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Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Volume 9, Issue 3; January 27, 2010

Let’s Go Canada

Best recruiting practices in India ? Read the Report

Abroad Perspective

India’s HRD derecognized 44 so-called universities

Over The Counter

Canadian college opens the door to exchange of culture in Gulf region

Globe Tipping

Natural disaster survival tips while traveling

1) LET’S GO CANADA – Best recruiting practices in India ? Read the Report.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) has released its report on what’s good in student recruiting in India. Entitled, “Recruiting International Students in India: A Good Practices Guidebook”, the 22 page document provides plenty of examples from Canadian universities who are successful attracting Indian students.

The report concludes that “the overriding factor that has affected all institutions¹ recruitment practices in India is the fact that Canadian institutions are generally not well known in India.”

An added challenge for Canadian institutions, which the report spends several pages addressing, is the high level of fraud in India which attacks the integrity of academic admissions and most significantly, the immigration system.  “A sophisticated approach is required to penetrate and resonate in this market with considerable investment of resources needed from the earliest stage of marketing to the screening for admission and for counseling through the study permit process,” assesses the report.

Also included in the report are statistics for all Canadian universities on their 2008 visa applications and acceptances from Canada’s two visa offices in India, New Delhi and Chandigarh. By far the most successful institution is the University of Windsor with 197 Indian student admissions/visas processed in 2008, almost 20% of Canada’s entire total. The University of Toronto is second, with 82. Only four other Canadian universities reach, or exceed 50 student visas processed for 2008 in India.

The report can be downloaded at no cost and is found at: 
www.aucc.ca/publications/auccpubs/recruitment_guidebook_e.html

2) ABROAD PERSPECTIVE – India’s HRD derecognized 44 so-called universities

India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has derecognized 44 ‘deemed universities’, a decision that may have severe consequences for over 100,000 enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.

Some of the so-called universities delisted by HRD were either promoted by or sponsored by the government. They were derecognized for a host of reasons according to the HRD ministry’s review committee, including: improper family run management structure, violation of principles and guidelines in teaching and research, lack of commitment towards research and emerging areas of knowledge and higher fee structures than prescribed.

HRD has stressed that affected students would still be able to complete their education but that their so-called universities would have to revert back to affiliated college of the state university status. For those students enrolled in institutions unable to affiliate with other universities, HRD will facilitate their re-enrollment to other universities.

Source: “44 deemed universities to be de-recognised by govt”. The Times of India, January 20, 19, 2010.

3) OVER THE COUNTER – Canadian college opens the door to exchange of culture in Gulf region

The College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) is planting the seeds for experiential cross-cultural learning through the establishment of an exchange program between the Qatari campus and the campus in Newfoundland and Labrador. After a two-year pilot exchange program, the college has established a formal student exchange agreement between the Canadian and the Qatari campus. 

According to Mike Campbell, CNA-Q Project Manager, incorporating student exchanges was one of the intended outcomes for the 10-year, US$500 million contract between CNA and the State of Qatar.

The CNA-Q campus was formed in 2002. According to Ms. Tanya Alexander, CNA-Q Public Relations Specialist, “CNA was chosen by Qatar to build a state-of-the-art college of technology. The project, valued in excess of US$1.7 billion, is the largest educational contract ever awarded in Canada.”.

Source: “College opens the door to exchange of culture in Gulf region”. College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. January 13, 2010.

4) GLOBE TIPPING – Natural disaster survival tips while traveling

The recent earthquake in Haiti is a reminder that disasters can occur anywhere, at anytime. Knowing what to do should disaster strike while abroad is vital. Check out the following tips that can help you prepare and stay safe:

1. Communicate: contact family, friends and your local embassy to update your status as soon as you have access to phone or internet.
2. If injured or ill and you have travel insurance, contact the 24-hour medical services who can guide you through your next steps on where to get medical attention.
3. Beware of your environment, avoid disaster-caused hazards like downed power lines, use battery-powered flashlights rather than candles or gas lanterns, avoid rapidly moving water which may carry infections, do not return to your hotel as aftershocks could cause further structural damage and may collapse, instead move to the nearest open area away from buildings, trees and roads where power lines may have fallen.
4. Keep safe from injuries and infections by wearing sturdy footwear, frequently wash hands if water is available, drink only bottled or disinfected water and secure your money and passport
5. Follow all advice from medical or local emergency services on evacuation instructions.

Source: “When disaster strikes: survival tips for travelers”. WorldNomads.com. January 25, 2010.

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