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Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Issue 9.04 January 31, 2007

Let’s Go Canada

Students Sue Kingston College

Over The Counter

Aussie Universities Must Adapt to Avoid “Recession”: Vice-Chancellor

Abroad Perspective

China to Canada: Crack Down on Crooked Private Colleges

Globe Tipping

Qantas, Emirates Allow Cell Phones

1) LET’S GO CANADA – Students Sue Kingston College

An embattled private Vancouver college is now finding itself faced with another challenge—at least 17 lawsuits on the part of former students. The students, most of whom are from India, are claiming Kingston College promised them it would arrange for them to graduate with master’s degrees from foreign institutions such as the American University in London (which has been fined for misrepresenting itself as a university). They say Kingston College knew it was not allowed to make such promises.

A provincial agency shut Kingston College down this fall for illegally offering degrees from unaccredited universities. The B.C. Attorney-General’s office said recently it is considering the possibility of criminal charges against the school. The students’ claims have not been proven in court, and the college says it is cooperating fully with government investigators. According to a newspaper report, Kingston College is part of a network of schools that includes Lansbridge University in B.C. and New Brunswick, Kingston College in Ontario, Kingston High School in Vancouver and two B.C.-certified high schools in China.

Source: “International Students Sue Local College,” Vancouver Sun, Jan. 26, 2007

2) OVER THE COUNTER – Aussie Universities Must Adapt to Avoid “Recession”: Vice-Chancellor

Flat or declining foreign student enrollments are putting pressure on Australian universities to change if they want to “stay viable,” Glyn Davis, vice-chancellor of Melbourne University and chair of Australia’s Group of Eight top-ranked universities said recently.

“We’re going to have to compete, and compete on a range of fronts. We’re looking for the flexibility to be much more responsive to our markets,” Professor Davis said. The government, he said, should deregulate the Australian university system, giving schools the freedom to set their own fees, for example.

Source: “We Must Deregulate or Perish: Uni Chief,” The Australian, Jan. 2, 2007

3) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – China to Canada: Crack Down on Crooked Private Colleges

The Chinese government is refusing to budge on a recent warning it gave to Chinese students, advising them to avoid Canadian private career colleges. China says it won’t lift the warning until both federal and provincial governments act to protect international students from educational swindlers.

The warning followed a number of publicly-reported disputes between foreign students and Canadian private colleges—disputes of the kind Chinese officials say crop up every year. At least 17 lawsuits have been filed against Kingston College, a Vancouver private college which was ordered to close its doors last fall for offering degrees from unaccredited institutions.

A significant proportion of international students in Canada study in Ontario or British Columbia. Ontario recently announced a tougher set of regulations governing private colleges, and the B.C. government says it will introduce new rules this spring. The Canadian federal government says it’s not responsible for regulating schools.

Last fall, the South Korean consulate in Vancouver recommended its students be careful when choosing western Canadian colleges.

Source: “China Demands Canada Protect its Students from Educational Rip-offs,” Ottawa Citizen, Jan. 18, 2007

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Qantas, Emirates Allow Cell Phones

With the U.S. possibly on the verge of allowing cell phone use over American skies, many say mobile phones will soon be routinely permitted on the world’s passenger aircraft. Two major carriers have already announced they’ll be allowing cell phone use—after a fashion. Qantas will be permitting e-mails and text messages, and actual voice calls only over Australian skies; and Emirates will allow no more than six calls at a time, and only during the day.

Source: “Cell Phones Invade Qantas, Emirates Air,” Consumeraffairs.com, January 30, 2007

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