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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Issue 8.25 May 31, 2006

LET’S GO CANADA

U. of M., Acadia Hike Tuition Fees

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

NAFSA 2006 Draws Record Crowd


OVER THE COUNTER

Scotland Gets High Marks From Foreign Students

GLOBE TIPPING

Travel Mid-Week to Avoid Summer Airport Chaos, Experts Say

LET’S GO CANADA-U. of M., Acadia Hike Tuition Fees

The University of Manitoba’s board of governors announced last month a substantial increase in tuition fees for foreign students. As of Sept., 2004—the latest date listed in the university’s calendar—tuition, faculty and student fees for international undergraduates at U. of M. ranged from $5,000 to $6,300.

Foreign students at U of M were reported to be protesting the hike. Their counterparts at Acadia University, however, have been paying much more for some time, and are about to pay more still. The Wolfeville, N.S.-based university announced last month a 3.9 per cent increase in tuition fees across the board. With the increases in place, international students at Acadia will pay $14,349; their Canadian classmates will pay $8,062. Fees include the use of a notebook computer.

Source: “http://www.winnipegsun.com/News/Manitoba/2006/05/24/1594767-sun.html,” Winnipeg Sun, May 18, 2006; Acadia University http://www.acadiau.ca/whatsnew/newsrelease/2006/tuition0607_19may.html, May 19, 2006

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-NAFSA 2006 Draws Record Crowd

Attendance at last week’s NAFSA conference in Montreal was record-setting, and the plethora of opportunities for networking and education by way of workshops and seminars was tremendous.

For example, Dr. Mazyed Ibrahim Almazyed, of the Saudi Arabia Cultural Mission in the United States, gave a wonderful exposition of the dynamic changes taking place within the incredibly popular program.

Dr. Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, and a former international student herself, roused the audience with her summary of the connectedness between environmental issues and conflict resolution, as well as—by implication—the importance of the movement of international students.

The Conference, produced by the American organi- zation of the same name, is slowly managing to attract increasing attendance by way of exhibitors and attendees from countries other than the USA, Canada and Western Europe.

OVER THE COUNTER-Scotland Gets High Marks From Foreign Students

A new survey suggests Scottish professors and lecturers are a hit with the world’s international students.

The survey, results of which were announced at a conference on international learning held last month in Glasgow, polled almost 16,000 undergraduates who are studying outside their own countries. Of the 3,400 of these studying in Scotland, 93 per cent said they were satisfied with the teaching they received. Results for the rest of the world averaged 91.3 per cent. The survey was done by I-graduate.org, a private company.

The number of foreign students studying in Scotland has increased by more than 60 per cent since 2000- 2001.

Source: “http://www.scotsman.com/news/foreign-students-say-scotland-is-best-for-overseas-learning-1-1118091,” The Scotsman, May 17, 2006

GLOBE TIPPING-Travel Mid-Week to Avoid SummerAirport Chaos, Experts Say

If you’re planning on traveling this summer, you might want to brace yourself for airport stress. According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, there are likely to be more delayed flights this summer than last. With the number of air travelers now at levels not seen since before Sept. 11, 2001, planes are also expected to be more crowded—making it harder for stranded travelers to re-book flights. Moreover, recent downsizing by many carriers—U.S. airlines have cut 153,000 jobs in the last five years—means that there will be fewer staff to serve customers.

The FAA is advising travelers to fly early in the day and use carry-on luggage for more hassle-free traveling. Other experts suggest flying in the middle of the week, when both highways and airports are less busy. Plane tickets are usually cheaper than on the weekends as well.

Sources: “http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2006/may/31/20060531-121546-4105r/,” The Washington Times, May 31, 2006; “http://www.wate.com/Global/story.asp?S=4966453&nav=E8Yv,” WATE 6 News, May 30, 2006

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