Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
West Coast Degree Rush!
Study highlights students’ language barrier
Ministry Skips Final Exams for High School Seniors
Using ATMs abroad
1) LET’S GO CANADA-West Coast Degree Rush!
The plan to confer the status of university upon five British Columbia colleges will address the current limited seat capacity at the Province’s universities. The colleges expect that their new status will further enable them to compete for international students.
While as colleges, Malaspina, Kwantlen and Fraser Valley, have been three of the most active and successful Canadian institutions attracting foreign students. Receiving university status will significantly enhance their positioning among families overseas for whom the university designation is paramount. Combining further advantages of their west coast presence and proximity to Asia, B.C.’s “new” universities will add even more domestic competition for the foreign student market among Canada’s established universities. Note that Capilano College and the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design complete the group of colleges which could officially become five new B.C. universities by September 2008.
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Study highlights students’ language barrier
According to a new study by Dr Bob Birrell from Monash University, many foreign students who study in Australia cannot speak English well enough to get jobs under skilled migrant visas after they graduate. The report analyzes how many skilled migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds manage to get jobs relevant to their qualifications. Dr Birrell found the greatest failure rate was among overseas students from non-English speaking countries who studied in Australia and went on to be accepted as skilled migrants.
Source: “http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-04-29/study-highlights-students-language-barrier/2418510“, ABC News, April 29 2008
3) OVER THE COUNTER-Ministry Skips Final Exams for High School Seniors
Starting this academic year, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education has allowed public and private boys and girls schools to prepare their own examinations. Previously, the year-end examinations were organized by the government. According to Abdulaziz Al-Jarallah, director of media at the Ministry of Education, education officials would still engage in “regular monitoring throughout the year.”
”Previously, schools used to control 70 percent of the students’ evaluation and only 30 percent depends on the ministry’s unified exams,” he said. Now that the high school senior GPA combines results of the 11th and 12th grades, examinations of the final semester make only 15 percent of the total evaluation.
Source: “http://archive.arabnews.com/?page=1§ion=0&article=107448&d=4&m=3&y=2008&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom“, Arab News, March 4 2008
4) GLOBE TIPPING-Using ATMs abroad
Whether you need euros, shekels, pesos or pounds, making a withdrawal from an ATM is generally the easiest and cheapest way to get cash abroad. The biggest advantage of exchanging money with your ATM card is that all cash withdrawals, regardless of size, are exchanged based on the wholesale exchange rate, which is usually reserved only for very large interbank exchanges.
This rate is often 2 – 5 percent better than what you can get from exchanging traveler’s checks at a local exchange counter. In addition, local banks or money change bureaus will add on transaction fees, which can easily eat up another 2 percent of your money.
That’s not to say there aren’t any fees associated with international ATM withdrawals — see below — but if you need cash, you will still almost always get the best exchange rate at the lowest possible cost by using your ATM card.