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Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Volume 10, Issue 1; January 12, 2011

Aim Higher

Will Canada market its Grad programs globally?

Over The Counter

Recommend your old school, get paid for it!

Let’s Go Canada

Quantity over Quality. Canada’s student numbers from India.

GLOBE TIPPING

Bed Bug Free Travel.

1) “AIM HIGHER”– Will Canada market its Grad programs globally?

Now that the New York Times has chimed in, will Canadian universities awaken to the import of professional master programs, and in particular professional science master degree programs? Already well behind the United States in per capita graduate program degree graduates, Canadian universities in particular hew closely to the article’s capturing of the zeitgeist ” “Why should you bother me by introducing a new master’s degree when I’m already busy with what I’m doing with the Ph.D.’s”.

While the article hits its intended target, in referring to the fact that other jurisdictions have not caught on (UBC was one excepted institution), it does not duly countenance the fact that other jurisdictions have very much moved massively into the arena of professional master programs. A report written by Dr. John Corlett (VPA, Winnipeg) and myself, entitled “New World: Internationalizing Graduate Professional Education in Canada, November, 2009″ (http://www.higher-edge.com/docs/Internationalizing-Graduate-Education.pdf), includes a comparative section on the extent to which such programs are offered around the world. The contrast is revelatory.

And whither the import for international student recruitment.

The entry-level issue is really whether or not there are good policy reasons for our universities not to be more involved in offering professional master programs. For example, we argue, and have demonstrated, that such programs can help enhance direct and indirect recruitment overseas of thesis-stream students.

If there are not policy reasons to stay out of this endeavour, what are the reasons programs these are not unfolding? How to resolve the challenges as between universities, the private sector, governmental and non-governmental bodies? Will Canadians increasingly be pursuing such studies in the USA, Denmark, Japan, or China?

As for the good news, we are well aware of many intriguing initiatives of this kind at the percolation stage (several of which we are consulting on). But these still represent far from a groundswell of the level of change we have been lobbying for over several years.

We would add that if there are good policy bases, we better get cracking because experience tells that such initiatives take a very long time to launch internationally. The most internationally successful one we were involved in took nearly 5 years, and several others have required in the range of three years of preparation and development before being marketed. What will the global playing field be like three years from now?

REFERENCE: “A Master’s for Science Professionals Sweeps U.S. Schools” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/27/education/27iht-educLede.html?_r=1&ref=internationaleducation

“Aim Higher” is written by Dani Zaretsky, Chief Ideas Officer of Higher-Edge. Dani has 15 years experience marketing Canadian university programs abroad, and his blog is a new addition to the Overseas, Overwhelmed web site, www.overseasoverwhelmed.org

2) OVER THE COUNTER – Recommend your old school, get paid for it!

With steadily growing competition for attracting top MBA students around the world, a few universities are trying less formal ways of finding new recruits – including paying their alumni to do it for them.

From gifts certificates to books, a number of business schools are now offering special incentives for alumni who send qualified students their way. At Boston University, it’s $100 American Express gift cards and dinners out in restaurants across the state. At the University of Michigan, more $100 gift cards. Meanwhile, Canada’s McGill University enters each ‘recruiter’ in a draw for a gift certificate, and as for Saint Joseph’s University alumni – a school sweatshirt is sent their way.

With the economy hitting MBA programs particularly hard, and the growing number of top quality Asian business schools stepping up efforts to compete for qualified MBA candidates, it’s not surprising to see alternative methods of recruitment. With some schools reporting that the majority of their students are already ‘alumni recruits’ in one way or another – including the University of California’s Los Angeles’s Anderson School of Management, which cites alumni referrals make up about 70% of their executive MBA program – it seems only natural to want to encourage this source.

Although these new ‘alumni recruitment’ incentives appear largely limited to business schools for the time being, it’s believed that they could grow to include all majors – and benefit current students as well as alumni. Already, for example, Regent University offers a $500 grant to an accepted student referred by an alumnus – and others, such as Stetson University, waive application fees for such candidates.

Source: “Get Reward for Referring an MBA Student”. Wallet Pop, January 9, 2011. http://www.walletpop.com/2010/12/15/get-rewards-for-referring-an-mba-student/

3) LET’S GO CANADA – Quantity over Quality. Canada’s student numbers from India.

Radio Canada International (RCI) took a look behind the numbers announcing big increases in Canada’s student recruiting numbers from India. RCI commentator Victor Nerenberg interviewed Canadian University Application Centre (CUAC) Director Mel Broitman, and asked if Canada is indeed getting the best and the brightest.

The full RCI story can be heard by linking to:

http://www.rcinet.ca/english/column/the-indo-canadian-report-with-rashi-khilnani/15-48_2011-01-05-indian-student-recruitment-soars/

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Bed Bug Free Travel

With reports of bed bugs on the rise in cities throughout North America (notably New York and Toronto), it’s no wonder that some of us are a concerned about the possibility of running into the pesky creatures while out on the road. The good news, however, is that you’re not defenseless! Here are some tips to help you steer clear of infested hotel rooms – as well as lessen the chance of bringing any of the unwanted ‘guests’ home with you at the end of your trip!

First, thoroughly inspect any hotel room before you unpack your bags. Be careful not to set your bags on the bed or carpeted floor – instead, set them on a wooden or metal rack, shelf, or table while you search the room. If you are able to fit your luggage into big plastic bags, this is another great way to keep bugs out (and it might be worth packing a few spare trash bags, just for this purpose).

Next, pull back the bed sheets and inspect the mattress seams, paying particular attention to corners – you’re looking for telltale brownish or reddish spots. Besides the bed, bed bugs can also be found in box springs, behind baseboards, electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper, in upholstery and/or furniture.

If you think you find any signs of infestation, immediately request a room change – and ensure your new room is not adjacent to the possibly infested one. If staying at a private residence, alert the owner or housekeeper of your suspicions.

In order to prevent tracking any bugs home with you, make sure to inspect and vacuum all suitcases before bringing them into the house. Wash all clothes (whether worn or not) in hot water, or take them to a dry cleaner. And finally, if you ever suspect an infestation in your own home, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect the property.

For more information on bedbugs, visit www.pestworld.org. You can also keep an eye out for places to avoid on bedbugregistry.com – a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the U.S. and Canada.

Source: “Travel tips on how to avoid encounters with bedbugs”. Travel Smart, December 8, 2010. http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/travelsmart/2010/12/08/travel-tips-on-how-to-avoid-encounters-with-bedbugs/

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