, encouraged by a number of reforms to the country’s student immigration policy. For example, foreign students are now allowed to stay in New Zealand to look for work for six months after they graduate. The trend marks a sharp contrast with recent developments in New Zealand’s exports of education to younger students; enrollments of international students in the country’s primary, secondary and ESL schools have been falling sharply.
Sources: “http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1483754.cms,” The Economic Times, April 10, 2006
OVER THE COUNTERTough Post-9/11 Visa Requirements Hit U.S. Schools: Powell
American colleges lost a chance to educate some of the world’s best students because of stricter visa rules imposed after the 2001 terrorist attacks, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said earlier this month.
U.S. authorities tightened up their screening proc- esses after it was found that one of the Sept. 11 hijackers had entered the U.S. on a student visa. Requirements in some cases involved months-long application processes and face-to-face interviews with State Department officials. Many students gave up on the process and went to Canadian, British, European or Asian schools instead, Mr. Powell said.
International enrollments at U.S. schools seem to have begun to recover from the post-9/11 slump, after the U.S. introduced changes to loosen visa restrictions somewhat. But much still has to be done to attract more foreign students, Mr. Powell said.
Source: “http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/,” Chicago Tribune, April 8, 2006 (available on-line by free subscription)
GLOBE TIPPINGBusiness Lunches in Mexico
If you’re invited to a business lunch in Mexico, you might want to keep your entire afternoon free.
According to http://www.economist.com/cities/Displayobject.cfm?obj_id=831703, “2 pm is the absolute earliest socially permissible time to start lunch”, but the meal can start as late as 4 pm. Sessions, moreover, can last for hours and involve considerable amounts of alcohol.
According to international etiquette website http://www.cyborlink.com/besite/mexico.htm, Mexican business lunches tend to involve little discussion of actual business, but nevertheless are essen- tial for building relationships with your business partners.