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Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Volume 9, Issue 2; January 20, 2010

Let’s Go Canada

CEC Network Wanted !! …to know. DEAD or ALIVE ?

Abroad Perspetive

Dubai may revoke university licences

Over The Counter

Record-high number of Chinese flock to post-graduate exam

Globe Tipping

PocketSherpa: Travel guide applications

Announcement

Higher-Edge takes its first official foray onto American soil

1) LET’S GO CANADA – CEC Network Wanted !! …to know. DEAD or ALIVE ?

After a resurrection which only lasted a few months, complemented by a promise of a new era of prominence, the Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN) appears to be dead, yet again. Once again, it slipped away quietly, with few of its membership aware that all CECN personnel were terminated on December 31, 2009. The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities reported the news to its provincial stakeholders in mid-January.

Firing all of its staff came just two weeks after the CECN’s new CEO, Mr. Charles L. Ivey began a series of countrywide presentations to usher in a new era of prosperity and positive impact (www.cecnetwork.ca/public/infosession.cfm).
In his Toronto briefing to CECN membership, Mr. Ivey admitted businesses fail due to lack of management and money, and in a 28 minute address available on line, he illustrated that under his leadership the advantages the CECN had to become a major success story for Canada’s promotion of its academic institutions abroad.

The presentations in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver came just two weeks before the end of the decade, and apparently, again, the end of the CECN.

As reported here in July of last year, the Canadian Education Centre network closed for the first time on Canada Day, July 1, 2009. At that time it was broke and had been kept afloat by a half million dollars in money provided by the Canadian government. Amidst a churning rumour mill as very little information was provided during the summer months, the CECN resurfaced in the Fall with new management, which for several months had been kept a secret. On September 15th, the CECN proclaimed that “the storm had passed and it was once again fully operational”. Three months later the organization announced a bold new vision, laid out by its new CEO Mr. Ivey. Two weeks after the storm blew back in, and apparently blew everything away.

As of this publication date, the CECN website does not reflect any cessation in its services, and continues to call for new membership and participation in outreach events. No guidelines are provided for those who already paid for services, fairs and events, or whether those funds will be returned.

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – Dubai may revoke university licences

Some university branches in Dubai have not convinced regulators they are matching the standards of their home campuses and could be closed this year, according to the Government of Dubai department that oversees the free-zone institutions.

The University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAIB), formed last year to regulate the branches, is halfway through assessing 24 free-zone campuses.
In a November meeting, as part of their first full assessment of the branch campuses, UQAIB members reviewed 12 free-zone campuses. The remaining 12 institutions will be reviewed in March, after which UQAIB will issue its verdicts.

UQAIB has not started assessing online or distance-learning institutions, but is expected to announce how it will do so later this year.

Source: “Dubai may revoke university licences”, The National, January 12, 2010
Knowledge and Human Development Authority – About Us, Government of Dubai

3) OVER THE COUNTER – Record-high number of Chinese flock to post-graduate exam

China’s three-day national post-graduate entrance exam, which concluded on Monday, saw a record number 1.4 million candidates compete for 465,000 seats, the largest number of candidates since 2001 and a 13 percent increase from 2009.

Between 1999 and 2007 the number of students applying to sit the exam soared, with an average annual increase rate of 17 percent. The figure dropped in 2008, largely due to the enthusiastic job market in that year. 

Indications suggest that this year’s strong turnout reflects a sluggish job market, with many students opting to remain in China and pursue further studies.

A recent poll of college students due to graduate in 2010 revealed that around nine percent of them planned to pursue further studies in China after graduation and 34 percent believed further studies would lead to greater career opportunities.

Source: “Record-high number of Chinese flock to post-graduate exam”, Xinhua News Agency, January 9, 2010

4) GLOBE TIPPING – PocketSherpa: Travel guide applications

Imagine you are on a business trip to a city you have never been to before and you want to get a meal after a long day at a conference but not sure where to dine. Now imagine if your cell phone could connect you with someone living in that city whom you’ve never met before – a stranger whose recommendation you could use. This “stranger” would e someone who could acquaint you to her city better than any paid tour guide?

Thanks to a new iPhone travel application, PocketSherpa, the scenario depicted above is a reality. It is an application linked to Localyte (www.localyte.com) and connects travelers with locals who are happy to share knowledge about their city. The application provides a list of approximately 40,0000 registered locals in over 7,000 locations around the world.

The website takes certain safety measures such as providing profiles on its registered locals and enabling users to rank them. However, users must exercise caution when soliciting recommendations from strangers.

So, on your next vacation or business trip you won’t feel like a stranger when you can get tips and suggestions from locals at your fingertips.
For more on PocketSherpa, click here.

5) ANNOUNCEMENT – Higher-Edge takes its first official foray onto American soil

With more than a dozen years in the business, 4,500 international students recruited, engagements with governments for market intelligence, and a global reputation for integrity – Higher-Edge officially opens its first US office in Fort Collins, Colorado. For more information, contact:

Peter Grove

Country Director USA

Tel: (970) 214-3770

Email: usa@higher-edge.com

Web: www.higher-edge.com/usa.php

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