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Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Issue 9.12 March 28, 2007

Let’s Go Canada

Is the U.S. rebounding in international student recruitment?

Over The Counter

Scottish funds for foreign students

Abroad Perspective

Education providers blame Australian Govt.

Globe Tipping

More on Moscow’s airports

1) LET’S GO CANADA – Is the U.S. rebounding in international student recruitment?

According to the Washington-based education think tank, Education Sector, the United States has not yet returned to the numbers of student visas issued prior to September 11, 2001. Its report includes not-yet- released State Department data from 2005-6, which indicates that despite an increase of 15 per cent in visas issued in that year, the number of visas issued – 273,870 – is around 20,000 less than the pre-9/11 figure. There is no hard data yet available to cover the succeeding months to indicate whether the rebounding is continuing apace.
Source: “New Worries on Foreign Students,” Inside Higher Ed, Mar. 22, 2007

2) OVER THE COUNTER – Scottish funds for foreign students

The Scottish Government will spend £400,000 ($909,295 Cdn.) on projects to help international students stay in Scotland. A greater part of the funds will be spent helping institutions support activities for foreign students during their courses. A scholarship scheme for a one-year master’s degree is to be extended to include students from the U.S.

Nearly 4,300 international graduates will stay back in Scotland at the end of their studies through the Fresh Talent initiative. The Fresh Talent Initiative encourages people to consider living and working in Scotland. The scheme allows international students to remain in Scotland for two years after graduation.

Source: “New fund to keep foreign students,” BBC News, Mar. 23, 2007

3) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Education providers blame Australian Govt.

According to the Australian Council for Private Education and Training, Government inaction has resulted in a greater incidence of scams in the country’s $10 billion ($ 9 billion Cdn.) international education industry.

The Council, the country’s leading private education industry body, represents around 1100 private education operators teaching 250,000 students. Damaging reports about the quality of Australian higher education providers has caused the Council to lash out against the Government, which it says, repeatedly ignored its warnings about unscrupulous colleges.

Source: “Canberra failing to regulate colleges: industry,” The Age, Mar.15, 2007

4) GLOBE TIPPING – More on Moscow’s airports

If you are using the new Domodedovo airport in Moscow, there is a direct train link to and from downtown Moscow. Your plane ticket may allow you to claim a free train ticket from the administrator desk at the airport train section of the station. Some travellers choose this train in order to avoid traffic jams on the roads to the airport, but note that the station has at least two staircases on the way to the platform. Certain airlines will allow direct luggage check-in at the train station. You will need to show the train ticket both on the train and again to exit the platform to the airport. Taxis can be ordered to meet you on arrival at airports, but may charge more than the previously agreed amount if your exit is delayed.

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