Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
Maple Leaf in the Middle East
China checkmates foreign students
Rising German University Costs Driving Foreign Students Away
1) LET’S GO CANADA – Maple Leaf in the Middle East
A proposed Canadian education fair in Cairo was cancelled last week, when only five institutions showed interest. The Embassy said it failed to give universities and colleges enough lead time to plan participation. This marks the third consecutive year with no Canadian education fair in Egypt.
No shortage of interest in the Arab Gulf states as the Canadian Embassy Fair is sold out and begins in the first week of November in Saudi Arabia and continues on to the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait. It will be a farewell tour of sorts for Simone Jucker. Ms. Jucker, considered by most universities and colleges to be the Canadian government’s best education promoter abroad, has left her post after three exceptional years building up the Gulf market, running fully subscribed fairs/events, and in helping many institutions get started recruiting in Saudi Arabia. Employed only as a “locally engaged staff” by the Federal government, Jucker leaves to take a more attractive position promoting education in Nova Scotia, as EduNova’s Executive Director in Abu Dhabi.
2) OVER THE COUNTER – China checkmates foreign students
China has issued a regulation that will reduce the number of Chinese universities which can enroll foreign students and teach medicine in English to 30. The regulation, issued on July 25, 2007, comes as a shock to many Indian students hoping to study medicine in China.
In recent years, China has become an attractive education destination for students from countries such as India because courses and living costs are cheaper compared to those in the West. Over 3,200 Indian students have chosen to study in China recently, with the numbers rising in the past two years. Of these students, 85 per cent are studying medicine.
Source: “China checkmates foreign students,” Hindustan Times, August 31, 2007
3) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Rising German University Costs Driving Foreign Students Away
Rising costs are challenging Germany’s entrance as a formidable new competitor in the international education arena. Once a big selling feature, times and price tags are changing.
First, high tuition fees have been recently introduced by some federal states. Then, there are additional costs for language courses, placement tests and applications. Scholarships are few and foreign students are not eligible for federal grants.
According to consultants at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), higher fees are not the main reason for the student decline. They see it as a natural slow down after an earlier boom in the numbers of new foreign students.
Source: “Rising University Costs Driving Foreign Students Away,” DW-World, September 15, 2007
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Seat Guru
The information at www.seatguru.com can save you from the next uncomfortable long-haul flight. The website lists most of the world’s prominent airlines and has graphics illustrating the seating at each airplane. Travellers can see which seats to ask for at check-in and what to avoid. It will also tell you what facilities are available on board each plane and what to expect in terms of food, entertainment and service.