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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Issue 8.39 Oct. 25, 2006

Let’s Go Canada

B.C. Private School Shuts Down

Abroad Perspective

U.S. Dominance at Risk: A.C.E.

Over The Counter

Hyderabad a Source of Promising Students—and Fake Papers

Globe Tipping

Boeing Cuts Connexion Service

Another private college in B.C. is being investigated for alleged irregularities involving foreign students.

City Tech College, a Vancouver-based institution, is reported to have closed its doors. The school is the subject of a lawsuit by a group of students and an investigation by the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, both concerning student loans. About 70 students claim school officials helped them with applications for student loans that they weren’t eligible to receive. B.C.’s Student Assistance Program ordered the students to pay back thousands of dollars of the loans this summer.

B.C.’s opposition NDP says alleged abuses of students by private colleges in the province are becoming an increasing problem. Kingston College, a Burnaby- based school that caters to international students, was barred this month from recruiting new students until the conclusion of an investigation by a provincial agency.

Source: “Embattled Private College Shuts Down in Vancouver,” CBC, Oct. 19, 2006

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – U.S. Dominance at Risk: A.C.E.

America’s leadership as an international educator is being “significantly challenged” and “may not be sustain- able if current trends continue,” warns a recent report by the American Council on Education.

The report underscores America’s shrinking share of the international student market compared to its closest rivals. From 1999-2000 to 2004-2005, international student enrolment grew by 17 per cent in the U.S., but by 29 per cent in the U.K., 46 per cent in Germany, 81 per cent in France, 42 per cent in Australia, and 108 per cent in Japan. The relative decline of the U.S., the report says, is likely due to post-9/11 perceptions of the U.S. as unwelcoming to foreigners, plus successful strategies on the part of competing countries.

Sources: “Foreign Students Begin to Look Away From U.S.,” MSNBC, sourced from Financial Times, Oct. 18, 2006 The report is available for free download on the A.C.E. web site.

3) OVER THE COUNTER – Hyderabad a Source of Promising Students—and Fake Papers

One of India’s biggest markets in the competition for international students is also its main source of falsified visa documents, at least for the U.S. Embassy. More false documents are submitted in U.S. visa applications from Hyderabad than from any other city in India, Peter Kaestner, an official with the U.S. Embassy in India, said recently. However, the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, of which Hyderabad is the capital, was also the source of 20 per cent of all the temporary U.S. visas issued in India last year, the official said.

The problem is not confined to visa papers but applies also to university entrance documents, says Asha Shankar, a counsellor working for Higher-Edge in Hyderabad.

“Students wanting to get into top universities in the U.S. resort to fake documents, and since most U.S. universities find it difficult to verify the documents, students have been getting away with it,” Ms. Shankar says. “As a result this has flourished as a business for people making the fake documents.”
Higher-Edge staff, she adds, are well trained to identify fake academic documents. University officials can also try to check the veracity of submitted documents by contacting the appropriate officials at universities in India, she says, but this can be a lengthy process.

Source: “Most False Visa Papers From City,” Deccan Chronicle, Oct. 19, 2006 (unavailable on the web)

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Boeing Cuts Connexion Service

A high-speed Internet service which has been offered by some airlines using Boeing jets is about to be discontin- ued. The company announced recently it would begin phasing out its Connexion by Boeing service. The phase- out, Boeing said, will occur at different times in different airlines, and should be complete by the end of the year.

More information on the phase-out, with answers to frequently asked questions, can be found on the Connexion by Boeing web site.

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