Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
Aberdeen’s international students worth £75 million a year
EU instruction in English may syphon students from Britain
Conflicting reports on Australian overseas enrollment
Exiting India: a closer look
1) LET’S GO CANADA – Aberdeen’s international students worth £75 million a year
In July 2008, the municipal government of Aberdeen, Scotland, released an analysis of the economic impact that international students have on the city.
The report highlights a roughly 30% increase in the number of international students studying in Aberdeen between 2002 and 2006, citing the USA, India, China, Nigeria, and Malaysia as its main source countries.
After adjusting for EU international students who don’t pay fees but pay living costs, and distance learners who pay fees but don’t contribute to the local economy, the report estimates that international students studying in Aberdeen were worth £67 million in 2005/06. According to the Press Journal, figures now exceed £75 million.
Aberdeen is also exceptional at retaining international students post graduation. Aberdeen ranks second only to Edinburgh among Scottish cities that students choose to work in once they’ve finished, adding further tax, consumer, and tourism revenue to the region.
The report notes a few challenges, namely a lack of affordable housing and part-time employment for international students.
Source: “http://ihec-djc.blogspot.com/2009/01/aberdeen-city-council-investigates.html,” International Higher Education Consulting, 21 January 2009.
http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/869642?UserKey=,” The Press and Journal, 3 October 2008.
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – EU instruction in English may syphon students from Britain
European schools are making a run at the English language masters, executive masters, and PhD markets.
Sweden now offers high-quality instruction at a minimal cost. France, though historically protectionist of the French language, now offers 300 programs in English. Switzerland offers more than 200 MSc programs in English at a rate lower than most UK schools could afford to charge thanks to the Swiss public subsidy.
While undergraduate programs are still lacking in strength and diversity, new post-graduate programs in traditionally “Anglo-Saxon” qualifications like MBA and LLM give students an opportunity to study in an exotic environment but continue to learn in English. Picking up the local language is an option and added bonus.
Schools like the IE Business School Madrid, though it markets to an elite demographic, already has almost as diverse an international student population as the London Business School. While IE has set up partnerships with British institutions to provide its students with study and employment opportunities, it may ultimately poach the very students British schools need to remain competitive.
Source “http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=405051,” Times Higher Education, 22 January 2009.
3) OVER THE COUNTER – Conflicting reports on Australian overseas enrollment
Institutions like the University of Technology Sydney face lower-than-expected overseas enrollments this year, but schools in Adelaide and Canberra are experiencing the opposite.
South Australia experienced a 29.2% increase in overseas students commencing studies in the year to November 2008. While interstate schools are talking of above-normal pullout and deferral rates, Adelaide schools are dealing with record-high numbers of students. Last year 27,748 overseas students studied at South Australia schools, a number that’s expected to exceed 30,000 by the end of this year.
Canberra is also experiencing a boom. The University of Canberra, the Australian National University, and the Canberra Institute of Technology all report increases in overseas applications and enrollments.
Reports from of increased deferrals from interstate schools could signal the softening of Australia’s $14.2 billion a year education industry. However, a weakening Australian dollar and the fact that Australia is still seen as a safe place to live could serve to counter the downward trend.
Source: “http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/overseas-students-pull-out/story-e6frgcjx-1111118599495,” The Australian, 19 January 2009.
“http://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-01-19/financial-crisis-hurting-overseas-student-numbers/270582,’” ABC News, 19 January 2009.
“http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/record-overseas-students-tipped/story-e6frea83-1111118609487,” Adelaide Now, 20 January 2009.
“http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/boom-in-canberras-overseas-enrolments/1411133.aspx,” Canberra Times, 20 January 2009.
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Exiting India: a closer look
Travellers with visas to foreign countries are normally granted a time span to make their trip. In most cases, a visa is granted with a “window of entry.” As long as one enters the country within that window, the travel is valid and the stay is permitted in accordance with the guidelines of the visa, e.g., one week, ten days, one month, etc.
India has an unusual regulation. Its visa expiry dates include the last date a traveller can remain in the country irrespective of the date the traveller arrived. Thus the traveller must exit India before the last day indicated on the visa. It is not uncommon for Indian airports to refuse exit to travellers who have entered India during the visa validity but are attempting to leave after the visa expiration (a normal practice in most of the world, as immigration controls are based on “entry” and not “exit”). In India however, exit will be refused if the visa has expired, and travellers must then leave the airport and seek a visa extension from government authorities before permitted to leave India.