Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
More Asia-Targeting U.S. Campuses Bound for Canada?
Delhi U.S. Embassy Aims to Surpass Last Year’s Student Visa Tally
Student Visa Scam Feared in U.K. After Spike in Numbers
Getting Around in Lagos
LET’S GO CANADA-More Asia-Targeting U.S. Campuses Bound for Canada?
Fairleigh Dickinson University’s recent announcement of plans to open a Vancouver campus aimed at Asian students could mark the beginning of a coming trend, a U.S. expert on international higher education said earlier this month.
The New Jersey-based university’s approach is “very significant,” said Philip G. Altbach, director of the Center for International Higher Education, at Boston College. Setting up campuses in Vancouver, Mr. Altbach said, could prove to be an important way for many U.S. colleges to enter the key Asian student market. The city has numerous advantages over U.S. locations, he said, including lower costs, easier-to-get visas and existing communities of immigrants from various Asian countries. “ForalotofstudentsfromAsia,goingtoVancouver may be like never leaving Asia,” he said.
Source: “http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/06/08/fdu“, Inside higher Ed, June 8 2006
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Delhi U.S. Embassy Aims to Surpass Last Year’s Student Visa Tally
U.S. embassy officials in Delhi have received more applications for student visas this year than last, and are hoping to top last year’s total of 18,000 student visas processed, the embassy’s non-immigrant visa chief said earlier this month.
“There are a lot of masters and doctoral candidates applying for visas, and this year we are having a sharp increase in applicants wishing to pursue undergraduate studies,” Sally Ironfield told New Delhi reporters. “There is no congressionally mandated limit for issuance of student visas. Possibilities are limitless.”
More than 80,000 Indian students are now studying in the U.S., she said. An increasing number are returning to India after finishing their studies in the U.S., she added.
Source: “http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1648104.cms“, The Times of India, June 14, 2006
￼￼OVER THE COUNTER-Student Visa Scam Feared in U.K. After Spike in Numbers
Britain’s opposition Conservatives say the country’s current student visa system could be admitting huge numbers of non-students. The number of student visas issued to people from five countries—Nigeria, Pakistan, India, Turkey and Ghana—increased from 17,723 in 2000 to more than 40,000 in 2004/2005. One Conservative member of Parliament said that the increase coincided with a decline in numbers of asylum-seekers and that the figures suggested an “immigration scam.”
In response to questioning in Parliament, Immigration Minister Liam Byrne admitted the U.K. had had a “diminished ability” since 1994 to keep track of the number of student visa holders who returned to their home countries after finishing their studies.
The issue of fraud need not be so daunting. For example, Higher-Edge represents its clients in these countries using a sophisticated screening system to individu- ally explore student bona fides. Its system has been lauded by many Canadian ambassadors and other senior officials. We have found due diligence to be the best defense against abuses of university admission offices.
The British total represents well in excess of 10 times the total number of study permits issued from these 5 countries for Canada over the same period.
Source: “http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1521211/Big-rise-in-student-visas-raises-fear-of-scams.html“, The Telegraph, June 14, 2006
GLOBE TIPPING-Getting Around in Lagos
The rush “hour” in Nigeria’s sprawling (population estimated at anywhere between 8 million and 15 million) generally runs from 3:00 pm and lasts until 9:00 pm. According to the http://www.economist.com/cities/displayObject.cfm?obj_id=5406926&city_id=JOH, ravelers making even short trips within the city should allow themselves an hour to get through the crush.
A note on our summer schedule: Overseas, Overwhelmed will be published this summer on July 12, July 26, and August 23, before returning to its weekly schedule in September.