Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
Canadian Schools Need More Foreign Grad Students: AUCC
U.K. Announces New Measures to Block Entry of False Foreign Students
Disappointed in Dubai
International Flights: Check Before You Connect
1) THE PLAYING FIELD –Canadian Schools Need More Foreign Grad Students: AUCC
Canada will need to attract more foreign graduate students to help replenish its shrinking pool of university and college researchers and teachers, warns a recently-released report.
According to the report, produced by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), about half of Canada’s roughly 41,000 researchers and teachers will have left their jobs by 2016. But replacing them will be more difficult than before because government and industry are competing harder to attract people with graduate degrees. Meanwhile, emerging economies like China, India, Brazil and Russia are starting to spend more money on research, increasing the global demand for highly-educated workers. To cope with this increased competition, Canadian institutions will have to both produce more graduate students and recruit more from other countries, said Michelle Gauthier, the AUCC’s director of research and policy analysis.
The report can be downloaded for free at the AUCC website,http://www.aucc.ca/publications/media/2008/momentum2008_10_21_e.html
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – U.K. Announces New Measures to Block Entry of False Foreign Students
The British government is planning a raft of measures including fingerprinting of students and the licensing of institutions in order to reduce the number of bogus international students and bogus schools in the country.
Starting next March, universities and colleges will need licenses to teach non-European students, Britain’s Borders and Immigration minister announced last week. These students will have to be sponsored by a licensed school and be fingerprinted. They will be given student visas only if they can prove they have a “track record in education,” as well as the means to financially support themselves and any dependents.
The U.K. is growing increasingly concerned about the number of people using student visas for purposes other than study—and also the institutions that allow them to do this. Since the beginning of 2005, the government has removed nearly 300 colleges in the country from its list of education and training providers.
3) OVER THE COUNTER – Disappointed in Dubai
It was an abysmal failure for the biggest brand in education fairs in the Arabian Gulf. GETEX, known for its popular and successful April education fair in Dubai, made an attempt to add a fall fair, holding it last week from October 28 to 30. The first of these three days fell on the most important annual Indian festival—Diwali. Attendance was almost non-existent in a city with an almost 50% Indian expatriate population. The second and third days were not much better. School kids were bussed in for the morning sessions, but it was mostly window dressing. Dubai’s traffic congestion chaos kept away the evening crowds, and unlike in April, this version of GETEX did not run on the weekend in Dubai—which every city resident will say is the only option to attract families to the exhibition.
Approximately forty institutions attended and were disappointed. Some had come to Dubai from Bahrain, where GETEX had held an education exhibition days earlier. The venue for this earlier exhibition was so far from the capital city, Manama that one exhibitor said he did not want to even go there. Bahrainis certainly didn’t bother to make the effort and attendance was horrendous. Many exhibitors threw their voluminous materials in the garbage. No one whom Higher-Edge spoke with at the Fair said they would return for a GETEX Fall Fair circuit.
4) GLOBE TIPPING –International Flights: Check Before You Connect
When flying into a new city and transferring planes, be sure to check in advance whether you’ll need to change airports. In some cities, such as Buenos Aires, a change of airports involving significant travel time may be necessary. Similarly, when departing for an onward flight from a major city, check to be sure of the airport location. Many cities have more than one airport, and while some cities have an international airport for international flights and a domestic airport for domestic flights, others have more than one airport running both international and domestic flights.