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Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Issue 9.34; October 17, 2007

Let’s Go Canada

U.S. Graduate School Admissions Phase II Report Released

Abroad Perspective

Foreign students drawn to China’s schools

Over The Counter

Fake documents in South Africa

Globe Tipping

Shipping Know-how

1) LET’S GO CANADA – U.S. Graduate School Admissions Phase II Report Released

The Council of Graduate Schools’ (CGS) latest survey report on international graduate admissions trends revealed an 8% increase in offers of admission to prospective international students. This is the third consecutive increase, but 78% of U.S. graduate schools still received fewer applications in 2007 than they did in 2003.

The survey also indicated that almost 30% of U.S. graduate schools have established international collaborative programs (joint and dual degrees), and the rate is even higher at universities with large international graduate enrolments. Additionally, almost a quarter of institutions plan to establish one or more programs in the next two years. According to Debra W. Stewart, CGS President, “This report highlights how U.S. graduate schools are establishing collaborative degree programs with institutions overseas as one response to increasing global competition.”

Source: CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey Phase II: Final Applications and Initial Offers of Admission

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Foreign students drawn to China’s schools

China is emerging as Asia’s newest education hot spot. The number of overseas students in China is on the rise. In 2006, a total of 162,000 students from 185 countries and regions came to study in 500 universities and scientific research institutes throughout China.

Statistics have revealed that the number of students from Asia was the highest in 2006, accounting for 74.3% of the total students studying within China. Students from Europe and North America accounted for 12.7% and 9.6% of the total. Students from Africa and Australia accounted for 2.3% and 1.1%.

Source: “Foreign students coming to study in China reach 162,000 last year,” People’s Daily Online, October 11, 2007

3) OVER THE COUNTER – Fake documents in South Africa

Fake matriculation certificates are flooding the education sector in South Africa. Students are reportedly falsifying their documents in order to enrol at tertiary education institutions. According to Ina van der Merwe, the chief executive of Kroll, a leading screening and risk consultancy company, 14 percent of South African qualifications verified were tampered with.

The University of South Africa (Unisa) prosecutes students who submit forged matriculation certificates. Gerhardt Waldeck, the head of readmission to studies and student disciplinary matters, said on average the institution found 15 to 20 forged matriculation certificates a year.

Source: “Fake matric certificates becoming a problem,” IOL, October 1, 2007

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Shipping Know-how

When heading overseas, remember to get the local addresses for FedEx, UPS and DHL in case you need to ship any papers or goods back home. You can click on these websites and find addresses of local offices and customer services numbers in various countries across the globe.

www.fedex.com
www.ups.com
www.dhl.com

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