Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
New Private University to Target More Foreign Students
Malaysia Looking to Educate More Indonesians
Language Problems Driving Chinese Students to Cheat, U.K. Academics Say
LET’S GO CANADA-New Private University to Target More Foreign Students
University Canada West, a private university based in Victoria, has been doing an “aggressive” overseas trade show campaign, its vice-president said recently.
About 35 per cent of UCW’s students are international, but the school wants to raise that proportion, recruiting more students from India, Japan, Korea and China, Gerry La Belle said. Overseas students are key to UCW’s business plan, he said, and the school is better-placed than publicly-funded universities to serve them. Foreign students, for example, pay the same as Canadian students at UCW ($1,000 per course). UCW recently finished its first year of operations.
Source: “http://www.bclocalnews.com/error/?errorURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vicnews.com%2Fportals-code%2Flist.cgi%3Fpaper%3D36&id=683131&cat=23&more=&c=y“, The Victoria News, July 15 2006
ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Malaysia Looking to Educate More Indonesians
Indonesia is expected to be Malaysia’s biggest new source of foreign students in the next few years, Malay- sia’s Higher Education minister said recently. Indonesian students, Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said, will be the key factor in helping Malaysia achieve its goal of having 100,000 foreign higher-education students by 2010.
There are now 8,000 Indonesian students at Malaysian colleges and universities, Mr. Mohamed said, but that number is expected to grow as Malaysia intensi- fies its marketing efforts in Jakarta and other key Indone- sian cities.
Source: “http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v6/index.php“, Bernama(Malaysian National News Agency), June 30 2006
OVER THE COUNTER-Language Problems Driving Chinese Students to Cheat, U.K. Academics Say
Many Chinese students at British universities are so poor at English that they’re cheating on exams and essays out of desperation, university officials told a U.K. newspaper recently.
According to a lecturer at one of Britain’s biggest recruiters of Chinese students, the School of Combined Studies at Hertfordshire University, officials are sometimes baffled at how students from China came by their English language credentials, given their low level of skills.
“There are some who should not be here—where we do not know how they got the required scores on their English tests. Sometimes we just want to say ‘go home, and save your parents’ money’,” Andy Gillett said.
Others say many U.K. schools have brought the alleged problem upon themselves by using “unscrupulous” strategies. “The university is recruiting these students as cash cows and therefore accepting them with a level of linguistic competence that presents a major problem,” one observer said.
Source: “http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=204142“, The Times Higher Education Supplement, July 7 2006
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