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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Issue 8.43 November 22, 2006

Let’s Go Canada

Foreign Students Bring $510 Million to B.C. Annually: Report

Abroad Perspective

New Foreign Students in U.S. up by 8 Per Cent

Over The Counter

U.S. Blitzes China with Delegation, Deal, TV Ads

Globe Tipping

Prepaid Taxis in India

LET’S GO CANADA – Foreign Students Bring $510 Million to B.C. Annually: Report

B.C.’s burgeoning role as an international educator is bringing more than half a billion dollars into the province every year, according to a report released recently by Roslyn Kunin and Associates, a private research firm.

About 27,000 students from 150 countries attended public post-secondary schools in the province in the 2004-2005 academic year, creating some 6,000 jobs, the report said. The greatest economic impact came from student expenditures on tuition fees ($252 million); shelter was their next-highest expense, at $128.84 million. Katherine Vertesi, vice-president for education of Capilano College, said the presence of so many foreign students on B.C. campuses will result in more business networks between Canada and other countries.

Source: “International Students Stir the Economy,” The Province, Nov. 14, 2006

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – New Foreign Students in U.S. up by 8 Per Cent

A total of 142,923 new international students hit American campuses this fall—eight per cent more than in the fall of 2005, according to a recently-released survey by the Institute of International Education (I.I.E.).
“We’ve been worried for three years that there would be a slow and steady decline in the number of international students studying here,” said I.I.E. President Allan Goodman. “But it looks like the decline is ending.”

The institute also released recently its annual report, which contains data on the number of foreign students in the U.S. up to last year. According to that report, there were 564,766 foreign students in the U.S. in 2005- 2006—273 more than the previous year. Numbers had fallen considerably during the two years before that. There were five per cent fewer students from India studying in the U.S. last year over 2004-2005.

Source: “Foreign Students Resume Influx at U.S. Colleges,” International Herald Tribune, sourced from New York Times, Nov. 13, 2006

OVER THE COUNTER – U.S. Blitzes China with Delegation, Deal, TV Ads

U.S. and Chinese education ministers last week signed a “historic” deal intended to enable more co- operation in primary, secondary and higher education, language learning and teaching. The memorandum of understanding was signed in Beijing, where a delegation including U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Dina Powell and 12 presidents of American universities stopped during their tour of East Asia.

The U.S., Ms. Powell said, is currently streamlining its visa application process, with more than 97 per cent of qualified student applicants getting their visas approved a few days after applying.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government has begun to place advertisements on Chinese TV, intended to fight percep- tions that the U.S. has become less welcoming to foreign students since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The two ads feature Chinese students who have studied in the U.S. talking about their experiences.

Sources: “Spellings Hails ‘Historic’ Sino-U.S. Educa- tion Deal,” China Daily, Nov. 18, 2006; “U.S. Delegation of University Heads Hope to Attract Chinese Students,” People’s Daily, Nov. 17, 2006 “Washington Buys TV Ads in China to Encourage Study in U.S.,” The Columbus Dispatch, sourced from Bloomberg News, Nov. 17, 2006

GLOBE TIPPING – Prepaid Taxis in India

If you’re a conspicuous foreigner in India, you’re likely to be swarmed at airports and train stations by cab and auto-rickshaw drivers eager to earn themselves an extra-hefty fare by overcharging you. Such groups of friendly but zealous entrepreneurs may not be the first thing you want to encounter after a flight lasting half a day or more. You should know that most airports and major train stations feature offices where you can arrange a fare at a fixed price, free of hassle. Head straight to this prepaid office after getting your baggage. You simply pay your fare and hand the receipt to the waiting driver, who will take you to your destination.

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