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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Volume 7 Issue 30, September 17 2008

LET’S GO CANADA

Kazakhstan to Canada? Fewer takers

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

Korean Universities to Attract 100,000 Foreign Students

OVER THE COUNTER

New Zealand universities woo Indian students

GLOBE TIPPING

Festival season in India

1)LET’S GO CANADA-Kazakhstan to Canada? Fewer takers

Canada is losing ground in a potentially promising market for international students. Kazakhstan, a huge land mass, underpopulated, bordering super powers and rich in natural resources (sounds familiar ?), has in recent years become a target for American, British and Australian university recruiting efforts. Canadian institutions have been typically a smaller players, and may get smaller.

Reports this summer indicate taking eight to nine weeks to issue Canadian Study Permits. The delays are commonly a result of the fact there is no Canadian Visa Office in Kazakhstan and processing is only done in Moscow. The Russian capital Moscow is far from the Kazakh capital Astana, both in terms of geography and historical divisions between them.

As one Kazakh agency told Higher-Edge, “it is much easier to receive a student visa to the U.S. as it only takes them 30 minutes to check the application materials, and all the paperwork is done the same day. This is why a lot of students who are interested in Canadian universities choose to go the U.S. instead.”

2)ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Korean Universities to Attract 100,000 Foreign Students

The Korean government has announced plans to attract 100,000 foreign students to the country by 2010. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will increase the number of scholarships available to foreign students from 1500 this year to 2,450 in 2010 and 3,000 by 2012.

Universities will also receive incentives in the form of a combined $2.1 million Cdn. grant to open more English- only and Korean-language classes. More dormitories will be offered to foreigners as well. Foreign students will also be extended help in finding work in Korea. The number of foreign students in Korea has jumped three-fold over the last four years to 55,000 this year.

Source: “http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/08/117_28752.html“, Korean Times, August 4 2008

3)OVER THE COUNTER-New Zealand universities woo Indian students

In a bid to increase numbers of Indian students, the New Zealand government is providing a nine-month extension to students’ visas to help them find jobs in the country. “It is a new initiative of the New Zealand government and it has helped increase the number of Indian students by more than 25 per cent last year,” said Paul Vaughan, trade commissioner (South Asia) of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. The number of Indian students admitted to various courses across universities last year was around 4300.

source: “http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Kiwi-universities-woo-students-from-India/355455/“, Indian Express, August 31 2008

4)GLOBE TIPPING-Festival season in India

For those of you planning a trip to India, be advised that festival season is around the corner. Two major Hindu festivals, Dusshera and Diwali are celebrated in the months of October and November throughout India. Schools are generally closed during these festivals. A useful resource to consult is http://www.timeanddate.com/ which lists out holidays in the country.

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