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Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Volume 7, Issue 2; January 16, 2008

1)LET’S GO CANADA-Japan’s universities on the brink
2)ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Foreign students staying on illegally in Britain not to be deported
3)OVER THE COUNTER-Indian students flock to China
4)GLOBE TIPPING-Tourist safety in India

1)LET’S GO CANADA-Japan’s universities on the brink

As demand from local students shrinks, several of Japan’s 744 universities are focusing on newer methods to attract more foreign students in order to fill places and avert financial crisis. While some universities are offering part-time studies to draw office employees, certain other universities such as Waseda University are offering the majority of lectures in English.

The increasing proportion of Japanese universities offering programs in English is part of a larger trend in the region. In http://higher-edge.com/docs/oov-9_08-20070228.pdf Higher-Edge had reported on Korean universities that were increasing their program offerings in English in a bid to stop the brain drain. For example, Yonsei University and Korea University are offering more classes in English to prevent students from flocking to British and North American campuses and, attract foreign students of their own.

Source: “http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/jan/15/internationaleducationnews.highereducation“, the guardian, january 15, 2008

2)ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Foreign students staying on illegally in Britain not to be deported

Britain’s Border and Immigration Agency have been ordered to be lenient towards foreign students who overstay their visas. Under the new regulations, foreign students will not be deported routinely for staying on illegally. Only those students accused of fraud or corruption will be deported. The move has attracted widespread criticism in Britain since media reports have indicated that bogus colleges are being used by “students” as fronts to stay on in the country illegally.

Source: “http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/jan/07/uk.education“,the guardian, january 7 2008

3)OVER THE COUNTER-Indian students flock to China

Indian students continue to flock to China to study medicine. Despite a regulation issued by China on July 25, 2007 that reduced the number of Chinese universities which can enrol foreign students and teach medicine in English to 30. http://higher-edge.com/docs/oov-9_30-20070919.pdf. According to Jasminder Kasturia, first secretary of the Indian Embassy to China, the number of Indian medical students in colleges and universities in China has risen sharply in recent years. There are more than 6,000 Indian students studying in China now, most of who are studying medicine. At the Tianjin Medical University (TMU), more than 400 Indian students are currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in medicine.

Source: “http://www.china.org.cn/english/international/239420.htm“, China
Daily
, january 15 2007

4)GLOBE TIPPING-Tourist safety in India

There have been recent reports of rising crime against tourists in India, specifically female travellers. Business travellers as well as tourists need to take adequate safety measures while travelling throughout India. A new web site http://www.saferindia.com/kiranbedi/ promoted by the India Vision Foundation, is both an attempt to strengthen police services throughout the country as well as educate people about getting police help in India.

source: “http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2008-01-15/edit-page/27775596_1_dowry-deaths-number-of-violent-crimes-molestation-cases“, The times India, january 15 2008

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