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Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Issue 8.31 July 26, 2006

LET’S GO CANADA

Report Proposes New “Education B.C.” Agency

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

U.K. Expensive, Foreign Students Say

OVER THE COUNTER

In China, Fear of “Brain Drain” Spurs Talk of Reform

GLOBE TIPPING

Tips for Female Travelers

LET’S GO CANADA-Report Proposes New “Education B.C.” Agency

The B.C. government should work harder to attract more Chinese students to the province, a report released last month argues.

The report of the Hong Kong/China Advisory Group, a body formed by the provincial government, looks at increasing trade ties between B.C. and China— including trade in higher education. Among its recommendations is that education be given a bigger role in the province’s promotion of trade and investment in China. The report also suggests the possible formation of a new agency to help the province’s schools compete with their rivals in other Canadian provinces and Australia, Britain and New Zealand.

The paper’s other recommendations include building a B.C. education “brand,”setting up a quality assurance program, and working with Ottawa to improve the processing of student visas.

Source:Source: The report is available free on the B.C. Ministry of Economic Development web site, http://www.ecdev.gov.bc.ca/ReportsPublications/china_report.pdf

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-U.K. Expensive, Foreign Students Say

Only some 62 per cent of international students studying at British universities feel they are getting value for their money, a new poll suggests. Moreover, some 28 per cent cite financial worries as the main reason they consider dropping out of their studies.

However, more than 80 per cent of the students rate the standard of teaching at their schools as either good or very good. And the study also found that foreign students are less concerned about finances than their British classmates. About 68 per cent of international students expect they will graduate without debts, for example—compared to 15 per cent of British students.

Source: “http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2006/jul/12/highereducation.uk“, Guardian, July 12, 2006

OVER THE COUNTER-In China, Fear of “Brain Drain” Spurs Talk of Reform

Young Chinese are reported to be increasingly flocking to Hong Kong universities, which many consider to offer better instruction, more generous scholarships and better job prospects after graduation than mainland schools. More than 30,000 mainland students applied for 1,000 places at six Hong Kong-based universities this summer.

According to Cai Dafeng, vice president of Shanghai- based Fudan University, the “exodus” to Hong Kong could be just the first step of a coming drift of mainland China’s best young minds overseas.

At a recent forum in Shanghai, heads of 143 Chinese universities complained about widespread academic fraud and substandard teaching styles and evaluation methods. Zhang Xinsheng, China’s Vice Education Minister, said the country was poised for a “historic” reform of its higher education system.

Source: “http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2006-07/19/content_4851560.htm“, China View, July 18, 2006

GLOBE TIPPING-Tips for Female Travelers

It goes without saying that women can face particular difficulties and dangers when traveling overseas. Doing a little research before you go can make for a much safer, more productive and more enjoyable trip.

The Internet abounds with web sites offering advice for female travelers. For example, the Fodor’s web site features a http://www.fodors.com/ with no-nonsense safety tips. An interna- tional network of women who share locale-specific travel safety information can be found at http://www.hermail.net/. And the U.S. State Department has a http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1227.html, as does http://www.voyage.gc.ca/main/pubs/her_own_way-en.asp.

Overseas, Overwhelmed is now on its summer schedule. It will be published next on August 23, returning to its weekly schedule in September.

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