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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Volume 7 issue 5, February 6 2008

OVERSEAS OVERWHELMED
Vol 7, Issue 5 February 6, 2008
A Bulletin for Canadian International Education Professionals


1) LET’S GO CANADA-Universities in NSW Build Ties in China, India
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-S. Korea law school plan runs into trouble
3) OVER THE COUNTER-Malaysia’s global ambition
4) GLOBE TIPPING-India Taxi Do’s and Don’ts

1) LET’S GO CANADA-Universities in NSW Build Ties in China, India

Eager to cash in on the growth wave witnessed in China and India, universities in New South Wales (NSW) are rapidly building ties with their counterparts in these two countries. Following a November visit to India and China by a NSW delegation, a series of agreements have been signed.

All NSW universities – and the University of Canberra – signed a memorandum of understanding with the Guangdong Education Association for International Exchange, representing the province’s top 10 universities, for a student and staff exchange and research collaboration. Among other deals signed, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney signed an agreement with Sun Yat Sen University in Guongzhou to research traditional Chinese medicine. The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), will collaborate in engineering research with the Chinese National Thermal Power Corporation. UTS also signed a deal with the GGS Indraprasatha University in India for research collaboration.

Describing India and China’s emergence and the reasons behind the collaboration, higher education delegation leader Ian Goulter, vice-chancellor of Charles Sturt University said, “They are very important. They have got very good universities and they are global forces in education and the economy. It is important for Australian universities to be partnered with them and to be involved in their
research. To ignore them is just not sensible.”

Source: “http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/nsw-unis-look-to-build-asian-ties/story-e6frgcjx-1111115056996“,The Australian, December 7 2007

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE-S. Korea law school plan runs into trouble

South Korea’s plan to set up U.S.-style law schools next year has sparked off a nationwide controversy. While the Education Ministry is to publish the list of universities selected to open law schools next year, reportedly, those institutions not chosen have threatened legal action to put the new system on hold.

Non-selected schools fear that their law programs will suffer a significant plunge in their rankings, even forcing some to close. Institutes have spent significant amounts of money to boost their qualifications by constructing new buildings and recruiting well- known professors, so schools that are not selected face financial losses. Twelve schools in Seoul and 13 from provincial cities have been chosen from 41 applicants. An annual quota of 2,000 students was set for the first classes at the new schools.

The post-graduate system, replacing the state bar exam, seeks to meet the rising demand for lawyers and produce legal experts from various backgrounds. South Korea’s legal market is expected to open in the coming years when the country’s free trade agreement with the United States, signed last year, gets a legal stamp.

Source: “http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2008/02/04/21/0301000000AEN20080204001700315F.HTML“, Yonhap News, February 4 2008

3) OVER THE COUNTER-Malaysia’s global ambition

With a view to becoming a major exporter of higher education in Asia, the Malaysian government is working extra hard to exercise quality control in local educational institutions. Private institutes have been told to ensure that their lecturers are competent to deliver quality education in efforts to make Malaysia recognised as a regional education hub. According to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, this is important as the country planned to increase its foreign student enrolment from 55,000 to 100,000 by 2010. With increasing competition from Singapore, China, India and Thailand, the Malaysian government plans to enhance the profile of the country’s higher education sector globally.

The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) has launched the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR), a list of all higher education programmes offered by public and private institutions in the country that have been accredited by the MQA. With the full list of
programmes likely to be published in March, the development is one of several efforts by the Ministry of Education to secure a place for Malaysia on the global education map.

Source: “Najib: Foreign student enrolment expected to reach 100,000“, The Star, February 1 2008

4) GLOBE TIPPING-India Taxi Do’s and Don’ts

For individual travelers, the taxi may be the most commonly used mode of transport used to travel within a city. Here are some quick tips that may help with riding taxis in India.

Do’s

Hire a taxi from your hotel whose staff will recommend reputable carriers. Make sure the meter is set to zero before starting your ride. Make an effort to familiarize yourself as to where you are going and how long it should take to get there by using a map or asking your hotel for written directions. Make sure your hotel, tour operator, or someone local knows where you are going and which transport company you have hired .

Don’ts

It’s not a good idea to hire any type of transportation from unlicensed or unapproved operators. Riders in India do not usually “share” a taxi so if you see more than one person inside, it may be better to wait for the next one. Don’t feel obliged to give the driver details such as your length of stay, travel plans, etc. Any further transport should be arranged through the company and not the individual driver

Source: http://goindia.about.com/od/gettingaround/qt/taxidnd.htm

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