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Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

Issue 9.18, May 9 2007

LET’S GO CANADA

More foreign students heading for Australia

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

Class X boards may become optional in India

OVER THE COUNTER

Playing fair during fair season

GLOBE TIPPING

Sms for a taxi in Dubai

1) LET’S GO CANADA-More foreign students heading for Australia

While Australia contends with various challenges within its higher education system, it nonetheless continues to attract international students. Federal government figures reveal that 87,600 new foreign students will start courses this year, an increase of 17 per cent from the previous year. The total number of international students in the country is nearly 280,000.

The largest increase in enrolments, up 36 per cent, is in vocational and technical colleges, considered a popular pathway to permanent residence. Universities continue to attract foreign students, although new enrolments grew only 8 per cent – down from double-digit growth in recent years. ThenumberofIndianstudentsstartingstudiesin Australia this year more than doubled to 9588. China, with 67,000 students in Australia is the other big market for Australian institutions, while the traditional markets of Singapore, Hong Kong and Indonesia continue to decline.

Source: “http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/foreign-student-numbers-boom/story-e6frg6nf-1111113307098“, The Australian, April 9 2007

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Class X boards may become optional in India

India’s National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), the school education advisory body, has suggested that the country’s examination system be overhauled.AccordingtoNCERT’sNationalCurriculum Framework 2005, students should be given the option of skipping their Class X board examinations if they decide to study further. Only those who would like to opt out of the system should write their Class X board examinations.

At the Class XII stage, students should be allowed the flexibility of choosing when to appear for particular papers over a two-year period. Apart from suggesting major curriculum reforms, NCERT also suggests that students be given a wide range of subjects to choose from. The recommendations have been sent to CBSE and state examination boards, who will now decide on its implementation.

source: “http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Class_X_boards_may_become_optional/rssarticleshow/1940620.cms“, The Times of India, April 23 2007

3) OVER THE COUNTER-Playing fair during fair season

Universities and Colleges taking part in Fairs and Roadshows organized by private education agencies, often play directly into the hands of misrepresentation. Organizing agencies typically only support their Fair participants. Given the agent’s financial incentives to follow up with potential applicants, they will often lie about other study options not represented at the Fair.

Higher-Edge Managing Director Mel Broitman reports that at a recent Roadshow in India, non-participating institutions were bad-mouthed by agencies with booths representing client institutions. Moreover, agencies pushed study paths for their clients which suited the agencies financially, but ill- suitedthestudents.Propercounsellingshouldinvolve recommending appropriate study pathways, even if the agency does not represent such a pathway or program.

“Participating institutions should be mindful,” says Mr. Broitman. “They should be just as responsible for whom they choose to work with, and simply turning a blind eye is negligent.” Institutions themselves are usually scrupulous in not diminishing competitors, but they may be unwittingly permitting delegates to do just that on their behalf.”

4) GLOBE TIPPING-SMS for a taxi in Dubai

You can soon “text” for a taxi in transportation and technology savvy Dubai. Customers can request a cab by sending an sms from their mobile phones and indicating the area they are waiting. Getting a taxi in Dubai has become a problem at peak times. There are plenty of cabs, but with the city being the world’s new tourist mecca and a teeming commercial centre, waiting for a cab has become a frustrating experience for many. Dubai’s cabs are comfortable, clean, courteous and affordable. It’s just that in the world’s biggest boomtown, there seem to never be enough.

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