Monday, 26 February 2018

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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Friday, 23 February 2018

How To Get Student Visa?

What is a student visa? 
A student visa is for someone who has applied at a university and has received an admission letter from the institution. 

Why do you need a student visa? 
You need a student visa as a part of legal proceedings that are to be carried out for entering your study destination and for pursuing university/college education.

Classification of Student Visas Student visas is classified into two types depending on 

1. Duration of a course/program 

2. Type of a program or student Duration of a course/program 

For the duration of a course or programme, the visas may be classified into short term or long term student visas.

However, this is depending on the tenure of your course. 

A short term visa is given when a student is planning to undertake a short course of up to 3 months E.g Summer school, Language Program or any diploma/certificate course. 

On the other hand, a long term visa is given when the duration of the program extends beyond 6 months. This comes when students are planning to pursue degree programs or diploma courses of more than 3 months.

Type of a program or student 
Some countries have classified types of student visa on the basis of a student type, that is, if a student is going to be an undergraduate, graduate or doctorate. 

How long will I have to wait to get my student visa?
If you’re applying for a student visa, the wait could be measured in a few weeks or months. 

However, you can’t apply for a student visa until you have been accepted on to a course in the country you intend to school. So, if you haven’t already done so you need to submit an application for the course you wish to study 

Different countries have differing visa systems and acceptance procedures, however, the fastest visa processing is done by the US.

You go for the interview and at the end of the whole interview, the visa officer tells you ‘Congratulations, you got the visa’ or he might say, ‘I’m sorry this time your visa has been denied but you can try next time’. 

In the case of other countries, like in the UK, Australia and countries in Europe, the usual period to get a student visa is between three to four weeks. It all depends on the high commission of the respective countries. 

Documents needed for student visa application 
Different countries are governed by separate immigration laws and students must adhere to the laws that govern the destination country. 

Therefore, requirements for documents may vary depending on your study destination. However, there is a list of documents that remain common for every visa application irrespective of your study destination. 

They are; 

1. Valid Passport 
When applying for a visa of any type, you always need a valid passport. 

2. Admission Letter 
For student visa, you need to showcase a legit admission letter from the institution of admission 

3. Language Proficiency Proof
You need to demonstrate your proficiency in a language that will be the medium of instruction at your study destination. 

4. Financial Capability 
For a successful visa application, it is mandatory that you prove your financial capability of managing tuition and living expenses.

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If you plan to study abroad, you will have to apply for a student visa in the country you are interested in schooling.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Top Destinations You Can Choose To Study Abroad

Access to education is one of the basic rights of people across the world, and many are extremely lucky to have had the chance to complete at least high school.
However, when it comes to pursuing higher education from reputed institutions, especially those that are based in an international destination, it seems there are only few who can afford to study abroad in the destination of their choice.

Although there are several student loans and scholarships made available for young scholars who demonstrate academic excellence, there are external factors like cost and standard of living that determine the overall cost of studying abroad.
While strict financial planning / management is one way to manage costs while pursuing studies in an international university, it is extremely important for students hoping to study abroad to choose from those countries that have considerably lower cost of living than most nations.
1. Germany
As an emerging education destination, Germany saw a 14 per cent increase in number of international students from 282,201 to 321,569, enrolled in its universities between 2013 and 2015. Additionally, it has one of the best education infrastructures in the world, and is also considered by many as one of the top countries to specialize in engineering and technology.
Despite being a central-European nation, cost of living in Germany is quite low compared to other European countries. Apart from little to no tuition fees for studying in German universities, the country has a lower cost of living than Denmark, Switzerland, and Luxembourg. According to the German Academic Exchange Service, international students spend an average of 725 euros on daily expenses, while German students spend 864 euros for their expenses.
2. Canada
Canada has been a favorite destination among international students for quite some time now. Apart from being one of the most peaceful, safe, and student friendly nation, Canada is also known for its high standard of living and low cost of living for students. International students typically spend anywhere between 20,000 to 30,000 Canadian dollars annually that covers their tuition as well as living expenses.
3. New Zealand
 New Zealand has an excellent and flexible education system that suits the budget of every student. While the annual living expenses of international students are determined by the university chosen by them, the New Zealand government suggests that students have at least 15,000 dollars to cover their expenses during their first year.
4. Australia
Australia has one of the best cost of living in the world, with living & tuition costs significantly lower than either the United States of America or the United Kingdom. However, the Australian government still advises international students to prepare a budget for the duration of their stay in the country prior to enrolling in any university to manage their finances better. Students can also check if they are eligible for scholarships, which could help reduce their financial burden by a certain margin.
 5. The United Kingdom
Just like New Zealand, the overall cost of living in the United Kingdom is determined by the place and/or university selected by a student. For example: University of Liverpool suggests that students have at least Euro 5,500-7,000 to spend per year on cost of living (excluding college and tuition fees). Apart from that, the country's official website for international students suggests preparing a budget that includes college fees (including tuition), food, accommodation rent, travel, and other miscellaneous expenses.
No matter where a student chooses to study, it is evident that planning well in advance and preparing a budget can go a long way in ensuring they have a comfortable and fruitful stay through the duration of their course

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Career in Sports Management

Career in Sports Management

So many people grow up wanting to be professional athletes. Though only a tiny fraction is able to realize that dream, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to have a career in sports. There are myriad careers in sports management, allowing those of us without a 90-mph fastball or a 42-inch vertical leap to work around the games we love.

Sports management includes all aspects of business, from the administration of finances to facilities management to the business aspects of sports teams, leagues, and establishments. With the growing popularity of the professional league sports such as  BPL (Barclays Premier League) and what followed is the most successful and profitable league in India ($3 billion Indian Premier League) and it embarked the beginning of a new phase in Indian Sports Federation. After the recent success of ISL (Indian Soccer League), Indian Kabaddi League, Indian Tennis League, Indian Badminton League, Hero Hockey League and this has opened the opportunity for a new career path in the Sports Management.

Sports Management Careers Path

Bachelor degree in the similar field or in business with relevant work experience is acceptable for pursuing masters in sports management. Many in the industry hold advanced degrees, with MBAs among the most prevalent. Some of the best countries which offer these courses are the UK, USA, and Ireland

Sports Management Careers: Compatible Personality Traits

Enthusiasm for sports and recreation, excellent mathematical and accounting abilities, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people, ability to multitask and keep track of multiple priorities at once, excellent written and oral communications skills

Sports Management Careers: Salary Expectations

Sports management salaries can vary to an incredible degree, depending on the position. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for the field in 2010 was $92,250 annually. With many years of experience and solid networking, Sports manages can earn astronomical salaries in professional leagues–perhaps not quite as much as the stars of the team, but close, in some cases.

Job prospects for sports management should remain relatively steady for the next decade, though competition will be fierce. Candidates with strong academic backgrounds, a passion for the sport they seek to work in, and strong interpersonal skills will have a leg up.

Monday, 19 February 2018

StudyAbroad: German nationality ranked best in the world

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The German nationality has been named the best in the world for the sixth year in a row, according to the Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index. The index takes into account various factors including the country's economic growth and level of human development. 

Germans are living the best life, but the French and Danish are not so far behind.

For the sixth year in a row, Germany gained the top spot in the Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), a ranking of nationalities based on the levels of freedom and quality of life citizens enjoy. The study was conducted by law professor Dimitry Kochenov and published by UK-based international immigration consultants Henley & Partners, who also produces an annual ranking of the world’s most powerful passports.

More than a simple nation brand perception index, the QNI posts to be the world’s only objective measure of nationality. Researchers mine data from the World Bank, the International Air Transport Association, the Institute for Economics and Peace to judge the opportunities and limitations based on an individual’s nationality. Each country garners an aggregate score based on their economic prosperity, human development, political stability and the ease of travel and overseas employment opportunities for its citizens.

Germany garnered 82.7% out of 100. France and Denmark is tied at second place at 82.4%, and Iceland garnered the third spot with 81.3%. The US is in 29th place because of its weak scores in “settlement freedom” and “peace and stability” categories. On the bottom of the QNI is Afghanistan with a score of 14.6%. The UK is ranked 12th this year.

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

NEET For Students Going Abroad To Study

All Indian students will now have to clear National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), if they want to pursue medical courses abroad.

Earlier, the students who aspired to go abroad were required to appear only for the Foreign Medical Graduates Exam (FMGE) to practice outside the country. But now, they will have to clear the NEET exam as well, if they want to leave their country and study abroad.

On Tuesday, the ministry of health and family welfare approved the proposal put forward by Medical Council of India (MCI) and amended India’s Screening Test Regulations (2002).

The health ministry said that any Indian citizen or Indian citizen overseas, who wants to obtain a primary medical qualification, from any medical university outside India on or after May 2018 shall now have to compulsorily clear NEET exam.

“This is because medical institutions of foreign countries admit Indian students without proper assessment or screening of the students’ academic ability to cope up with the medical education. As a result, many students fail to qualify the screening test,” said the ministry in a speech.

The proposal was put forward to the government by the MCI as the medical institutions and universities of the foreign countries admit Indian students without proper screening of students which enables them to cope up with medical education with that many students fail to qualify the screening test.

“Candidates, who have passed Class XII from open schools or as private candidates, will not be eligible to appear in NEET-UG,” the notification said. Now, those aspiring to study medicine outside India will be given a no objection certificate (NOC) only if they clear NEET.

Source: TOI

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

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

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Majority Of Indians Want Their Kids To Study Abroad, Open To Online Degree: Report

A majority of Indian parents want an international education for their children. As per the HSBC Value of Education report, Indian parents are also among the most willing to enrol their child for an online degree with reduced costs seen as the main benefit.

According to HSBC’s partner, the Institute of International Education (IIE), China is the leading country of origin for international higher education students, sending an estimated 801,000 abroad, with India (182,000) and Malaysia (64,000) also exporting significant numbers.

The majority of parents (73 percent) considering university abroad for their child expect to make a significant financial contribution and estimate the overall average cost of an undergraduate and postgraduate degree abroad to be an estimated USD 157,782 (estimated USD 71,580 for undergraduate and USD 86,202 for postgraduate). Many parents (45 percent) would go further and consider buying a property in the country where their child is studying.

Overall, the USA is the most considered international destination by parents for their child’s university education (47 percent), ahead of Australia, the UK, Canada, Germany and France.

More generally, spending on education is particularly resilient in Asian countries. For 44 percent of parents in India and 42 percent in China, paying for their child’s education is their most important financial commitment.

The Value of Education is an independent consumer research study into global education trends, commissioned by HSBC. Higher and higher, the fourth report in the series, was published in June 2017 and represents the views of 8,481 parents in 15 countries and territories around the world: Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, UAE, UK and USA.

Trista Sun, HSBC’s Global Head of International and Cross-Border, said, “With 39 percent of parents having specific universities abroad in mind for their child, their investment goes beyond the financial. They spend a lot of time and energy to help their child build their academic profile and other credentials in order for them to meet the entry requirements at prestigious universities.”

Sun added that with an undergraduate’s total cost expected to be around USD 72,000 on average, the investment is financially significant for parents.

Over two-fifths, (41 percent) of parents would consider a university education abroad for their child, and they are more likely to consider a postgraduate education (36 percent) than an undergraduate education abroad (34 percent).

Despite a common idea that international students would stay in their host country after graduating, parents’ top expectation (35 percent) is that their child would search for full-time employment at home. Only 9 percent would like their child to search for full-time employment in the country where they have completed their university education.

Parents, especially those from India, are also not shying away from online degrees. Reduced travel and living costs (52 percent) and lower tuition fees (50 percent) are seen as the main benefits.

Further, they also recognise the lifestyle advantages, with nearly half (47 percent) citing the more flexible learning environment and almost two-fifths (38 percent) saying it will develop their child’s technology skills.

However, parents also see drawbacks with online degrees, such as fewer opportunities to interact with peers (46 percent), a less close relationship with lecturers and tutors (44 percent) and not enough interaction during the course (40 percent).

The report has suggested that not only should parents start planning early and also be realistic about the costs. Source: