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Western business schools scramble to set up overseas
For Dezsö Horváth, the dean of York University’s Schulich School of Business, there’s no small amount of irony in India’s recent decision to allow foreign universities to confer degrees in the South Asian country of 1.2 billion. The widely expected but long-delayed ruling came on Sept. 10—one week after Schulich planned to welcome the first wave of students to a brand-new, $100-million campus in Hyderabad. The ambitious project was put on hold last year after it became clear that the foreign universities bill, first proposed in 2010, would not be approved by this fall.
Horváth now predicts it will be mid-2014 before all the details are ironed out, meaning the earliest Schulich could open in Hyderabad would be two years from now. In the meantime, Schulich has forged a partnership with the philanthropic arm of India’s GMR Group, the infrastructure company that has agreed to build Schulich’s Indian campus. Under the temporary arrangement, students will spend a year studying in India before coming to Toronto to complete their degrees.
Internal government study cites budget cuts, winter
Canada is failing to attract high-quality university students from China, India and Brazil, internal research commissioned by the Foreign Affairs Department concludes.
The findings of the focus groups conducted in those countries represent a setback to the Harper government’s ambitious efforts to broaden Canadian trade and investment in the three emerging markets.
Initiatives designed to forge educational links have been a feature of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s strategy to deepen economic ties with Asia during his trips to China and India this year.
Meanwhile, Gov. Gen. David Johnston travelled to Brazil in the spring with 30 university presidents in tow, one of the biggest delegations abroad to push the benefits of Canadian education.
People will protest anything. Or will they?
On the weekend, Carleton University and McMaster University both unveiled statues of Gandhi in celebration of Gandhi Jayanti, the political leader’s birthday, a national holiday in India. The celebration was part of the Year of India in Canada, an initiative to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two countries.
But in the days leading up to the Carleton statue unveiling, a group inspired by New York activist Arvin Valmuci created a Facebook group called “Stop the Carleton University Gandhi Statue” and sent an open letter to the school demanding they revoke the statue—or risk protests. They pointed to a website claiming Gandhi was guilty of “racism, sexual perversion and hatred of minorities.” Among other things, they allege that Gandhi “slept with his grandnieces.”
More than 150 “liked” the Facebook group.
It may seem odd to Canadians that people could hate Gandhi.
But many do. Valmuci works with a group called the Organization for Minorities of India. The same group protested a 23-year-old statue of Gandhi in San Francisco last year. The group called for the statue to be replaced by Martin Luther King Jr. or Nelson Mandela. After telling the San Francisco Chronicle they wouldn’t take it down, P.J. Johnston, the man responsible for the statue said, “I suppose Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela must have their critics as well.”
It’s true, they certainly do. There will always be people opposed to any political symbol on university campuses, even if that symbol is nearly-universally lauded for promoting peace like Gandhi.
Like the San Francisco Arts Commission, Carleton decided to ignore the group against the statue.
Whether they made the right choice seems almost moot. No protesters showed their faces.
Master’s specifically targets Indian and Chinese students
The University of Windsor’s student body includes 10 per cent international students, but they pay more than a quarter of the tuition.
That’s why the school will add a new medical biotechnology master’s program that is designed specifically to appeal to the growing Indian and Chinese education markets.
They’re unlikely to have trouble finding applicants. The number of Chinese students studying abroad has been growing by an average of 26 per cent per year for nearly three decades and reached 285,000 in 2010. The number of Indian student visas tripled in Canada between 2008 and 2010, reports Statistics Canada. In total, there were more than 178,000 foreign students in Canada last year.
Canadians are encouraged to take the program too, but most would balk at the between $25,000 and $30,000 fee for four semesters, Windsor chemistry professor Bulent Mutus told the Windsor Star. Mutus says the program will benefit undergraduates by helping to cover the costs of expensive labs that aren’t otherwise used in the summers. The program will launch in 2012.
Goal is to increase student numbers from 13m to 40m
Times Higher Education is reporting that Britain and India’s governments will enter a second phase of their UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), a partnership which involves linking young academics from the two countries together, developing skills capacity in Indian vocational schools and enhancing mobility of qualifications across borders.
But most striking about the announcement was the stated size of India’s higher education ambition. The country plans to boost the number of university students from roughly 13 million today to more than 40 million by 2020. That will require opening 800 new universities. According to the World Bank’s most recent report in 2006, there were 367 universities and 18,000 colleges in India.
Indian state government tells schools to ignore illegitimately issued female dress code
In Kanpur, India, the state government and a group claiming to represent the presidents of the state’s publicly funded universities are clashing over whether or not girls should be allowed to wear jeans to school.
According to Indian media outlets, Uttar Pradesh Pracharya Parishad (UPPP), a group of 22 post-secondary principals, unanimously voted to ban women from wearing jeans on campus last week, saying that the move would reduce incidents of harassment. The group also voted to ban students from bringing cell phones to school.
“It has been viewed that eve-teasers generally target girls wearing jeans or modern clothes,” said university principal Ashok Kumar Srivastava. If girls wore traditional Indian clothes, he said cases of sexual harassment near college campuses would decrease. “We can take precautionary measures to prevent the harassment of girls.”
The decision was made soon after after four girls’ schools in Kanpur prohibited students from wearing jeans, tight tops, sleeveless blouses, high heels and tight-fitting clothes on campus.
Public education officials reacted to the ban with anger, rebuking the vote as an “immature decision” and “dictatorial.” The president of one teachers’ organization said he had never heard of the group UPPP. “If there was any such body, they would at least have informed [us].”
The next day, the state government issued a warning to all local officials that the ban on wearing jeans on campus was not to be enforced. The department of higher education also demanded that any schools that had passed the bans withdraw them or face legal action. The four universities that had initially forbidden jeans on campus promptly complied.
A government spokesperson says the UPPP is not a recognized organization, and that the group was only formed approximately four months ago.
Explaining the ban on mobile phones, Srivastava said: “More than a necessity, mobile phones have become a luxury for students, and they waste much of their time talking to friends.”
Could allow foreign universities to expand into the world’s second-largest education market: are Canadian universities ready?
The Chronicle of Higher Education has written several stories in the past few weeks, covering plans to reform India’s moribund university sector, which has long been tied to (and tied down by) India’s notoriously inefficient bureaucracy. Among the proposed changes: opening the country to foreign university campuses.
Right now, it is difficult to impossible for foreign universities to get into the Indian market, and consequently the level of co-operation between India and Western universities is nothing compared to the growing higher education ties between Chinese and Western (especially American) universities. This despite the fact that India and the West – and especially India and Canada — have so much in common: a common language, a common legal heritage, a common political system. What’s more, India exports tens of thousands of students and professionals to the West each year. And Canada has a large and growing population with roots in the subcontinent, with thousands of new immigrants arriving each year. The ties between the countries are strong; the field for cooperation is wide and fertile.
If the Indian educational market opens up, are Canadian universities ready?
Foreign students can also apply for residency when their student visas expire
The federal government plans to “substantially increase” the number of foreign students it allows into the country this year.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney made the announcement Friday. He didn’t say how many more students will be lured here, but noted Australia allows 10 times more students from India than Canada does.
Kenney said Canadian universities are pressing for more foreign students because they pay the highest tuition fees, making them “a source of revenue.”
He said foreign students would have a chance to understand Canada’s labour market and languages, and put themselves on a “much faster pathway” to immigration.
Under a program launched last year, foreign students are eligible to apply to become permanent residents when their visas expire.
Kenney also said he expects a major reduction in the number of temporary foreign workers allowed into Canada because of the slowing economy and rising unemployment.
- The Canadian Press