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Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Issue 9.29; September 12, 2007

Let’s Go Canada

Kazakhstan Fair ….or Foul ??

Over The Counter

Plagiarising = Permanent Residency

Abroad Perspective

New Zealand losing ground

Globe Tipping

Business Travel Website

1) LET’S GO CANADA – Kazakhstan Fair ….or Foul ??

Despite growing criticism, the Canadian Embassy in Kazakhstan is sticking with its own approved local education agency to run its Canadian education fair in late September. Globus Education ran the first ever Canadian Fair last year and has even been given right of refusal for participants, and thus allowed Globus to deny participation of a Canadian company based in Almaty. Whitesands International is Canadian owned and has an education agency which is the leading player sending students to Canada, but is prevented from promoting its university and college clients at the Canadian government Fair. A Whitesands investigation, alleges that Globus basks in the Canadian government association, but in one-on-one meetings with students and parents, it dissuades them from selecting Canada, and promotes institutions in other countries (which pay higher commissions). These allegations aside, Higher-Edge has contacted a number of Canadian universities and colleges which state that they have no response from Globus regarding any applications or inquiries after the first Fair a year ago.

“We are satisfied with [Globus] as a partner,” said Mr. Maxim Berdichevsky, the Senior Trade Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Almaty. Berdichevsky admits Globus wastheonlyagencywhichgavethemaproposaltorunthe Fair.

2) OVER THE COUNTER – Plagiarising = Permanent Residency

The race to claim an Australian passport has been a major factor in driving up the numbers of foreign students in the country, and now it’s also motivating students to cheat. Completion of the Master of Information Technology (MIT) course at the University of New England (UNE), in northern New South Wales, virtually guarantees students permanent residency in Australia. A large number of overseas students at UNE are being investigated for plagiarism. Students of the MIT honours course are reported to have lifted material from the Internet for their thesis between 2004 and 2006.

Source: “Uni ‘cheats’ may be deported,” ABC News, August 22, 2007

3) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – New Zealand losing ground

New Zealand is facing stiff competition in the international student recruitment arena. Schools and tertiary educational institutions in the country have registered a drop of 14.6 per cent in foreign students. The number of international students at schools has decreased by about 37 per cent over five years.

The New Zealand Herald reports Education New Zealand chief executive Robert Stevens saying that the competition for overseas students had risen dramatically in the past three years. “We had a big bubble starting in 2002 and 2003, simply because New Zealand was the first to open up or relax immigration policies,” said Mr Stevens. “Now we’ve got a very intense competition with Australia and just about every other country [for students] in China.”

Source: “Schools losing foreign students in face of rivalry from abroad,” The New Zealand Herald, September 4, 2007

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Business Travel Website

MSNBC’s Business Travel website offers a host of business travel tips and advice. From finding the best airfare to getting an upgrade or the best seat on a plane, staying at foreign hotels to being safe while travelling abroad, this online collection of tips and articles is an useful resource while planning that next trip.

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