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Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Issue 8.34 Sept. 20, 2006

Let’s Go Canada

New Private “University” Bound for B.C.

Abroad Perspective

Non-E.U. Enrolments in U.K. Double in Ten Years

Over The Counter

International Graduate Enrolment Turning Around in the U.S.

Globe Tipping

“Adapting” to Conditions Overseas

1) LET’S GO CANADA – New Private “University” Bound for B.C.

Another post-secondary institution targeting international students is set to open in B.C.—and is attracting controversy.

The World Trade University Global Secretariat is planning to open a school next year in Chilliwack, B.C., which is also the global headquarters of the organization. According to its web site, the Secretariat works in partnership with the U.N., and the World Trade University’s president says the not-for-profit school plans to focus on educating students from emerging economies. The WTU, he said recently, will officially open next spring, and have a total of 540 International Master of Business Administration students by the fall of 2008.

The Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C., however, says the WTU should not be able to call itself a university, since it was allowed to bypass the requirements other universities in the province have had to face.

Sources: WTU Global Secretariat web site; “Victoria Secrets: New University Questioned,” Georgia Straight, Sept. 7, 2006 “Liberals Establish Another University—Sort of,” Monday Magazine, Sept. 6, 2006

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Non-E.U. Enrolments in U.K. Double in Ten Years

Enrolments from China helped propel total foreign enrolments at British universities from 196,346 in 1995- 1996 to 318,400 in 2004-2005, Universities U.K. reported this month. The increase was mostly among foreign students from outside the European Union; their numbers rose by 96 per cent in those years, from 111,480 to 218,395. Of non-E.U. international students in 2004- 2005, 52,675 were from China.

The numbers, said Universities U.K., point to the significant financial dependence of British universities on international students.

Sources: “Chinese Swell Numbers at British Universities,” Guardian, September 14, 2006;

3) OVER THE COUNTER – International Graduate Enrolment Turning Around in the U.S.

First-time enrolments of foreign graduate students in the U.S. increased by 4 per cent in 2005, the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) announced recently. The number of total foreign graduate enrolments was down by 1 per cent compared to the previous year—an improvement over 2004, when total enrolment fell by 3 per cent.

While the first-time enrolment numbers represent the first gain since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the CGS said much still has to be done to draw more foreign students to the U.S.

“First, while the numbers are turning around, we are still below where we were in 2003 in applications, in absolute terms,” said CGS President Debra W. Steward. “And second, because of the changed competitive envi- ronment for the most talented students, we cannot afford to simply ‘catch up’.”

While the U.S. still hosts more international students than any other country, its share of the world market fell from 25 per cent to 22 per cent between 2000 and 2004, according to an OECD report released earlier this month.

Sources: “Foreign Graduate Students Rise in U.S.,” MSNBC, sourced from Financial Times, Sept. 13, 2006; web sites of the CGS and OECD

4) GLOBE TIPPING – “Adapting” to Conditions Overseas

If you’re planning to bring your laptop or other electrical appliance overseas, you should remember that the electrical voltages and frequencies of power outlets are different the world over—and so are the physical shape of outlets and plugs.

The Travel Oasis web site features a handy list of countries with the voltages and frequencies used by each one. Clicking each country takes you to a page where you’re shown what type of plug adaptor you’ll need.

Remember, though, that it’s often not necessary to buy these adaptors before you go—they may well be available cheaply and easily in your destination country.

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