Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
Ontario Government Cracks Down on Private Colleges
Jordan Plans Future as Regional Educator
U.S. Enjoys 12-Per-Cent Jump in New Foreign Grad Students
Getting Cash in Brazil
1) LET’S GO CANADA – Ontario Government Cracks Down on Private Colleges
New rules aimed at protecting foreign students of private career colleges in Ontario came into effect for the first time this month. The provincial government’s Private Career Colleges Act was passed last December after numerous reports of abuses of foreign students at some of Ontario’s 520 private career colleges.
The law will, among other things, forbid colleges from collecting more than 25 per cent of international students’ tuition fees before a course starts. All private career colleges will have to register with the province and provide information about their programs, and colleges deemed “high-risk” will have to keep students’ tuition payments in trust funds until the students actually begin their studies. The law also has measures intended to protect foreign students from false advertising and make it easier for them to get their money refunded.
Source: “Tougher Rules for Risky Colleges,” Toronto Star, Oct. 31, 2006
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Jordan Plans Future as Regional Educator
Jordan, an oil-poor Arab state, is planning to boost its revenues by serving as a higher education hub.
Last April, Jordan announced plans to raise the number of foreign students in the country to 100,000 by 2020. Since then, the country has begun expanding and improving the offerings in science, technology and scientific research at its 10 public and 13 private universities.
Jordan’s total student enrolment is now about 192,000, so the government’s goal is not modest. However, the country is already a popular destination for students from other Arab countries. The reasons include low tuition, an atmosphere of political openness on campuses, and a more Western-style approach to teaching than is found in some Arab countries.
Source: “Jordan’s Ambitious Plan,” Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 6, 2006 (available to paying subscribers)
3) OVER THE COUNTER – U.S. Enjoys 12-Per-Cent Jump in New Foreign Grad Students
The number of new foreign graduate students in the U.S. in 2006 was up by 12 per cent over 2005, according to a report released recently by the U.S. Council of Gradu- ate Schools (C.G.S.). The jump in new enrolments was enough to edge the total number of foreign graduate students in the U.S. up by one per cent—ending three years in a row of declines.
Chiefly responsible for the increase were a 32 per cent jump in new students from India and a 20 per cent climb in new students from China, C.G.S. said. The increases reflect changes to post-9/11 visa restrictions and stepped-up marketing efforts by American universities, the report’s author said.
The findings are based on responses from only 177 participating U.S. colleges and universities. But these 177 include 80 per cent of the 25 institutions in the U.S. with the largest international student enrolments, C.G.S. said, so the findings can be taken to be representative of U.S. graduate schools as a whole.
In September, C.G.S. reported new enrolments in 2004 had climbed by four per cent over 2005, with total enrolments edging down by one per cent.
Source: “U.S. Graduate Schools Reverse Trend as Foreign Enrollments Rise,” International Herald Tribune, sourced from Bloomberg News, Nov. 1, 2006 The report can be downloaded for free from the CGS web site
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Getting Cash in Brazil
As in many Latin American countries, it’s important to be careful with your cash in Brazil. Avoid handling or otherwise displaying your wallet or your money in public places—especially since you may be more conspicuously foreign-looking than you realize. Be very careful when keyinginyourPINatATMs.Andnote,aswell,thatmany ATMs are closed in Brazil after dark to prevent muggings or other assaults—so get your cash while it’s light outside.
A final note on cash in Brazil: unlike some Latin American countries, Brazil is not dollarized, so you should be prepared to pay in the Brazilian currency, the real.