Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Exciting Initiatives at next week’s Canadian Bureau of International Education Conference
We’re number 1! Europe dominates in Business Schools and but the US holds firm on University rankings
Update on Nigeria: Universities re-open
Travel germs: practical tips to avoid picking up unwanted passengers on your trip
1) LET’S GO CANADA – Exciting Initiatives at next week’s Canadian Bureau of International Education Conference
Next week’s Canadian Bureau of International Education Conference in Toronto promises a number of exciting initiatives.
One of these is the Canada-Brazil Roundtable, for which Higher-Edge, Brazil Country Manager, Ms. Rosi Vieira, has been liaising. According to Ms. Vieira, who is accompanying the Brazilian delegation, “the delegates are a who’s who from Brazil’s higher education sector and the CBIE event will be a terrific Brazil primer for the Canadian delegates”. Vieira adds that “the delegates are keen to meet their Canadian counterparts to learn more about collaborative opportunities”.
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – We’re number 1! Europe dominates in Business Schools and but the US holds firm on University rankings
This week saw a flurry of activity as two sets of rankings, Eduniversal Global top 1000 Business Schools Rankings and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, were released.
The Eduniversal business school ranking is organized into nine regions, with Western Europe dominating the top ten with six schools, London Business School rating highest at number two. This was followed by North America with three schools from the US and one from Canada. The top place went to the Harvard Business School while McGill University’s Desaultes Faculty of Management came in at fifth place. The Eduniversal business school ranking is organized into nine region in order to improve the international comparability of business schools and to enable students to find out which schools are strongest in their country and region.
In contrast, the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009 places the US in all but three of the top 20 spots.
Harvard, Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley come in first, second and third respectively. The universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Tokyo are the only outsiders at fourth, 10th and 20th respectively. The US continues to dominate the rankings, with 36 of the top 50 coming from the US. University College London and Imperial College London placed 21st and 26th while Toronto and British Columbia placed 27th and 36th respectively.
In comparison to the Times Higher Education QS (THE-QS) rankings released last month, Harvard still placed first but British institutions dominated the top 10, reflecting the eroding dominance of North American universities. The difference is a result of using different methodologies; THE-QS relies heavily on academic peer review while the Chinese rankings have a heavy research focus.
Source “http://www.eduniversal-ranking.com/business-schools-ranking/select_area”, Eduniversal.com
Source “http://www.arwu.org/ARWU2009.jsp” Shanghai Ranking Consultancy
Source “http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/Rankings2009-Top200.html” Times Higher Education
3) OVER THE COUNTER – Update on Nigeria: Universities re-open
Nigerian Universities have re-opened after three months of crippling strikes by union members.
The three staff unions signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the government after weeks of negotiations, preventing threats of student unrest amongst the displaced students. Amidst fears that there were insufficient funds to implement the agreement and that it was not legally binding, the universities resumed lectures this week.
While uncertainty still shrouds the resumption of classes, it may now be possible for those students for whom the insecurity poses a dilemma to obtain their transcripts from the University administration should they decide to continue their degrees abroad.
Source “http://www.tribune.com.ng/13102009/news/news4.html” Nigeria Tribune, October 13, 2009
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Travel germs: practical tips to avoid picking up unwanted passengers on your trip
With international concern rising on the spread of H1N1, travelers are becoming increasingly aware of protecting themselves from various bugs they may catch while travelling.
Be mindful of areas where hand contact is high such as escalator handrails and bathrooms and keep your hands clean by carrying a small hand sanitizer. Consider bringing a surgical mask to prevent germs being transmitted by coughing and sneezing particularly on-board or in busy terminals.
For more on how to protect yourself on-board, click http://www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-travel/airplane-germ-protection.aspx.