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Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Volume 8, Issue 34; October 14, 2009

LET’S GO CANADA

Times Higher Education World Rankings Published

ABROAD PERSPECTIVE

US Expansion into Australia met with Trepidation


OVER THE COUNTER

International Student Figures Double in the UK

GLOBE TIPPING

Avoiding Travel Mishaps

1) LET’S GO CANADA – Times Higher Education World Rankings Published

The Times Higher Education published its 2009 world rankings of universities. 

The ranking, a collaboration between THE and higher education consultants Quacquarelli Symonds, is used around the world by consumers – parents and students – as well as academics looking for work and employers seeking recruits.   In all, universities from 32 countries are resented in the top 200. 

The UK and the US retained their stranglehold on the top 10 places with the US having the most institutions in the top 200 with a total of 54.   Despite recent bad press, Australia faired well in the rankings, having nine institutions in the top 200 with The Australian National University coming in at 17. 

Although Harvard university ranked 1st for the sixth consecutive year, the US supremacy seems to be giving in to the influx of Asian universities.  It has lost five institutions from the top 100 and four have dropped out of the top 200 altogether.  Japan’s University of Tokyo ranked highest at 22 followed closely by the University of Hong Kong at 24. Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China and Malaysia also placed in the top 200. 

Like its southern neighbour, Canada’s overall position in the rankings dropped, dropping from 12 institutions in 2008 to 11 in 2009.  McGill University came in top at number 18, up two places from 2008.  University of Toronto placed 29th, up from 41st place in 2008 and also rated in the top 15 in the five areas of expertise namely engineering and IT, life sciences and biomedicine, natural sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. The University of British Columbia fell to 40th place from 34 in 2008. 

Source “http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/WorldUniversityRankings.html” October 08, 2009

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – US Expansion into Australia met with Trepidation

Kaplan, one of America’s largest for-profit education organisations is planning to set up its first international campus in Adelaide. 

This followed the purchase by the Kaplan Company of the Singapore-based Asia Pacific Management Institute.  With Kaplan having its eye on the Australian and Asian markets, Australian universities faced the prospect of stiffly increased competition for foreign fee-paying students.

The former conservative federal government had enthusiastically backed the South Australian government’s earlier move to persuade the US-based Carnegie Mellon University to set up a campus in Adelaide.  Vice-chancellors, however, regarded the Carnegie Mellon and Kaplan moves with some trepidation. Yet late last month, the University of Adelaide – a member of the research-intensive Group of Eight leading universities – announced it had joined forces to establish a private Kaplan University in the city, the company’s first overseas university campus, catching many other Australian universities off-guard.

Kaplan’s first intake of students is expected in 2011with an offer of financial services and business programmes ranging from bachelors to masters degree. Once fully operational, the new university plans to enroll 5,000 domestic and international students on campus in Adelaide with more enrolled online.

Source “http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20091010122703646” October 11, 2009

3) OVER THE COUNTER – International Student Figures Double in the UK

In their annual report on university trends, Universities UK’s figures show that the number of international students in the UK has doubled in the last ten years.

One in 10 enrolments in 2007-08 – 229,640 students – was from outside the EU with Chinese students forming the majority with 19,385 enrolments for first degrees, and 21,990 enrolments for post-graduate degrees.

It also shows that between 1998-99 and 2007-08, there have been “above average” increases in the numbers of students signing up to study subjects allied to medicine, such as nursing, as well as a growth in biological sciences (including psychology), mathematical sciences, law, mass communication and documentation (including media studies), historical and philosophical studies, education, social studies, and creative arts and design (including drama and music).

Source “http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2009/sep/24/internationalstudents-studentsGuardian, September 24, 2009

Source “http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-files/Education/documents/2007/09/13/stratstudy.pdf” Universities UK

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Avoiding Travel Mishaps   

Nothing puts the breaks faster on an overseas trip like losing your passport in a foreign country.  The unexpected delays and unforeseen expense causes untold stress.

While you can take precautions to keep your passport safe, it is important to cover every eventuality in case you do lose your passport.

Before you travel, make copies of your passport. Leave one copy in your room, keep one in your pocket, and give another to a friend or family member at home.  This way the copies can be fax directly to a consulate as soon as possible.  Carry recent passport photos with you to save you time having to find a place to get your picture taken.

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