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Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Issue 9.02 January 17, 2007

Abroad Perspective

China to Fund U.S. Studies of 5,000 Chinese Students Per Year

Over The Counter

New Incentive for Foreign Students in France

Let’s Go Canada

China Pans Canadian Private Colleges; B.C. Vows to Get Tough

Globe Tipping

Going Vegetarian in India

1) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – China to Fund U.S. Studies of 5,000 Chinese Students Per Year

Starting next year, the Chinese government will be funding the U.S. studies of 5,000 Chinese students every year—provided they sign an agreement promising to return after graduation.

The Government-Sponsored Overseas Students Five- Year Program, delivered by the China Scholarship Council, will grant 12,000 yuan ($18,000 Cdn.) per year to students accepted under the program, to cover their living expenses overseas and one return trip. To qualify, students must receive admission letters from American colleges with the tuition waived. Eligibility also depends on other factors, including the students’ majors and their chosen college.

The program appears geared at least partly to Chi- nese PhD candidates. Winners will be selected from three groups: students sent overseas by the state under existing programs; those headed to the U.S. under cooperation programs between Chinese and U.S. universities; and students applying to U.S. colleges on their own.

Source: “Overseas Students to Get Subsidies on Return Commitment,” Rednet.cn, Dec. 26, 2006

2) Over The Counter – New Incentive for Foreign Students in France

A program recently introduced by the French govern- ment allows foreign students to stay in France for six months after completing their studies in order to find a suitable job. The program was begun last year, and is intended to draw to France bright foreign students in science and technology, an official with EduFrance said recently. France, the official said, wants more Indian students, and is planning a series of education fairs in India in February, as well as meetings between Indian and French universities.

EduFrance is an organization for attracting foreign students to France; its members are drawn from French educational institutions and government departments.

Source: “French Offer for Foreign Students,” The Hindu, Dec. 19, 2006

3) LET’S GO CANADA – China Pans Canadian Private Colleges; B.C. Vows to Get Tough

The B.C. government last week announced plans to put together stricter new rules for private colleges in the province, days after the Chinese government warned its students against attending private post-secondary institutions in Canada. B.C.’s advanced education minister also called for national regulations on private ESL schools.

China’s Ministry of Education issued its warning last month, saying hundreds of international students are cheated every year by dishonest Canadian private colleges. Rima Aristocrat, president of Willis College of Business Technology, an Ottawa-based private college founded in 1896, told Overseas, Overwhelmed her school was concerned about the negative news, along with the possibility that all private schools in Canada might be getting painted with the same brush. China’s education consul in Canada said his country knows many Canadian business college operators are honest, but it is unable to officially distinguish them from the shady ones.

Sources: “B.C.’s Private Colleges, ESL Programs to Face Closer Scrutiny,” CBC News, Jan. 9, 2007 “Avoid Canadian Schools, China Warns Students,” Vancouver Sun, Jan. 9, 2007

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Going Vegetarian in India

Despite India’s rapid development of late, some things taken for granted in Western countries—consist- ently working phone lines, for example—cannot always be counted upon, and amenities considered “extras” here may not be available at all.

An exception, however, is vegetarian menus. Unlike in the West, where vegetarian items tend to be more prevalent in trend-conscious eateries, vegetarian food can be found in all walks of life in India. The practice is common among Hindus, and is also favored by many Buddhists and Jains. Often vegetarian meals (which in India contain no dairy products) are easier to find there than those with meat.

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