Thursday, 22 June 2017

StudyAbroad: Canada eases entry for foreign researchers

Foreign researchers coming to work at public Canadian universities for short periods no longer have to apply for a work permit, as part of the government’s Global Skills Strategy launched this week.

And universities will also be able to access a dedicated service channel that will support employers and provide guidance on visa applications for foreign talent.

“We must ensure that our country has the right people with the right skills so that it can grow”
The Global Skills Strategy, which came into force on June 12, aims to boost the Canadian economy by filling skills gaps with international talent.

“We must ensure that our country has the right people with the right skills so that it can grow,” commented Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Navdeep Bains.

“Our government will make it easier for companies to bring in highly skilled talent,” he added.
The inclusion of measures to help universities attract international talent demonstrates that “the federal government recognizes the important role Canadian universities play in ensuring Canada can compete in the global research and innovation race”, according to Paul Davidson, president of Universities Canada.

“These measures will make Canadian universities even more attractive to the brightest minds in the world, building universities’ capacity to advance knowledge, foster innovation and build prosperity,” he added.

As well as the short term work permit exemption, the Global Skills Strategy aims to make it easier for employers to recruit highly skilled workers in certain fields such as computer engineering.

Employers that are making plans for job-creating investments in Canada will often need an experienced leader, dynamic researcher or an innovator with unique skills not readily available in Canada to make that investment happen,” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

“The Global Skills Strategy aims to give those employers confidence that when they need to hire from abroad, they’ll have faster, more reliable access to top talent.”

Top universities in Canada for studies.
Seneca College
Camosun College
Conestoga College
Niagara College 

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Sunday, 18 June 2017

StudyAbroad: Now, Medical Council of India puts on hold admission of 150 MBBS seats

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently announced to open a medical college in SAS Nagar, but the project is still at a nascent stage and may take two to three years to materialise.

The crisis in private medical education in Punjab refuses to go away this season. After the trouble at Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur and Chintpurni Medical College, Pathankot, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has put on hold admission of 150 MBBS seats in Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bathinda, due to infrastructure deficiencies.

One of them, as noted in the MCI report after its inspection held in March, was pertaining to wide discrepancies in salaries of the staff, especially among assistant professors, senior and junior residents.The salary of junior residents was found to be only Rs 22,000.

Then there was the acute shortage of hostel accommodation as the report noted that there were only 20 rooms against the required accommodation for 85.

  • Government Medical College, Patiala: 200
  • Government Medical College, Amritsar: 200
  • Guru Gobind Singh Government Medical College, Faridkot: 100
  • Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana: 100
  • Christian Medical College, Ludhiana: 75
  • Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences, Jalandhar: 150
  • Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research: 150
  • Total: 975


There was a time when students of neighbouring Haryana used to take back door entry in Punjab due to a higher number of medical seats in the state.

The trend has changed in the past couple of years after MBBS seats in Haryana increased due to the opening of new medical colleges, both in the government and private sectors.

The state lost 100 medical seats following the recent closure of Gian Sagar College. Another 150 seats were lost after the Centre imposed a two-year ban on admissions in Chintpurni college, which may soon face closure in wake of the Punjab government’s recent show-cause notice over the withdrawal of permission to continue its functioning.

The state is already finding it difficult to compensate for the loss of 250 medical seats in these two colleges.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh recently announced to open a medical college in SAS Nagar, but the project is still at a nascent stage and may take two to three years to materialise.

As studying medicine in India gets tougher due to limited seats and high capitation fee, a number of medical aspirants check out the options abroad to become qualified doctors. Although taking the overseas route in the healthcare industry has been in prevalence for quite some time, over the past few years there has been an average increase of about 10-15 percent increase in the number of students going abroad for studying medicine.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

StudyAbroad: Trinity rises in World Rankings

Ireland, a neighboring country of the United Kingdom, is one of the wealthiest countries in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and over the last few years, it has emerged as a preferred destination for Indian students.

Trinity offers 47 majors, 59 minors, and several interdisciplinary and advising programs. Along with opportunities in undergraduate research, internships, and study abroad programs, students may merge their talents with self-designed interdisciplinary majors.

Why study in Ireland?

English language
Although Irish Gaelic is recognized as the first official language of the country, only 36% of the Irish population actually know it. 94% of the population know English, with it being the second official language.

The Irish accent and dialect may be a little overwhelming at first, but you will soon get used to it. Living, studying, and working in Ireland is a great way to improve your speaking and listening ability in English.

Post study visa
One of the major benefits of studying in Ireland is the post-study visa. This makes it easier for students to look for job opportunities in the country after they graduate, and once they have a job, they are then eligible to apply for a green card/work permit.

There are plenty of generous scholarship opportunities available in Ireland. For example, Trinity College Dublin offers bursaries worth €5,000, NCI Galway €2,0000 and UCD provide 50% and 100% off fees.

Culture and lifestyle
Ireland is like few places on earth. Beautiful landscapes, scenic beauty, famous hospitality, and a rich culture of music, drinking, and sport. Did you know that there is one pub per 100 people in Dublin?

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

New Zealand sees university rankings strengthened

June 8 (Xinhua) -- A senior education official on Thursday welcomed the news that five of New Zealand's eight universities have improved their ranking in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

"These results are positive news for our world-class tertiary education system, with all eight of our universities ranked in the top 450 for the second year running," Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said in a statement.

First published in 2005, the QS ranking examines universities across areas such as reputation, teaching, research, and internationalization to determine an overall ranking for over 900 universities.

"This reflects the steady progress we are constantly making to raise the quality of our universities, and the investments into high-quality research by the government," Goldsmith said.
Five of the eight New Zealand universities improved their ranking from last year, two remained unchanged, and one dropped a single place. All eight New Zealand universities remain ranked inside the top 450.

Among them, the University of Canterbury ranks 214, unchanged from last year; Lincoln University ranks 319, up 24 places from last year;

Goldsmith said the government is committed to investing in quality tertiary education, with a 132.1 million-NZ dollar (95.2 million-U.S. dollar) investment in tertiary education through Budget 2017.

Top Universities in New Zealand for Studies 

  1. Lincoln University
  2. University of Canterbury
  3. ARA
  4. IPU
  5. NSIA
  6. PIHMS
  7. Quantam Education Group
  8. AIS St. Helens

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

StudyAbroad: ICCA Dubai hopes to sponsor 52 chefs next year

StudyinDubai:The International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai (ICCA Dubai) hopes to increase the number of young chefs it offers a culinary scholarship to, as part of its AED 1 Million Continuing Education Award.

The center recently hosted the graduation program of 24 young chefs who were selected to be part of the AED 1 Million Continuing Education Award – the first of its kind annual 100% Culinary Scholarship Programme by ICCA Dubai.

Speaking at the ceremony, Cuthbert said: “We are here to celebrate the 24 young people who have worked for the last 52 weeks to complete a certification which brings hope and gives them an opportunity to change their lives.

“In this market, we talk about succession planning, so it fills me with great pride to be involved with something like this.”

He said the program will continue next year, and Micheel and ICCA Dubai director and CEO Sunjeh Raja revealed that they hope to double the number of chefs taking the program in its second iteration to 52.

The idea for the program was born a decade ago, but it was only in 2014 when both Raja and Micheel were able to realize their dream.

“When Sunjeh was in the old school in Satwa, I said the school was too expensive. It was great but those who really need schools cannot afford them. My dream was to get an education for the guys who have no money to pay for this,” he said.

Raja approached Micheel two years ago saying the infrastructure was in place, and after planning out logistics with Cuthbert, the program was launched in collaboration with Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG), WorldChefs and the City & Guilds London.

“It is great to be here and to see what they have achieved – it’s fantastic. I’m motivated to go double next year,” added Micheel, who said chefs in the UAE who gave their time to train the young students every week is why the program was a success.

The graduates of the class of 2016 included young chefs from JW Marriott Marquis, Ritz-Carlton, Shakespeare & Co, Shangri-La, Emirates Flight Catering, The Address, Madinat Jumeirah, Fairmont, Atlantis The Palm, JA Resorts, Marriott Courtyard, Radisson Blu, Media One, and Unilever amongst others.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Study Abroad- Study in Germany: Courses, colleges, eligibility, how to apply and cost details

Germany offers 15000 Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degree programs

STUDYABROAD: Among the most desired destinations to study abroad for Indian students is Germany, a European nation with over 330 state universities and 100 percent free tuition. The attraction for international students lies not only in the cost but also in its smooth internship programs (for students who are proficient in German) and the fact that students can stay for 1.5 years after completing graduation in order to work.

The country is considered to have the biggest economy in Europe and offers 15000 Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degree programs in the German language. Here are a few things students can do if they wish to pursue a course in Germany.

1. Learn the language:
Knowing German opens many doors in the nation from free tuition to gaining preference while hunting for jobs and internships. Knowing English makes the process of learning the language a little quicker. The training methods to learn German languages in the country are designed in such a way that even a slow learner could cope if the student shows discipline in learning.

2. Select an institution:
There are two kinds of institutions that you can pick. The first, called universities, are research-oriented and award doctorates in a wide variety of courses. The second kind is Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen), which offer practice-oriented courses mainly in engineering, business administration, social sciences and design and have strong links to the industry.

Fachhochschulen does not award doctorate degrees. However, as a master degree holder from a Fachhochschule, you would still be eligible to apply for Ph.D. at a university. Your interest and inclination should define which of the two kinds of institutions you choose.

A group of nine technical universities, called TU9, are considered to be the best German Universities for technical programs and are among the world’s top technical universities. These TU9 Universities have partnerships with many IITs. Most of the programs in TU9 are taught in the German language with little (up to Euro 500 per semester) or no tuition fee. Students can get admission in the 100 percent scholarship programs at these universities without appearing for GRE and GATE if their German is strong.

3. Pick a course:
Engineering Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technology are among the most preferred subjects among Indian students studying in Germany among the vast variety of courses offered. According to the Indian embassy, the number of Indian students studying in Germany has tripled in the past six years. Currently, there are 13,740 Indian students studying in Germany.

Most popular courses in Germany are Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, Electronic Engineering, Biotechnology, IT and Management. Master programs are usually 18 to 24 months long. Duration of Bachelor programs is usually 4 years including a 1-year program called Foundation year or Freshman program or Studienkolleg.

4. Check your eligibility:
When it comes to admission, the eligibility requirements differ from one institution to another. For master programs, most German Universities require 4 year Bachelor degree to through with the admission.

For English taught programs, students need to appear for IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 80. GRE is recommended for admission for in top MS programs taught in English and for admission to top MBA programs taught in English.
For German taught programs, students need to pass German language test— Testdaf or DSH— for bachelor programs. Students need to have at least 60 per cent in class 12 or pass an entrance test conducted by some universities.

For most Master programs in German Universities, students need to have scored at least 60 per cent in their 4 year Bachelor degree. Some master programs accept students with a three-year bachelor degree. MBA programs require that students have a bachelor degree with at least two years work experience after their graduation.

5. Apply:
The final step is to go ahead and apply for a course and university that you have picked. You can either apply through consultants or directly on the respective university website. You would need to appear for standard tests, get the required documents (including your student visa which takes six to 12 weeks to get approved) and read the university guidelines thoroughly during the year before applying for the University.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017

StudyAbroad: 95% engineers in India unfit for software development jobs

StudyAbroad: The talent shortage is acute in the IT and data science ecosystem in India with a survey claiming that 95 percent of engineers in the country is not fit to take up software development jobs.

According to a study by employability assessment company Aspiring Minds, only 4.77 per cent candidates can write the correct logic for a program -- a minimum requirement for any programming job.

Over 36,000 engineering students from IT related branches of over 500 colleges took Automata -- a Machine Learning based assessment of software development skills -- and over 2/3 could not even write code that compiles.

The study further noted that while more than 60 per cent candidates cannot even write code that compiles, only 1.4 percent can write functionally correct and efficient code.

"Lack of programming skills is adversely impacting the IT and data science ecosystem in India. The world is moving towards introducing programming to three-year-old! India needs to catch up," Aspiring Minds CTO and Co-Founder said.

The employability gap can be attributed to rote learning based approaches rather than actually writing programs on a computer for different problems. Also, there is a dearth of good teachers for programming, since most good programmers get jobs in industry at good salaries, the study said.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

India among the biggest underachievers in Asia in Healthcare access

India has a lot of catching up to do with its neighbours, including China, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka in terms of healthcare.

According to the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) published in the medical journal The Lancet, it has finished a dismal 154th among 195 countries on the healthcare index.

However, India’s healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index has increased by 14.1, up from 30.7 in 1990 to 44.8 in 2015. India lags behind Sri Lanka (72.8), Bangladesh (51.7), Bhutan (52.7) and Nepal (50.8) and ranks above Pakistan (43.1) and Afghanistan (32.5).

The HAQ index, based on death rates for 32 diseases that can be avoided or effectively treated with proper medical care, also tracked progress in each nation compared to the benchmark year of 1990.

Switzerland topped the health index, followed by Sweden and Norway. Russia stood 72nd, China stood 82nd and Sri Lanka 73rd.
Among the developed nations, those who did not perform well include the US and the UK.

According to a study done by the Higher School of Economics, in the beginning of 2016 there were 237,000 foreign students in Russian colleges, making up five per cent of the student body. Medicine is one of the areas that enjoys a high demand among Indian students. 

Many Indians choose to study medicine in Russia thanks to the high level of education combined with affordable fees.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Study Abroad: Coventry University ranked 12th in UK in Guardian guide for 2018

AbroadStudy: COVENTRY University has risen further up the rankings in one national league
table – placing it in 12th spot.

The university says its latest performance in The Guardian University Guide 2018 ‘cements its status as the country’s top modern university’.

It is its highest ever placing, up from 15th.

The Guardian’s guide is partly based on student feedback. Coventry University is ranked top in England for its teaching quality score and is third in the UK for the percentage of final-year students satisfied with feedback and assessment by lecturers.

The ranking puts Coventry ahead of many Russell Group universities.

Last month’s Complete University Guide also ranked Coventry as the top new university.

Earlier this month Coventry University made the Times Higher Education’s (THE) latest league table of the best 200 institutions globally under 50 years old.

The university also ranks as number one in the UK for courses in film production and photography and is in the country’s top two for its courses in mechanical engineering and hospitality, event management and tourism categories.

Coventry is also in the UK’s top 10 for courses in economics (5th), sports science (8th), mathematics (8th), journalism (9th) and civil engineering (10th) – with a further ten subject area rankings featuring Coventry in the top 20 overall.

The UK is the best place in the world for top “young” universities, according to the new rankings.

A total of 27 UK institutions made the cut - more than any other nation, including Australia, which had 23 universities included, and France which took third place with 16 inclusions.

In May 2016 Coventry University was declared the best modern university in the UK.

Developers Crosslane Group said its interest in the city was due to the fact Coventry University is currently the fastest growing university in the UK by student enrolment.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017


STUDYMBBSINRUSSIA: Mumbai: Facing acute shortages of allopathy practitioners to provide care in the public healthcare centres of the state, the Maharashtra government has now turned to Ayurveda graduates to fill up its vacancies. Confirming the same, a top health official stated that all vacant medical posts across centres including public hospitals shall be filled up with a deadline of two months and that the responsibility of hiring the doctors has been given to district collectors rather than officials of the Directorate of Health Services (DHS).
As a part of their responsibility, the district collector would publish advertisements walk-in interviews, select candidates and send the recommendations to the state. While obviously preference would be given to MBBS candidates, if there are not enough applications from MBBS candidates, they will fill up the posts with Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) candidates who are eager to work in rural and tribal areas. The appointment will be for 11 months which can be extended until an MBBS doctor is appointed.
Additional chief secretary (health) explained to HT, “In a rough comparison, we have 100 applications from BAMS doctors against one from an MBBS doctor. We will fill these posts on a temporary basis, so that every citizen has access to medical care.” The move comes in the light of severe shortage of medical practitioners in the government hospitals and in particular in the primary health centres of the state.
As studying medicine in India gets tougher due to limited seats and high capitation fee, a number of medical aspirants check out the options abroad to become qualified doctors. Although taking the overseas route in the healthcare industry has been in prevalence for quite some time, over the past few years there has been an average increase of about 10-15 per cent increase in the number of students going abroad for studying medicine.
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

STUDY ABROAD: Dubai’s new part-time student work regulation

ABROAD STUDY:ABROAD WORK VISA: Experts hail Dubai law on student part-time work visa. new part-time student work regulation has strengthened the emirate’s reputation as a leading international education hub, experts said.

The regulation is a significant milestone that aligns with the UAE’s Vision 2021, which has articulated the setting up of a competitive knowledge economy. The Student Part-time Work Regulation will ensure a volume of qualified and work-ready young professionals by allowing creative talent to gain critical industry experience to complement their fields of study and increase their employment prospects post-graduation, they felt.

The fifth edition of the Industry and University Partnership Forum (I-UP Forum), hosted by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), gathered leading educators, industry experts and key stakeholders in Dubai to discuss the impact of the new part-time student work regulation issued by  Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA), including ways to strengthen Dubai’s position as an international education hub to a growing transnational student sector.

The forum, an education dialogue titled “The Part-Time Student Work Policy – Supporting homegrown talent and equipping our youth with the skills to succeed in the workplace”was attended by experts and professionals from universities, industries, and government departments

“Several knowledge hubs in North America and Europe already allow students to work while they study. Not only does this initiative further move Dubai towards becoming a global education powerhouse, it is also proof of the UAE’s commitment to transition into an innovative economy by equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop and succeed.”

The new regulation has been introduced at a time when studies have proven how work enhances the creative and innovative capacities of young people, qualities that are highly valuable to the creative industries. It has also been validated that youth contribution is a key measure in addition to innovation and labor efficiency that impacts a nation’s competitiveness.

“The new regulation has the potential to bring about many economic and societal benefits. What is key, however, is the creation of holistic partnerships and strong synergies between government, businesses, and universities to maximize its success,” said by expert

Prior to the establishment of the part-time work regulation, students in Dubai were unable to secure employment while studying, lacking vital workplace experience and skills needed to keep up with the fast-changing job market. By connecting the higher education and industry sectors, the student experience has been enriched through exposure to real-world experiences such as forming professional relationships at an early stage, ultimately increasing their chances of full-time employment after graduation. Most importantly, part-time work inculcates a sense of responsibility and self-reliance, by providing students with the opportunity to support themselves financially. TradeArabia News Service

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Abroad Visa: Qatar government has brought in new changes in work visa

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Study abroad: Campaign Aim to double share of UK students studying abroad

Study In UK: New target aims for 13.2 percent of students to undertake international placements by 2020 

The new target forms the second phase of the organization’s UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, which since 2013 has aimed to increase the share of students who have an international experience.

Just 6.6 percent of full-time undergraduates in the UK undertook international placements during their degree in 2014. The campaign seeks to increase this figure to 13.2 percent by 2020 in order to “create a new generation of global graduates and a higher education culture in which international opportunities are an aspiration for all students.

Head of outward mobilities programmes at UUKi, said that while the UK has seen visible growth in outward student mobility, progress has been “slow” and UK students “still have low levels of involvement in study abroad compared [with their] counterparts overseas”.

The US-based Institute for International Education launched its Generation Study Abroad programme in 2014, which aims to more than double the number of US students studying abroad to 600,000 per year by the end of the decade. The latest available data show that this figure reached 313,415 in 2014-15, a 2.9 per cent rise since the previous year.

Germany also has a goal for half its student body to spend time abroad by 2020.

One priority for the UK campaign will be to increase mobility for disadvantaged students, who are currently under-represented in this regard.

UUKi’s Gone International: Mobility Works report, published in March, found that the potential benefits of outward mobility can be greater for disadvantaged students than for other types of students.

On average, graduates from more disadvantaged backgrounds who were mobile during their degree earned 6.1 percent more than their peers six months after graduation, while mobile black graduates were 70 percent less likely to be unemployed than their non-mobile peers.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

2016 stands as a record-high enrolment for English language programmes in Australia

Monthly ELICOS commencements, 2012–2016. Source: English Australia

As in many major destinations, the top ten sending countries account for a large proportion of total ELT enrolment. Those top ten senders – China, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, and Spain – represented 76.5% of all ELICOS enrolment in Australia in 2016.

China remains the biggest source market by far, accounting for nearly three of ten ELICOS enrolments last year. Nearly all top ten markets demonstrated growth during 2016 with Brazil (+11.3%), Colombia (+16.1%), Japan (+20.4%), and Spain (+19.8%) – the lone European entry among the top source markets – the biggest gainers for the year.

Also within the top ten were two notable falling markets: Vietnam, which declined by nearly 12% (the equivalent of about 650 commencements), and India, which was off by more than 25%, or roughly 1,500 new students.

Outside of the top ten, Saudi Arabia, the 14th-ranked sending market, and Pakistan, the 20th-ranked source, also registered notable declines, dropping 36.5% (about 1,150 students) and 38.2% (500 commencements) respectively. Taken together, the top 20 source markets accounted for just over 90% of all ELICOS commencements in 2016.

As is the case in most English-speaking study destinations, ELT enrolment remains an important indicator of overall enrolment, in no small part because English training is generally a stepping stone to further study for many students.

In the case of Australia, an earlier Department of Education study found that nearly two-thirds of all ELICOS students progress to further study. Student Exchange Programs and Foundation programmes that prepare students for further study in higher education  will have continued to stronger growth. 

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