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Recent Poll Places Australia Second for Indian Students

We recently asked if the London Met saga has damaged the UK’s reputation. A definitive answer may still not be possible, but Indian students – who traditionally regarded UK education very highly indeed – have provided more evidence in support.

Despite the problems of racially motivated attacks against Indian students in 2009 and 2010, they have voted Australia second to only the USA, as a preferred study destination, in a poll conducted by the Lowy Institute and Australia India Institute.

“It reveals that ordinary Indians quite like Australia despite all the trouble that’s happened,” said the study’s co-author and Director of the Lowy Institute, Prof Rory Medcalf.

“All the trouble” refers to series of much-publicised attacks on Indian students, studying in Australia, in 2009 and 2010. And these events have still left their mark on Indians’ opinions of Australia.

The poll found 62 per cent of Indians still considered Australia a dangerous place for students, and 61 per cent also felt the attacks were racially motivated.

A further 60 per cent of the 1233 adult respondents said they would like India’s government and society to be more like Australia’s.

Overall, Indians ranked Australia among the top four countries they felt closest to, with the United States, Japan and Singapore taking out the top three.

Education, democracy and cricket are important foundations for Indian-Australian relations, the poll showed.

“There’s still some fragility in the relationship and if there was another crisis it wouldn’t take much to raise these ghosts about racism and danger,” Medcalf said adding the main difference between Australia-India relations now, compared to five years ago, is that “champions of the relationship” have emerged.

The poll also found Indians wouldn’t be nearly as interested in Australia if it weren’t for the countries’ mutual love of cricket.

“It shows the Australian cricket team is still good for one thing, and that is projecting a positive image of Australia in India,” he said.

The report found Australia was well-liked in India with Indians holding relatively warm feelings towards Australia (56 degrees on a scale of 0 to 100), which ranks fourth after the US (62), Singapore (58) and Japan (57) out of 22 countries in the survey.

Welcoming the findings, AII director Amitabh Mattoo said, “The Australia-India relationship is an idea whose time has come. This poll confirms that Indian perceptions of Australia are improving, but more work is needed to build and secure this vital relationship.”


The Rise of Asia – a Threat to UK Education?

We recently looked at the issue of international students turning away from countries with highly restrictive visa regulations and now consider the rise of Asia as a study destination for international students.

The rise of language and further education providers within Asia is a hot topic. Singapore and Malaysia have already established themselves as further education hubs in the region, and the Philippines looks set to follow suit – they are developing their English language sector, soon opening a school in Manila for executive English language learners.

These are not the only examples of a growing trend to deliver English as a Foreign Language programmes at home in Asia. Activity in this sector is gathering pace. The global career specialist Disco Inc from Japan is to launch a new venture called GlobalStudyAsia, which seeks to promote English language learning throughout the Asian continent.

Further, anecdotal evidence form education agents in Korea already shows a growing preference for Korean students to search for an education provider within Asia. Cost has been a key issue highlighted, as well as visa issues. The difficulty of securing visas to study in the West, and the increased ease of securing visas within Asia once further ASEAN integration happens in 2015 will surely continue to drive growth in this sector.

Indeed, the West doesn’t want to miss out either. Opening overseas campuses has become increasingly popular among educators from the UK and US. Education UK offers support to UK Universities wishing to go this route.

Whilst the rise of English language and further education provision throughout Asia is an interesting prospect for Asian education agents, it should raise alarm bells for UK-based educators and subsidiary businesses. The landscape is changing and there will be increased competition to get students to the UK. An oppressive UK visa regime has already caused the number of international students to drop. The rise of a new Asian Tiger will surely bring greater pressure to bear in this area. Whilst it is true that all the traditional Western study destinations are likely to suffer, it is those countries with tough visa regulations that will surely suffer the most.

On a more positive note, one thing that will never change however, is the demand for English language skills and the respect that Western higher education commands. There is hope, but Western governments must take note of the new dangers of making their countries unattractive to international students.

Working After Your Studies – an International Comparison

The UK’s main competitor countries in international student recruitment also make some allowances for international students who wish to stay and look for work after completing their studies. Some of these can lead on to further grounds for extending their stay (e.g. as workers).

New Zealand’s Skilled Graduate Job Search visa

For students who complete a course of at least three years’ completion time and do not have a job offer. They must apply within three months of the end of the student visa and meet a minimum maintenance funds requirement. Successful applicants are allowed to stay and work for up to 12 months. In addition, the Practical Experience After Completion of Studies work visa is for persons with an offer of employment relevant to their studies. It lasts for two years (three years if working towards membership of a professional association).

Australia’s Skilled – Graduate (Temporary) visa

Subclass 485 is for students who have completed an eligible qualification due to at least two years’ study. It lasts for 18 months and is subject to age restrictions. The application must be made within six months of completing their studies. Applicants must have the skills and qualifications required to meet the terms of the Skilled Occupation List and nominate an eligible occupation on the list.

Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

For students who graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution having studied full-time and for longer than eight months. Persons must apply within 90 days of having completed the course and whilst their study permit is still valid. They are granted a work permit for no longer than the length of studies (and possibly shorter), up to a maximum of three years.

Germany allows extended residence permits

Students who complete a full-time university course can extend their student residence permits for up to a year in order to look for a job appropriate to their degree. Whilst looking for a job they are subject to the same employment restrictions as students. There is also a requirement to have sufficient maintenance funds in place.

France Probation converted to work permit

Students who earn a degree equivalent to a Master’s or above can apply for a temporary, non-renewable residency permit valid for six months. This entitles the holder to work in any job ‘at up to 60% of full employment.’ Persons with a contract related to their studies and a salary of at least 150% of the minimum wage are then allowed to work full-time (they must then apply for a change of residence status from ‘student’ to ‘employee’).

Other students can accept an offer of employment after graduation, but must request a change of residence status. This is assessed according to factors including the employer’s motives, the applicant’s background and their length of studies in France.

UK Must have skilled job offer and switch to Tier 2 before student visa expires

The current Post-Study Work route will be closed from April 2012. Those graduating from a UK university with a recognised degree, PGCE, or PGDE will be able to switch into Tier 2. There will not be a limit on these switchers. They will only be able to switch if they are in the UK, before their student visa expires. The normal Tier 2 requirements will apply, except for the Resident Labour Market Test.

Students whose course was for 12 months or longer will have 4 months after their course end date, all others will have just 2 months to secure a skilled job offer and apply to switch into Tier 2 of the Points Based System.

Agents De-Registered in Mauritius

A number of education agents operating in Mauritius have had their licence withdrawn by the Mauritian Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology. They are:

  • Advanced Education Pathway
  • Anand Multi Business Ltd
  • Best Education Services Consultancy Ltd
  • Can Consulting Ltd.
  • Eden Further Education Ltd
  • Edutrust Consultant Agency
  • SMC Co. Ltd
  • Total Business Solutions

In Mauritius it is a legal requirement for education agents to be registered and illegal for anyone to recruit students without the correct permit.

It is relatively simple to gain the required permit, but there is a steep capital requirement. An agent must submit written authority from all institutions it represents, as well as a signed agent contract or agreement between the parties which clearly specifies the term of the contract and commission to be earned. Potential agents must also submit an outline of the company structure, detailing employees who are directly responsible for student recruitment. However, the largest barrier to entry is the required 500,000 Mauritian rupees (roughly £11,000) which must be held as security in a locked account.

“This Act was passed at the request of aggrieved students and parents so that the Ministry of Education had thus to protect them against unscrupulous agents [whether licensed or not] who were more intent on making profits rather than on taking their responsibilities towards students,” said Dr Dorish Chitson, from registered agency OVEC.

Best International Universities

After high school graduation many students decide to go to college, while some travel the world, and others start their careers. And within those main decisions there are other choices such as whether to go to a local college or move and attend a university in another state or country. Fortunately, US News and World Report ranks schools and puts out the “World’s Best Universities” list so students will know what their options are. So now students can earn a degree from a top rated university and still live abroad. This allows individuals to travel and experience something new but also increase their knowledge and skills. And these top rated international universities are located in many countries throughout the world.

2. University of Cambridge
4. University of College – London
5. Imperial College London
5. University of Oxford
23. Kings College London
26. University of Manchester

17. Australian National University
36. University of Melbourne
36. University of Sydney
41. University of Queensland
47. University of New South Wales –

18. McGill University
29. University of Toronto
40. University of British Columbia

22. University of Tokyo
25. Kyoto University
43. Osaka University

24. University of Hong Kong
35. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
46. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
49. Tsinghua University

Other Top Rated Universities
20. University of Edinburgh
20. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
36. Ecole Polytechnique
43. Trinity College Dublin
47. Seoul national University
49. University of Amsterdam

If students are debating between going to college and traveling the world, they should know there is a third option. There are great universities everywhere and these universities made it into the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s “World’s Best Universities: Top 400.”

Diane Johnson graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing, particularly about travel and online classes.

This post was submitted by Diane Johnson.

The Four Phases of Cultural Adjustment

If you plan to study in a foreign country, most likely you look forward to finally reaching your destination. After all, you’ve spent so much time preparing yourself for the trip: you’ve packed and repacked, saved money, worked out a travel itinerary. It’s only natural to place so much importance on the moment of your arrival. However, you should know that there’s so more to prepare for! The journey doesn’t end once you arrive. In fact, that’s when it really begins.

Those who have studied abroad often talk about ‘culture shock’ or ‘culture fatigue,’ a process they underwent once they arrived in the host country. Often they describe it as a series of phases through which they passed during their time abroad. If you’re planning to spend quite a long time in a foreign country, consider familiarizing yourself with these phases.

Phase 1: Cultural Euphoria

You’ve just arrived in a foreign country. You’re standing outside, watching people walk by. Your luggage is at your side, and you’re far from home. You’re excited. You’re eager to explore new things, meet new people, and finally begin your studies. As you gaze about, you realize that here for your observation is an unfamiliar culture. How exciting!

Phase 2: Cultural Confrontation

But later, you finally understand that, like it or not, you are also a part of that unfamiliar culture and subject to its whims and fancies. You’re both observer and participant, and as such, you must confront this new reality. You’re no longer immune to the stresses of everyday life. In fact, you’re overwhelmed by them, because everything is so alien to you in this new land! You’re terrified, perhaps lonely, and you miss the familiar life you once had.

Phase 3: Cultural Adjustment

You seek solace in the predictability of your daily routine. You throw yourself into your studies. Maybe you explore a little further beyond your area of comfort. Time passes and you one day realize that you’ve suddenly gotten pretty good at maneuvering through this new country. Sure, you still occasionally feel like an outsider, but you’re comfortable with this label because you understand the your struggles.

Phase 4: Cultural Adaptation

By this time, others mistake you for a local, so confidently do you carry yourself into every situation. You communicate well with all kinds of people. You can spot subtle differences in the culture of your host country. More importantly, you’re attuned to how these subtle differences create new and exciting situations to experience. You eagerly explore beyond your comfort zone. You can’t get enough of this new world, and you can’t bear to leave it. Ultimately, you understand that while you have adapted quite well to the culture, there is much about it that you still don’t know understand. And you’re okay with this.

This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online colleges and universities. He welcomes your comments at his email Id: angelita.williams7

An Education Should be Exactly that

Education is certainly a vital field, because every thing in civilization depends upon education. I saw that on a website someplace — a non-profit organization in the Philippines. Teachers bust their tail at their craft (many of them, anyway). But there are a few who seem to have a gift to inspire. My high school world history teacher was one particular. She had lived in China as a growing up. When she taught in Rockville, Maryland, you could possibly feel the wisdom of all her experience.

She didn’t have us memorize dates. That had been the first truly great thing I had heard from a history teacher. What she said next took the subject several magnitudes higher in value. She wanted us to be aware of the motivations of history — the deeply visceral, human issues with what can somewhat be a deadly dry subject. Jaime Escalante of “Stand and Deliver” fame, dared to dream big. Calculus for the typically dropout crowd? Pushing them to go on to college? Wow. And I’ve this publication called, “Calculus Made Easy,” by Sylvanus P. Thompson, first published in 1910. It’s been through lots of printings all to make a simple subject simple.

What are we able to do to create more tutors who inspire world-changing quality? Einstein once asserted that imagination is much more important than knowledge. Knowledge can provide you with the foundation. Imagination usually takes you to the stars. Don’t our children ought to get better?

This post was submitted by Federico Klebe.

Advice On How To Study Abroad

Are you interested in meeting new people, seeing new places, or trying new things? Are you looking for something to make your resume stand out in the crowd? Are you looking to take courses for college credit next summer? Consider studying abroad.

What is study abroad?

Study abroad is the opportunity to take courses for college credit in another country. This can be done through study abroad vendors, such as International Studies Abroad (ISA) or CIEE, as well as university faculty-led programs.

Where can I study abroad?

Many colleges/universities will accept credits from foreign universities that are U.S. accredited. There are study abroad opportunities on every continent, even Antarctica! Popular destinations for study abroad students include, but are not limited to: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, and more!

What can I study?

Study abroad vendors offer students a wide range of courses, from foreign languages to natural sciences, business and marking to studio and performing arts. Before applying and registering for courses through any study abroad vendor, be sure to have course credits pre-approved by your college/university. That will ensure that the credits will transfer back and count towards your degree plan.

How can I afford it?

Look for scholarship opportunities, especially within your college or university. If your college or university has a study abroad office, there may be scholarship money available for you, as well as financial aid. Depending on tuition and fees for your college university and the price of the study abroad program, you might find it cheaper to take summer courses abroad than at your home institution!

I want to study abroad… what do I do first?

1. Discuss your study abroad plans with your advisor. He/she will be able to guide you to select the best courses to take abroad.

2. If your institution has a study abroad office, make an appointment to discuss your study abroad options, as well as apply for your school’s program, if necessary. The study abroad office will also aid you in getting your courses pre-approved.

3. Apply for a U.S. passport. If you are staying for more than sixty days, the country in which you would like to study may require you to get a visa. You can find information about passports, as well as visa requirements for specific countries on the government travel website.

4. Apply for scholarships and financial aid, if needed.

5. Once your courses are pre-approved by your college/university, apply for the study abroad program. There is usually an online application with a non-refundable application fee. It will also provide you with dates for payment and payment options. Keep an eye out for any information/instructions materials in your e-mail and your mailbox. Your program will provide you with a housing application, packing list, etc. prior to your departure.

6. Book your airline tickets. Make sure that you have plenty of time between connecting flights. Two hours is a great layover period for international flights, just in case there’s a long line or you have problems getting through security and customs.

7. Read up on the country you will be studying in. Learn about the language, culture, history, politics, etc. The more you know, the better you will adjust to living there whether it be for a few weeks or several months.