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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Volume 7 Issue 4, January 30 2008

1) LET’S GO CANADA-Japanese university uses English to lure students
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Few takers for graduate education in China
3) OVER THE COUNTER-Law to curb exam cheating in China
4) GLOBE TIPPING-International Calling Cards

1) LET’S GO CANADA-Japanese university uses English to lure students

The University of Tokyo, one of Japan’s top universities will offer a graduate programme taught entirely in English. It will be the University of Tokyo’s first English-only program in the Humanities, although English has been the medium used to teach various science courses.

The increasing proportion of Japanese universities offering programs in English is part of a larger trend in the region. In Overseas, Overwhelmed dated February 28, 2007, Higher- Edge had reported on Korean universities increasing their program offerings in English in a bid to stop the brain drain. 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.

Japan launched the “Asian Gateway Initiative” in 2007 by boosting airline routes and encouraging more foreign students to study in the country. However, for the majority of Asian students opting for an overseas education, United States is the obvious choice. “Students can gain a better understanding of Asia by studying it in Japan rather than in the United States,” said Shunya Yoshimi, director of university’s Graduate School of Inter-disciplinary Information Studies, which will administer the degree.

Source: “http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_japans-top-school-uses-english-to-lure-asians_1146653“, Daily News and Analysis, January 21 2008

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-Few takers for graduate education in China

Despite some reports that Chinese students are becoming more reluctant to go abroad, latest figures indicate Chinese students are getting increasingly disenchanted by the quality of graduate education available in their country.

The number of applicants for the postgraduate entrance examination from Chinese students dropped by more than 80,000 from last year, the first downturn since 2001. However, more university graduates have indicated that they would prefer to pursue masters or doctoral degrees overseas. The number of applicants for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) hit a record 210,000 last year, and the number of students travelling to the United States to study for advanced degrees also witnessed a sharp rise last year.

Several students are of the opinion that advanced degrees from domestic universities are not as valuable as they used to be when it comes to finding work in China’s competitive job market. However, the fact that many graduates still want to study abroad suggests that the perceptions are different for degrees from foreign universities.

Source: “http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-01/22/content_7470031.htm“, China Daily, January 22 2008

3) OVER THE COUNTER-Law to curb exam cheating in China

The Chinese government is drafting a law that will curb cheating during examinations. More than 1.2 million students wrote this year’s postgraduate examination last weekend and numerous cheats were exposed. Students have adopted innovative ways to cheat such as using mobile phones and two-way radios during examinations. Organised cheating rings are also known to exist.

According to the Education Ministry spokesman Wang Xuming, the examination law will “upgrade exam order and standards.” The law may include tougher penalties for those using unfair means. Current punishments, according to Ministry of Education regulations, include a mandatory fail.

Source: “http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-01/25/content_6420877.htm“, The China Daily, January 25 2008

4) GLOBE TIPPING-International Calling Cards

Calling cards can be an inexpensive way to keep in touch when on the road. According to a website that offers calling card tips, InternationalCallingCard.com, the number one tip to remember when buying a phone card is “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!” They advise users to be cautious of providers who offer extremely low rates to anywhere in the world.

Those planning on using calling cards should also take note of the billing increments; 3 or 5 minute billing should be avoided, while per second or per minute billing is recommended. InternationalCallingCard.com also offers a search for calling cards.

Source: http://www.internationalcallingcard.com/

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