Wednesday, November 14th, 2007
U.S. sees first increase in foreign students since 9/11
New security checks for foreign students in Britain
Foreign students’ visa deal expanded
1) LET’S GO CANADA – U.S. sees first increase in foreign students since 9/11
The just-released Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2007 reports that the number of foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities has increased for the first time in five years. Clearly, efforts to recover from the post 9/11 slump are proving effective.
According to the report, nearly 583,000 foreign students studied in the U.S. during the 2006-07 academic year, up 3% from the previous year. Based on a survey of nearly 3,000 U.S. colleges and universities, the report is published annually by the IIE, a leading New York-based global higher education and professional exchange agency.
Open Doors 2007 reports increases in the number of students in higher education from six of the ten leading places of origin, with particularly large increases from the top three: India remains the leading sending place of origin by a large margin, experiencing a 10% increase to 83,833. This is the 6th consecutive year that India has sent the most students to the United States. China remains in second place, with numbers up 8% to 67,723; and the Republic of Korea, in third place, increased 6% to 62,392.
According to Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO, IIE, “Vigorous efforts at the national, state and campus levels have combined to produce this rebounding of international student enrollments. Given increased global competition for talent, as well as expanded higher education options in many of the leading sending countries, America needs to continue its proactive steps to insure that our academic doors remain wide open, and that students around the world understand that they will be warmly welcomed.”
Source: Institute of International Education
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – New security checks for foreign students in Britain
Britain has introduced a new system of security checks for foreign graduate students to prevent sensitive scientific information from being used in other countries to develop weapons of mass destruction. The new program requires students from outside the European Economic Area and Switzerland to complete an online questionnaire asking about their backgrounds and families. The documents will
be vetted by British security agencies before the students can apply for visas to enter the country.
The list of 41 disciplines at issue under the new program includes biology, physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics. The government estimates that about 14,000 students will be affected each year. Foreign undergraduate students will not be affected by the new program, which came into effect from November 1, 2007.
Source: “New UK Vetting for Foreign Students,” Associated Press, November 7, 2007
3) OVER THE COUNTER – Foreign students’ visa deal expanded
Britain’s Home Office will soon allow students outside the European Union to stay in the country for two years after they graduate.
Earlier, only graduates of Scottish universities were allowed to remain in the Scotland for two years after graduation as part of the Fresh Talent Initiative. However, this arrangement drew flak from English universities who felt they were losing out on foreign students opting to study in Scotland.
Source: “Foreign students’ visa deal expanded,” The Herald, November 12, 2007
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Flight Stats
Before you head to the airport to catch that important flight, check out www.flightstats.com. This useful web site tracks flight status, flight departures, flight arrivals, airport delays and other flight and airport information in real time. One can check flight status in the web site’s search engine by entering one’s flight, route or airport. The web site also has sections on travel planning, travel tools, maps and country information sheets which are really useful when flying overseas.