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Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Issue 9.03 January 24, 2007

Let’s Go Canada

Bogus “Cape Breton International University” Targets Foreign Students

Over The Counter

Chinese Expert Talks up Hong Kong as “Regional Education Hub”

Abroad Perspective

Indian Business School Fudges Facts for Good Rankings

Globe Tipping

Taxis: In Beijing, it’s “Buyer Beware”

1) LET’S GO CANADA – Bogus “Cape Breton International University” Targets Foreign Students

An Internet-based scam appears targeted at international students open to studying in Canada.

Officials at Cape Breton University recently learned about the scam when they started getting inquiries from an international student about something called “Cape Breton International University.” The student had apparently learned about the bogus university from a web site, still on the Internet as of this week, at www.cbu.ac. Information on the web site, including a mailing address of “75 Rose Avenue, KTX Road, Cape Breton, NS, Canada”, is false.

Arlene Mullen, director of admissions at Cape Breton University, told Higher-Edge the university is concerned students could get confused by the bogus web site, especially given the close similarity of its url to CBU’s own web address, www.cbu.ca. “It would be very easy for a student to land on the wrong web site—it wouldn’t take much of a slip,” she said.

Source: “Cape Breton U. Caught in a Web of Deceit,” CBC News, Jan. 5, 2007

2) OVER THE COUNTER – Chinese Expert Talks up Hong Kong as “Regional Education Hub”

China should move to make Hong Kong a bigger destination for both mainland Chinese and foreign univer- sity students, the chair of a Chinese government task force says.

Victor Fung, convener of one of four trade and business focus groups set up at an economic summit following a recent Chinese five-year plan, recently said the quota for non-local students in Hong Kong should be raised to 20 per cent. There is already considerable demand on the part of mainland Chinese and foreign students to study in Hong Kong, he said, and the presence of more such students in the city could benefit it in many ways. Hong Kong is the only Chinese city whose universi- ties use English as the language of instruction.

Source: “Non-Local Students Help Train Future Leaders,” web site of Hong Kong government’s Informa- tion Services Department, Jan. 19, 2007

3) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Indian Business School Fudges Facts for Good Rankings

Scandal has struck a major Indian business school after revelations that university officials supplied false information about the school in order to attract good rankings.

According to an internal inquiry committee set up by Punjab University, a reader at the university’s business school submitted the false data to bodies such as the All India Management Association as well as leading business magazines between 2003 and 2005. It is thought that the school, University Business School, made it into at least one “top ten” list of business schools in India—alongside such prestigious institutions as the Indian Institutes of Management at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta— thanks at least partly to the fudged information.

Among the untruths passed onto ranking bodies was a claim that the business school has 23 research chairs sponsored by industry; in fact, it has none.
“Higher-Edge—India is often counted upon by its foreign clients to verify claims or contextualize institution calibre and reputation,” comments Shraddha Aswal, manager of Higher-Edge’s Delhi office. “Although this is a particularly egregious example, it is symptomatic of lack of integrity amongst some parties in the higher education system.”

Source: “Punjab B-School in Controversy,” Times of India, Jan. 20, 2007

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Taxis: In Beijing, it’s “Buyer Beware”

Recently returned from a business trip to China, Higher-Edge’s Lisa Roosen-Runge reports that, unfortu- nately, cheating seems to be on the rise among Beijing cab drivers. She advises travelers to be extra-vigilant and take a range of precautions, including making sure the meter is turned on.

This and other tips on dealing with cabs in China can be found in previous issues of Overseas, Overwhelmed: Nov. 12, 2003; Nov. 19, 2003; June 7, 2006; June 14, 2006; and June 21, 2006.

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