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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Volume 8, Issue 29; September 9, 2009

LET’S GO CANADA

International Campuses on the Rise

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

Skepticism over Malaysia’s plans to become a Regional Education Hub


OVER THE COUNTER

A Piece of the Pie: Australia to set up Shop in India


GLOBE TIPPING

Sitting Pretty: Looking Fresh after Long Haul Flights

1) LET’S GO CANADA –International Campuses on the Rise

According to a study by the Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, a British Research Institute, international branch campuses have risen by 43% in the last three years.

Branch campuses are institutions that have the name of and are run by a foreign institution and that award full degrees from that institution.  Of such campuses, the United States has 78, followed by Australia with 14, Britain with 13 and France and Britain tied at 11.

The top host country is the United Arad Emirates (UAE) with 40, a quarter of the total.  The attraction to the UAE lies in its high demand for tertiary education and its wealth of oil income which allows the government to provide incentives for foreign institutions.  China follows with 15, Singapore 12, Qatar 9 and Canada 6. 

Source: “http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/09/03/branchInside Higher Ed, September 3, 2009

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Skepticism over Malaysia’s plans to become a Regional Education Hub

As part of its plan to attract international students, Malaysia will be hosting an international education conference organized jointly by the Organisation for Borderless Higher Education and the University of Nottingham’s Malaysia campus. 

Malaysia’s biggest external challenge comes from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse Concept, a programme launched in 2002 to attract international students.  Singapore’s economical and technological superiority makes it more attractive to international students, particularly from India, China and even Malaysia.

Additional competition comes from Thailand, whose Higher Education Commission plans to apply a US based education assessment programme to its higher education institutions aims to improve their quality of education. The Baldridge National Quality Programme is internationally accepted and will help Thailand attract more international students.

Malaysia’s plans are further marred by internal disarray in the education system as well as questions as to quality assurance of courses currently offered. 

However, significantly, Malaysia is ideally poised, geographically and philosophically, to become a hub for Islamic Education, particularly in finance.  It is also remains attractive for students in the Middle East and Africa due to the comparatively low cost of education.

Source: “http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20090903203756838University World News, September 6, 2009

Source: “http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/07/27/national/national_30108410.phpThe Nation, July 27, 2009

3) OVER THE COUNTER –A Piece of the Pie: Australia to set up Shop in India

Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Kapil Sibal met in India earlier this month to discuss the prospect of Australian universities partnering with Indian Institutions.

Most Australian universities would find it too expensive to build campuses in India and would look at more cost-effective options such as collaborations. 

Other big names like Yale and Cambridge and Imperial College London are also reportedly keen to court Indian students at home.

Source “http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-09-01/india-to-open-door-to-australian-universities/1413040ABC News, September 1, 2009

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Sitting Pretty: Looking Fresh after Long Haul Flights

Arriving refreshed and ready for a business meeting straight off a long flight is not easy.  However drinking smart keeps protects you from the dehydrating effects of cabin air conditioning.  While you may be tempted to load up on caffeine drinks like tea and coffee to stay alert, these act as diuretics and can leave you looking and feeling drained.  Instead, drink plenty of water.  And get an aisle seat.

Plenty more useful tips to be found on: 

http://jenna-galley.suite101.com/what-to-pack-for-a-long-flight-a130452Suite 101.com, July 7, 2009

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