Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Saskatchewan Eases the Way for International Students
U.K., Australia Hot in South India
Applicants Not Necessarily Drawn to Lower Tuition Fees: U.K. Study
Seated Yoga for Exercise, Relaxation During Flight
1) LET’S GO CANADA – Saskatchewan Eases the Way for International Students
Foreign students may find it easier to qualify for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), which fast-tracks applicants to permanent residency, after changes to the program announced by the Saskatchewan government last month.
International graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions are now eligible to apply for SINP if they have worked full-time in any occupation for at least 6 months in Saskatchewan. Before this fall’s changes, the six months of work must have been in the applicants’ field of study only.
Since SINP was established, 158 international students have been nominated to become permanent Saskatchewan residents. Approximately 3,500 foreign students study per year in Saskatchewan.
Source: “http://www.paherald.sk.ca/Education/2008-11-18/article-170633/Changes-to-immigration-for-international-students/1,” Prince Albert Daily Herald, Nov. 18, 2008
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – U.K., Australia Hot in South India
The global economic slowdown appears to be feeding the demand for a British or Australian tertiary education in at least one region of India.
According to L Dhanasekaran, Education U.K.’s head for south India, the number of visas issued from south India for students applying to study in Britain in 2008 was 11,126—163 per cent higher than last year’s total of 6,846. An increase in inquiries about studying in Britain next year has Mr. Dhanasekaran estimating that the number of applicants from across India will be 20 per cent higher next year than this year.
One key likely reason, he said, is the tendency for young people to study rather than look for work at times when work is hard to find. Making the U.K. in particular more attractive is a recent rule allowing foreign students to work there for up to two years.
Australia also appears to be attracting dramatically more Indian students. The number of Indian students admitted to Australian tertiary institutions is reported to have increased by roughly 25 per cent in the first half of 2008 compared to the same period a year earlier.
Source: “http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2008-12-02/bangalore/27888747_1_international-students-foreign-students-idp-education,” Times of India, Dec. 2, 2008
3) OVER THE COUNTER – Applicants Not Necessarily Drawn to Lower Tuition Fees: U.K. Study
The fees charged by a university appear to have no bearing on the number of international students who will apply to study there, a new study suggests.
The paper, written by two Lancaster University economists, studied application figures for 97 British universities between 2002 and 2007. It focused on the most popular courses with foreign students—business and engineering, at the undergraduate level.
It’s possible, the authors said, that once international students had decided to take the expensive step of studying in Britain, the exact difference in costs across the universities did not seem that important to them.
Among the study’s other findings: international students appear to be more swayed by measures such as university rankings than universities’ overseas marketing efforts; and they are also more drawn to universities closer to London—a belief shared by the British Council.
Increasingly, the study claimed, international students are “experience-seekers”—people looking at their university years as an entire experience, not just a stepping-stone to a career. These people are likely to be swayed by whether or not the place they’re going to study is considered “happening” by their peers.
Source: “http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=404422&c=1,” Times Higher Education, Nov. 27, 2008
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Seated Yoga for Exercise, Relaxation During Flight
One of the most uncomfortable aspects of travel is surely the necessity—especially during long flights—of remaining seated. The immobility required during long flights has even been linked to “economy class syndrome,” or travellers’ thrombosis, a life-threatening condition. However, it is possible to exercise and stretch while seated; a number of books and websites include instructions on how to do simple yoga exercises from a chair. Simple instructions and video clips for 19 yoga exercises—some of which, admittedly, may get you more attention than you’d like—can be found for free at:http://www.soundtells.com/YogaSitting/Online/index.htm