Saturday, 17 February 2018

50 per cent of Indian graduates not fit to be hired: report

NEW DELHI:  It's the season for staggeringly high cut-offs on campus, but one that don't necessarily make the cut in the corporate world. A new survey of graduate students across the country, conducted by Aspiring Minds says that more than half of them are not fit to be hired.


India produces 50 lakh graduates every year. Experts say with poor English language skills, computer training and analytical ability, making the cut from the classroom to the boardroom is not easy.

Himanshu Aggarwal, Co-Founder and CEO, Aspiring Minds says, "Our education system continues to be put down by the rote learning concepts. These rote learning concepts are not training people for functional skills who are going to be deployed into the industry in a more readily fashion without any extensive training." 

The survey also says women seem to be better candidates to be hired in most categories surveyed. And metros are still way ahead of non-metro cities in terms of skill sets.

Dr. Pradyuman Kumar, Principal of Hindu College, Delhi says, "Degrees are given for the sake of being given. The curriculum should be designed in such a way that it ensures more employability. We need more interaction between the students and the industry."

"I'm not in anyway ridiculing or undermining the importance of cognitive and technical ability. All I'm suggesting is a balanced approach where education is more holistic, more interdisciplinary and really new student centric or learner centric rather than teacher centric. We still produce are amongst the best in the world," says Nishchae Suri, Partner and Head of People and Change at KPMG.

The results of the survey though indicative, they could be a starting point for how we view not just our education setup but our corporate outlook. Some suggest that employment needs to be viewed as a two way highway, where both sides have some distance to go before they can arrive at their destinations.

At Aliff Overseas Consultant  we offer a full suite of study abroad counselling services:
  • Course and university selection
  • Academic profile evaluation
  • Submission of admission applications
  • Visa application assistance, visa-counselling and mock-interviews
  • IELTS/TOEFL training
  • Pre-departure guidance and assistance in terms of private accommodation recommendations in select countries.




Thursday, 15 February 2018

Why Study Abroad In Singapore?

Singapore has a worldwide reputation in terms of high standard education, research opportunities and innovative teaching and learning.


According to a UNESCO report, more than 50,000 international students arrive in Singapore each year and it was rated the 6th best student city in the world by QS World University Rankings. Due to a melting-pot society, international students don’t have any problem with adjusting to the bustling Singapore. Here are other good reasons that make this city a place worth considering for a degree abroad:

1. English is the official language used in all educational institutions

English is the main language of instruction used in all universities from Singapore so this won’t limit your study options; you can choose any degree that is provided by the university. The only condition is that you deliver proof of your English language proficiency, usually an internationally recognised test.

In addition, English is spoken by around 75 % of the population in Singapore, so communicating and fitting in will be quite easy.

2. Join a diverse student population

Foreign students from all over the world choose Singapore for their higher education, especially since local universities have partnerships with leading universities from other countries. An extensive and diverse student body leads to an enriching study experience provided by the exchange of different ideas and acquiring knowledge about other cultures.

3. Singapore is one of the safest cities in the world

Despite its hectic, always busy and thriving city life, Singapore was actually rated as one the safest cities in the world (number two on the list of the safest cities in the world established by TripAdvisor). The very strict laws, police efficiency and well-developed infrastructure contribute to the overall security environment in Singapore.

4. Singapore has a great city life

Singapore is that kind of city that truly satisfies anyone’s taste so there is nothing that you can’t do here. Singapore has it all: numerous cultural attractions, night life venues, a wide selection of restaurants, countless shopping stores and the city is alive and vibrant including during the night. You could say it has “the city that never sleeps” type of feeling.

Interesting places to visit while in Singapore include Gardens by the Bay, Buddha Temple and Museum, The triple-towered Marina Bay Sands, The Museum of Art & Design (MAD), Singapore Flyer, the world’s largest observation wheel.

Why study an MBA in Singapore?

The name “Lion City” that was given to Singapore is related to its great economic and financial success, as the city is one of the four “Asian Tiger” economies (along with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan). Global Finance Magazine placed Singapore in top three of the wealthiest nations in the world. Singapore itself is basically all about business, investment and entrepreneurship, all the things that interest future successful business people.


Well-known for the high standard education, worldwide employers will always be impressed by MBA graduates that gained their knowledge and skills in Singapore.

Teaching style in universities from Singapore

Study programmes offered by universities and business schools from Singapore cover a mix of team work, interactive class discussions, and a focus on acquiring critical thinking and problem-solving skills. MBA degrees integrate a strong alignment of curriculum, assessment, instruction and practical experience.

Most business administration courses have a core module, enabling students to attain key concepts of a general management education. The curriculum then advances to more complex topics, meant to teach students how to succeed in the global business environment.

Interesting aspects of MBA courses in Singapore universities and business schools:

1. All MBA programmes cover internship or work opportunities, networking and social activities.

2. Universities collaborate with local and international companies and organisations and often organise business workshops

3. Students work on team projects that run across the semesters and have to explore and learn more about organisational and managerial effectiveness and communication

Choose a suitable MBA programme offered by a university from Singapore and start building a fruitful career in the ever challenging international business world!


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

StudyAbroad: Why Study in Switzerland

Switzerland has no natural resources, education and knowledge have become very important resources. Therefore Switzerland claims to have one of the world’s best education systems. The most popular of the educational facilities for foreign students are the Swiss Hospitality Schools. In the past, and even today, people from all over the world visit Europe and Switzerland for its natural beauty and quality of service. This tiny nation with a population of 7 million has 5600 hotels which provide accommodation for more than 35 million guests every year!


Tourism is indeed a very important economic activity in Switzerland. Due to the lack of manpower and the high cost of our labour force, the Swiss hospitality industry not only welcomes a majority of international visitors but also employs a truly international work force. This is also reflected in hotel management schools, in terms of the curricula offered and the mix in the student population.

Located in various towns and cities across Switzerland, these schools are renowned worldwide for their high standards and are almost a pre-requisite for hospitality students looking for a first class education.

Education in Switzerland

In recent years, Switzerland has rapidly evolved as one of the world’s top education destinations. In comparison to other popular study destinations like UK, USA, Canada and Australia, Switzerland is a smaller country but the quality of education offered is very high.

Pre-dominantly three languages are spoken in Switzerland: German, French and Italian. There are 12 universities in Switzerland and depending on where they are located, the language of instruction varies. Having said that, in the recent years, there is a conscious effort to attract students who are English language speakers in recognition of the fact that they are the ones who are looking for educational opportunities outside of their home countries. Knowledge of German and French is recommended, however, if you identify right kind of programmes which are 100% taught in English, in terms of securing a qualification, you will not have trouble. Regularly updated list of qualifications taught in English is available and should be referred to by students to ensure that they don’t have any trouble understanding the curriculum. It should also be remembered that students are likely to find maximum programmes at Masters level taught in English.

Switzerland has a long established and outstanding reputation for excellence in Hospitality education and training. Many of the world’s successful hoteliers have been educated in this beautiful and safe country. Switzerland demonstrates greatness in its precision approach to detail. That is why so many Swiss corporations rank among the world’s finest research institutes. Switzerland is also home to some of the world’s leading laboratories. Majestic mountains, green woodlands, crystal clear lakes, roaming vineyards, breathtaking landscapes and enchanting cities – Switzerland has it all. Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland has Paris, London, Amsterdam, Rome and Madrid at its doorstep, as all are within an hour’s flight. Switzerland offers not only the finest landscapes but also the cultural heritage of a multilingual population, where people have learned from childhood to live peacefully with their countrymen and women, who often speak a language different from their own. In such a country and environment, everybody can feel safe. These secure and friendly surroundings make it very easy to combine study with the discovery of people, culture and the beauty of the country. Many international companies have selected Switzerland for their headquarters because of the country’s reputation for stability, safety and multicultural understanding.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Top Reasons To Choose Ireland As A Study Abroad Destination

Lately, students have started exploring other countries, specifical nations in the European Union, for higher studies.


In recent times, India has become one of the fastest developing nations in the world and is considered to be one of the biggest economies globally. Its progress has trickled down to most citizens as well, with more and more people now able to afford several basic things, which until a decade ago, were considered luxury. One such aspect is education.

In India, access to basic education is increasingly becoming the norm owing to rise in disposable income, and better opportunities. Moreover, with a substantial number of middle-class households in the country leading a significantly better lifestyle as compared to a decade ago, many families have begun to consider investing in only the best education of their children; be it in India or abroad.


Ireland -- A dream destination for international students

Ireland or the Republic of Ireland is an island nation that is part of the British Isles. The country has a rich culture and tradition, which is most commonly depicted across the globe in the form of Saint Patrick -- one of Ireland's patron saints. Ireland also happens to be one of the countries in the European Union to recognise English as an official language.

Education structure

The education structure in Ireland is mainly made up of levels -- primary, secondary, and tertiary (third-level). The country is home to some of the finest educational institutions in the world and has an excellent academic infrastructure. Some of the top universities for international students in Ireland are Trinity College (Dublin), University College (Dublin), National University of Ireland (Galway), and University College of Cork.


Let us further explore the various factors that are leading Ireland to become one of the most preferred studies abroad destination among students from across the world:

Excellent education infrastructure: As previously stated, Ireland has an excellent education infrastructure, with most of its universities equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and academic resources. In fact, the progress made in the field of education has significantly contributed to Ireland's growing economy. For international students, this is an added advantage of studying in a culturally rich nation.

Scholarships for international students: The Republic of Ireland has an outstanding scholarship program for international students. Each scholarship is based on specific criteria for eligibility laid down by individual institutions in Ireland.

For example, Dublin Institute of Technology offers a Centenary Scholarship Programme for all international students pursuing a Master's degree at the institution. Similarly, the National University of Ireland in Galway offers several scholarships specifically for Indian students, such as the Max Arthur Macauliffe Special Merit Scholarship, and the Sir Peter Freyer Special Merit Scholarship.

Safety first: Ireland is one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world, allowing international students to complete their course without worrying about their overall well-being. While petty crimes like pick pocketing are common throughout the world, students just need to be cautious about their surroundings to avert such rare incidents.


Work opportunities: International students enrolled for full-time courses that are recognised by the IDES do not require an additional work permit to work in the country. However, they do need to have the proper documentation to be able to gain employment.


In conclusion, it can be said that Ireland is certainly becoming one of the most preferred studies abroad destinations among international students; and if you are a student hoping to study overseas, you should definitely consider the island nation to fulfil your education goal. (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/study-abroad)






Sunday, 11 February 2018

Studying Abroad Ups Your Chances of Jobs: Survey

As many as 45 per cent students prefer the United States as their study-abroad destination, the survey showed.


Indian students with international exposure are preferred for jobs over students who have studied in the country, reveals a recent survey. Conducted in support with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the survey was conducted across India and other strategic locations of the world.

“As the survey insights state, Indian students have not been able to gain preference in comparison to the overseas students due to lack of exposure and right counselling at the right age,” president of recruitment consulting firm KIC UnivAssist told the media. “We really need to step up the counselling practices in India to help them gain the desired position in the international markets.”

Despite the shifts in the political scenario in different countries, 31 per cent of universities has seen a marginal increase (nearly 3-9%) in their international student enrollment this year while 45 per cent of them said it is the same as last year. As many as 45 per cent students prefer the United States as their study-abroad destination, followed by 14 per cent for Canada, 13 per cent for the eUK, 10 per cent for Australia, 8 per cent for South East Asia and 7 per cent for Europe.

According to the survey, which included the opinions of industry leaders, counsellors and students of high schools, universities and other academic institutions, 56 per cent of universities feel that high schools need to play a bigger role in the smooth transition of students to universities. More information and counselling at the school level would better prepare students for university/college, 98 per cent of the colleges felt.

The prime focus area of about 58 per cent of universities while interacting with high schools is “relationship-building/engagement” while 41 per cent of universities said their focus area is mainly “student recruitment”.

The survey also showed subject preferences for Indian students, with 40 per cent of them opting for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, followed by 22 per cent students choosing arts, entertainment and sports. Only about 1 per cent choose business and finance, while 17 per cent prefers health and medicine. With traditional courses seeing a major chunk of the preference, it appears that career and college counselling practices in India are still not at par with international standards.

The survey also captured the growing presence of technology in career counselling as 38 per cent of students said that their counsellor uses some form of technology to guide them.

“In today’s digital world transition of a student from college to career must be developed on the basis of individual interest,” Shobha Mishra Ghosh, assistant secretary general-FICCI, said to the media. “Industry today is looking at engaging with students through structured seminars and forums to equip them with a complete know-how of different career options."


Monday, 5 February 2018

Tips to Crack Student Visa Interview to Study Abroad

Students who would like to study abroad will first have to pass an student visa interview to study abroad- at the British, the US, France, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Embassies, etc. So How do we should answer the interview?



Student visa interviews are a crucial part of a student’s plan to study overseas. There is often a misconception in the minds of students that obtaining visas for some universities or majors is difficult or rather impossible. The truth, however, is that consulates are not interested in what university or major a student is going but are instead interested in seeking justification for the choice a student has made. Thus, it is very important that students have clear cut explanations for the choices they have made in terms of university or major.

While there are no sure shot ways to help a student crack a visa interview, there definitely are some tips that might come handy. Given below are some of these:


1. Prepare a full file under the request of the embassy, in accordance with each
circumstance and your course.

2. As mentioned above, consider as the interview as a conversation, so first you should
show them that you will have a fascinating conversation by your appearance. I’m not only
saying the beautiful or hot girl, hot boy can get a visa, but please pay attention to the
appearance a bit: neat hair, clean and polite dress. You should smile and let them see your friendliness with some good questions.

3. It is not fine for exchange students to speak negative question: Your English is not good enough like this, how you can learn English? Don’t get rattled. Tell them that my English is not good enough, so I registered short-term English courses before the formal course, with such a good learning environment and hard studying, my ambition, I will definitely meet my course

4. If you can’t hear, you can ask again. Do not be afraid of asking, because only so you
can correctly answer questions.

5. Of course, content of conversation will be determined by the interviewer, it will be so at
the beginning time, and sometimes you should think that you are the interviewer but then
it is doubtful, if you can divert theme, then you definitely have a visa.

Finally, the biggest obstacle for your visa is the employee’s suspect for your studying, you likely return home. Let’s build an academic program and working closely and logically, let them see that your country is really good, rich and beautiful, but I will return to my land with the best persuasive reasons.

Given the fact as to how crucial a visa interview is to materialize one’s plan of studying abroad, a student must dedicate a fair share of time towards its preparation to increase one’s chances of success. At Aliff Overseas, our representatives offer expert guidance to students to prepare them for visa interviews and also conduct mock interviews in order to give them a sense of what to expect on the interview day.

Good luck to you! And remember to share this experience with others when there is the
chance

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At Aliff Overseas Consultant  we offer a full suite of study abroad counselling services:


  • Course and university selection
  • Academic profile evaluation
  • Submission of admission applications
  • Visa application assistance, visa-counselling and mock-interviews
  • IELTS/TOEFL training
  • Pre-departure guidance and assistance in terms of private accommodation recommendations in select countries.


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Study abroad: Why Indians prefer to go overseas to pursue UG courses

About 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. International students at US colleges have surpasses one million in the academic year of 2015-16. 


Studying abroad is a common dream among many Indian students such that the number of students applying for universities in other countries has been on the rise with every passing year. This hype can be observed with reports like the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange which has pointed out that international students at US colleges have surpassed one million in the academic year of 2015-16.
One of every six international students in the US is from India, according to the report and much three-fourths of these students are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses. Meanwhile the Indian Students Mobility report, 2016 noted that about 85 per cent of Indian students looking for colleges abroad tend to head towards USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The following points explain the why student hype around foreign universities.

1. Less competition
Many of the students who opt for undergraduate level programmes in universities abroad are those who prefer not to be involved in the competitive education environment of India which can get aggressive. The ratio of the number of applicants to the number of seats available in India is high.
One should understand that performance in entrance tests cannot indicate whether or not a student can absorb the course content. Having said that, students who doubt whether they can get through the entrance tests and do not want to fail, opt to pursue the undergraduate courses in universities abroad.

2. Settling abroad
The second reason why students want to go abroad is because they think that their future is outside India. They believe that by pursuing an undergraduate degree in a foreign country they can get a job there and eventually land the country’s citizenship. Settling down in USA, UK, Australia and some other such countries is attractive to many. However, things have changed these days.
The assumption that you can eventually settle down in the country if you study there, is repeatedly proving wrong. Governments of most countries are making it clear that if you come to the country for studies, you have to go back after the course. So, you have read the immigration policies of a country thoroughly before you decide the future course of action.

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3. Theory
Undergraduate programmes in India are theoretical and tough as compared to those in universities abroad. But the practical orientation of undergraduate students abroad is more compared to their Indian counterparts. The few who are well versed with the theories of subjects like mathematics, physics and chemistry can survive anywhere.
Students who do not have a strong footing in theoretical concepts may not do so well in India but have a better chance abroad. While Indian curriculum is skewed in favour of the theory, the emphasis on theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge is well balanced in the US.

4. All round development
Studying in foreign universities results in well-rounded personality development of students. They pick up communication skills, learn to live alone, manage with limited money, adjust in the unfamiliar environment and develop the high focus on career. So studying abroad develops the personality. It brings out the best in the person.

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