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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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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