Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
India plans a national online database for degree verification
African students look to Asia for studies
South Korea to open a foreign student welcome centre
Long Live Your Laptop Battery!
1) LET’S GO CANADA –India plans a national online database for degree verification
India’s government has set up a taskforce to develop a national online database where individuals’ academic qualifications could be verified.
The taskforce, which was appointed by India’s Human Resources and Development (HRD), is expected to submit a report on the online academic repository by the end of April. The report will include the assignment of the database development project to one of the two depositories in the country: National Securities Depository Ltd and Central Depository Services (India) Ltd.
Having a national degree verification database would make it easier for employers as well as educators to verify a candidate’s academic credentials. If legislation for the database is approved, education institutions would be required by law to register with the national e-certificate and pay to upload student academic information. Hiring companies or other institutions that wish to verify a candidate’s degree would also have to pay for the service.
Legislation for the database is expected to be in place by October 2010 and implementation of the national database should be complete within two years.
Source: “Govt plans to put degrees online, ease verification.” Live Mint (India), March 24, 2010.
2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – African students look to Asia for studies
Tanzanian students seeking higher education are choosing to study in Asian countries such as Malaysia rather than Europe and North America.
Asian universities are proving that they can provide quality education at half the cost of its competitors in Europe and North America; this is especially the case for Asian universities who have partnered with reputable Western universities explained Mr Stanley Jebaretnam, an International Marketing Manager with Taylor’s University College in Malaysia.
In addition, the visa process is generally much easier with higher acceptance rates. But the major compelling reason why Tanzanian students are opting to study in Asia is due to the improved relations between Asian and African countries.
According to Mr. Shashikumar Nadason, the Business Development Executive Officer with Malaysian Mahsa University College, aggressive marketing in Africa by Asian universities is helping attract more African students.
Source: “Degree seekers find new hub in Asia.” The Citizen (Tanzania)
3) OVER THE COUNTER – South Korea to open a foreign student welcome centre
South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has established a centre to support the 75,000 foreign students enrolled in the country’s 400 colleges and universities.
The centre which is located at the National Institute for International Education in Jongno-gu, Seoul was created to address foreign students’ needs such as complaints about lack of cultural awareness among Koreans, shortage of English language programs, limited dormitory spaces and dietary requirements of Muslims students.
The centre, which is open five days a week, has two counselors and provides international students with services in English, Chinese and Japanese with plans to add services in Mongolian, Vietnamese, Russian and Arabic.
In addition to the centre, the Ministry of Education will launch an online consulting section on their website, www.studyinkorea.go.kr, and publish a student guide.
Source: “Foreign Students Welcome Seoul Counseling Center.” The Korea Times, April 6, 2010.
4) GLOBE TIPPING – Long Live Your Laptop Battery!
This week’s travel tips include a few pointers on keeping the laptop battery going longer between charges, so you can work longer without AC power.
Dim your screen : Your laptop’s backlight requires a lot of power. Keep it as dim as you can comfortably read it.
Shut off unneeded hardware : Turn off your Bluetooth, and if you’re not using the Internet, turn off your Wi-Fi receiver, as well. Don’t use an external mouse or other device. And muting the PC’s sound system not only saves power, it avoids annoying everyone else in the café.
: Run as few programs as you can get away with. If possible, stick to the one application (word processor, browser, or whatever) you’re currently using, plus your antivirus and firewall in the background.
Avoid multimedia Save chores like photo editing and watching old Daily Show videos for when you have AC power. And if you must listen to music, use your iPod (or similar device).
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Source: “Long Live Your Laptop Battery!” PC World, March 23, 2010.