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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Volume 9, Issue 10; March 17, 2010

Let’s Go Canada

India takes big step to allowing foreign campuses on its soil.

Abroad Perspective

Serious allegations down under. Are 20% of Australia’s vocational colleges bogus ?

Over The Counter

Survey: Chinese fed up with entrance exam bonus points

Globe Tipping

How to avoid being an easy target – plan your arrival

1) LET’S GO CANADA – India takes big step to allowing foreign campuses on its soil.

The Indian Cabinet approved a bill on Monday that would enable foreign universities to operate in the country.

This bill that is yet to pass through the Indian Parliament is an indication that the country’s tertiary education system can not meet the demands of a mostly young population.  Roughly half of India’s 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25.

Kapil Sibal, India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, projects that India will have to deal with 40 million more students in the next 10 years.
The bill takes certain measures to protect India’s interest. Among them it sets the minimum that a university can invest to $11 million (USD) and precludes the repatriations of profits to a foreign university’s home country.

Source: “Indian Cabinet Backs Foreign Schools.”, New York Times, March 15, 2010.

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Serious allegations down under. Are 20% of Australia’s vocational colleges bogus ?

Former Australian Liberal MP Bruce Baird, who has been assigned the task of reviewing the country’s international education sector, estimates that twenty per cent of Australia’s vocational colleges are nothing more than a ‘permanent residency factories’.

Among Baird’s several recommendations are tougher registration standards, including a sharper focus on college financial resources and business models. Also, colleges which draw heavily from a single source country would be monitored more closely and bear a greater portion of the cost of industry assurance schemes.

Australia’s Education Minister Julia Gillard commented her government would begin immediately to implement six of Baird’s recommendations, including measures to fine colleges who break the rules, and prevent colleges from poaching each other’s students.

Source: “‘Residency factory’ colleges may be closed.” The Age (Australia) March 10, 2010.

3) OVER THE COUNTER – Survey: Chinese fed up with entrance exam bonus points

Results of a Chinese online survey indicate that eighty percent of respondents are in favour of eliminating bonus points offered to some students who write China’s National College Entrance Examination (NCEE).

The survey by minyi.net.cn, a leading public opinion website managed by the China Youth Daily newspaper, was conducted after the central government solicited public opinions on a draft of its National Outlne for Medium and Long-Term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020).

The points policy which is implemented differently in various regions in China allocates additional bonus points to national second-class athletes, students belonging to an ethnic minority group or students who have earned provincial-level titles of outstanding student designation.

Public opposition to the policy has been fueled by the recent capture of candidates who either lied about belonging to an ethnic group, or in some cases purchased second-class athlete certificates and outstanding student documentations.

Source: “Survey shows Chinese anger over college entrance bonus point abuses.” Xinhuanet (China), March 3, 2010.

4) GLOBE TIPPING – How to avoid being an easy target – plan your arrival

You have just reached your destination and you are walking around disheveled trying to get your bearings. But the last thing you want when traveling abroad is to be singled out as easy prey. Consult the four tips below to find out how you can better prepare yourself and avoid being spotted as an easy target:

1. Before going on your trip try to get a sense of the layout of your arrival point – the airport. Most airport websites provide a map indicating where one can safely get a taxi etc.
2. Exchange your currency in your home country, provided it is cheaper to do so than when you arrive at your destination.
3. Before your flight lands, sort-out any important travel documents, hotel addresses and/or money. 
4. It is always safer to pre-arrange your airport pick-up with your hotel or to take an airport limousine.

Source: “Arriving at your destination.”, All Travel Tips.

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