Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
British licensing scheme regulates non-EU international students, UK colleges
TOEFL fraud in Hyderabad
Korean international education spending drops 51%
1) LET’S GO CANADA – British licensing scheme regulates non-EU international students, UK colleges
The UK is launching a new points-based immigration system for student visas in January 2009. Tier 4 of the five-tiered system introduces a regulatory scheme requiring colleges that wish to enroll international students to apply for and maintain licenses. Colleges that fail to adhere to the rules could face penalties, such as being barred from enrolling international students in the future.
Under the scheme, international students will have to be sponsored by a licensed institution, provide fingerprints, and prove that they are capable of financially supporting accompanying dependents. They will also have to score a required number of points in order to gain entrance into the country.
International students will also be granted special immigration options upon graduation. Students who have been sponsored by a licensed institution and have completed their degrees will be able to apply for a Tier 1 visa, allowing them to stay and work in the UK for up to two years.
Source: “http://www.globalvisas.com/news/new_system_ensures_only_legitimate_foreign_students_can_study_in_uk751.html,” Global Visas, 6 January 2009.
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – TOEFL fraud in Hyderabad
Some Indians wishing to study in the US are hiring peers with proficient English skills to take their TOEFL tests.
In Hyderabad, proxy candidates charge INR 25,000 or more to act as an impersonator and guarantee a score of at least 100.
TOEFL testing centres require that candidates have their photos taken before being tested to verify that the student presenting is the student who has applied. Proxy candidates and employees at testing centres are working in collusion to bypass security measures.
This isn’t the first time TOEFL fraud has appeared in the news. The LA Times published a long piece on http://articles.latimes.com/1999/feb/07/magazine/tm-5595. In May 2002, 61 US international students were arrested on charges of http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2003/03/05/7516/.
Genuine Indian students worry that TOEFL fraud will hamper their chances of being admitted to US schools.
Source: “http://www.hindu.com/2009/01/07/stories/2009010758210100.htm,” The Hindu, 7 January 2008.
3) OVER THE COUNTER – Korean international education spending drops 51%
For the past few years an increasing number of South Korean students have left the country seeking higher quality education overseas. Many of them have extended their study periods and have brought over accompanying family members, leaving fathers behind to foot the bill.
But in November 2008 South Koreans spent $168 million on overseas education, down 51% from the $343 million spent in the previous November. This marks the steepest drop since the Asian financial crisis of 1997/98.
The drop is due to global financial turmoil and a depreciated Korean won. The won plunged 25.7% to the dollar last year alone, becoming one of the world’s worst-performing currencies.
Students in the education-obsessed country are reluctant to completely abandon their plans, though, citing a fear of falling behind. Many have cancelled studies abroad for the year, hoping an increase in the won will allow them to travel in the future.
Source: “http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2009/01/123_37284.html,” The Korea Times, 5 January 2009.
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2009/01/123_37341.html,” The Korea Times, 5 January 2009.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/10/world/asia/10students.html?_r=1,” New York Times, 9 January 2009.
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Portable power
Carrying cords for every powered device in your carry-on can be cumbersome. Ecosol has developed a charging tool that connects your mobile devices to your laptop, allowing you to power up while on the road.
The Powerstick is roughly the size of a stick of Wrigley’s and comes with nine adapters. It charges your mobile from your usb port and stores an extra charge in its battery that can be used when you don’t have access to your laptop.
The battery only retains 750 mAh worth of power, which means it might not be able to completely charge your larger mobile devices. However, it’s the perfect tool for charging up in emergencies or while you’re on the road.
For more info, visit www.powerstick.com.