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Issue 8.24 May 24, 2006

LET’S GO CANADA

U.S. University to Target Asian Students With B.C. Campus

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

Europe Needs Higher-Education “Brand”: Study

OVER THE COUNTER

France Planning More Student- Attracting Policies

GLOBE TIPPING

Monsoon Set to Begin in India

LET’S GO CANADA-U.S. University to Target Asian Students With B.C. Campus

Fairleigh Dickinson University, of New Jersey, announced last week it would open a branch campus in Vancouver in 2007, with the goal of attracting foreign— especially Asian—students. FDU officials said the school chose Vancouver because of its low cost of living and closeness to Asia. It is also easier for international scholars to get Canadian than U.S. student visas.

The new campus will offer bachelor’s degrees in business and information technology, using the same curriculum as FDU’s New Jersey campuses. FDU, a private university, is planning to partner with the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University to provide its Vancouver students with online library access and other campus services.

Source: “http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-3/114802005996900.xml&coll=1.”The Star-Ledger(New Jersey), May 19, 2006

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Europe Needs Higher-Education “Brand”: Study

European higher education will lose out to the U.S. unless it takes a number of measures, including adopting a continental “brand” and more aggressive marketing, a newly-released study warns.

The study was based on a large-scale survey of international students, who responded overwhelmingly that there was a lack of information available about pursuing higher education in Europe. The survey suggested foreign students regard the quality of European universities highly, but also that, in many ways, Europe is losing out to the U.S. in how foreign students perceive it as a place to study—in terms of the prestige of its schools, the recognition of its degrees by employers, and the ability of its institutions to innovate, for example.

Source: “http://www.egovmonitor.com/node/6058,”eGov monitor, May 22, 2006

OVER THE COUNTER-France Planning More Student- Attracting Policies

As part of a sweeping set of measures intended to make itself more attractive to foreign firms, France announced this week it would make more scholarships available to foreign students and also provide more university courses in English. The move is thought to be in response to the suburban riots and student protests in France over the last year, which the government fears may make foreign firms more nervous about investing in the country.

The country’s parliament, meanwhile, is considering allowing students from certain countries—including India—more rights to work in France, both during and after their studies. French officials are also said to be pushing for a system which would allow non-E.U. stu- dents to study in one E.U. country and work in another.

Sources: “http://www.nytimes.com/marketing/iht/search/?iht,” International Herald Tribune, May 22, 2006; “http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2006-05-18/rest-of-world/27800919_1_indian-students-student-visa-international-students,” Times of India, May 18, 2006

GLOBE TIPPING-Monsoon Set to Begin in India

Planning a trip to India over the next few months? Prepare for rain—monsoon season is about to start! The subcontinent’s annual wet season—which varies depend- ing on the region, but lasts from around early June until October—brings steady rain, generally every day (albeit not all day).

Since prices in India tend to be quite low by western standards, you may prefer to buy yourself a raincoat and umbrella in India rather than have them take up extra space in your luggage. If your feet are larger than average, however, you should consider bringing an extra pair of shoes with you, since large-size footwear can be hard for westerners to find in India.

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