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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

Volume 7 Issue 3; January 23, 2008

1) LET’S GO CANADA-More foreign students at British universities
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-200,000 Chinese Students to Study Overseas in 2008
3) OVER THE COUNTER-Kenya crisis affecting universities
4) GLOBE TIPPING-Global Holidays on the Web

1) LET’S GO CANADA-More foreign students at British universities

Britain seems to be fortifying its position as a popular leading destination for international students. According to recent figures, the number of foreign undergraduate students at British universities has increased by 8 per cent to almost 50,000. Double digit increases in students from China and other European Union (EU) member countries have contributed to this significant rise.

Diana Warwick, chief executive of Universities UK, said: “The UK continues to punch above its weight, with only the United States attracting more international students in absolute terms.” University College London has stated that it attracted a high number of foreign students even though “the international context in which universities operate has become increasingly competitive”.

Foreign students from non-EU countries such as China – which tops the list with 5,058 successful applicants for 2007-08 – are beneficial because universities can charge them higher fees, which help finance facilities such as student bodies etc.

Source: “http://www.ft.com/cms/s/a3197f94-c568-11dc-811a-0000779fd2ac,Authorised=false.html?_i_location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2Fa3197f94-c568-11dc-811a-0000779fd2ac.html&_i_referer=#axzz1n1ic9swO“, The Financial Times, january 18, 2008

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-200,000 Chinese Students to Study Overseas in 2008

According to media reports, the number of Chinese students heading overseas for studies will touch a figure of 200,000 this year. China Daily has indicated that this new figure will be a significant increase from the “average of 130,000 Chinese who have been going abroad for studies every year over the past few years.”

The increasing interest in overseas education is a result of the country’s bleak job scenario. While China is expecting to produce 5.5 million college graduates this year (up from five million in 2007), one-fifth of 2007 college graduates had failed to find a job by the end of the year, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE). The Ministry has also indicated that the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada are the top choices for Chinese students keen to study abroad. The easing of U.S. visa rules last year has pushed the United States to the top of the list.

Source: “http://www.bizchina-update.com/content/view/489/1/“, The News, January 17 2008

3) OVER THE COUNTER-Kenya crisis affecting universities

The political unrest in Kenya has seriously affected university education in the region. Several universities in Kenya have postponed their opening dates due to the post- election violence. Kenyatta University, United States International University (USIU), University of Nairobi, Maseno, Egerton and Moi universities have alerted students not to resume classes as earlier planned.

Other universities in the region such as Kampala University in Uganda have also been affected by the ensuing violence. At the graduation ceremony of Kampala University in Uganda, Professor Badru Kateregga, Vice Chancellor indicated many Kenyan students had failed to make it for the graduation function. He added that over 50% of the 530 graduates were Kenyan nationals, some of whom travelled from as far as Mombasa.

“We at Kampala University keep praying for a quick restoration of peace in Kenya since we are direct stakeholders in that country’s economy. The situation in the last three weeks has really affected us,” Kateregga said.

Source: “http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/607234“, The New Vision, January 17 2008

http://allafrica.com/stories/200801040643.htmlThe East African Standard, January 4 2008

4) GLOBE TIPPING-Global Holidays on the Web

The World Wide Web offers a number of easy-to-use, free resources for world travellers wanting to keep tabs on the holidays of the countries they’ll be visiting. Go to http://www.bank-holidays.com/ for a listing of not only bank and school holidays, but also possibly disruptive events such as strikes. You can see the current semester, or pay a fee to see events from now until 2050. Another website, http://www.intellicast.com/ shows, by month, major holidays around the world at a glance. The third, http://www.earthcalendar.net/index.php allows one to search holidays by date, by country, by religion and by other parameters.

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