Thursday, 26 April 2018

Dubai scale ups its position as a regional education hub

The booming population of non-Emirate students in Dubai schools means the city is also growing in importance as a recruiting ground for third-country nationals planning to go on further education abroad.

Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is today one of the fastest growing cities, gaining a strong pace in becoming the knowledge-based economy with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) projecting a growth of 3.5 per cent for 2018, says International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

Known for providing “quality of life” and “standard of living” to its citizens abreast with world’s finest infrastructure, the city draws attention of thousands of expatriates with attractive job and business opportunities. 

Education in Dubai With a set of goals to become a global smart city, and an entrepreneurial and innovation hub —Dubai aims to emerge as world’s top “destination of choice” for education.

But Dubai is also aggressively moving to grow its own higher education capacity, both by expanding the footprint of domestic institutions and by welcoming branch campuses operated by foreign institutions. Universities from 12 different exporting markets currently operate campuses in designated higher education “free zones” in Dubai, including those from the UK, US, Australia, India, Austria, and Russia.

Considering both international branch campuses and local institutions, there are now 62 higher education providers in Dubai. Those institutions had a combined enrollment of 60,300 students in 2016, including 33,600 foreign nationals.

The number of higher education institutions operating in the city began to expand rapidly around 2003, the year in which the first of Dubai’s free zones for education were established. Also setting the stage for more rapid enrolment growth within the past decade, the KHDA and University Quality Assurance International Board (UQAID) were established – in 2007 and 2008 respectively – in order to provide greater oversight and quality assurance for higher education in the Emirates.

As the following chart reflects, 39 of Dubai’s 62 HEIs are now located within the free zones, including 24 international branch campuses.

Keeping pace with this significant increase in the number of university seats, total higher education enrolment in Dubai has grown by nearly 65% since 2008, with overall foreign enrolment across the UAE growing even more quickly. UNESCO reports that the number of foreign students in the Emirates grew from about 48,600 in 2011 to nearly 74,000 in 2015 – a total increase of 51% in just five years.

Speaking at the recent International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) in Dubai, Dr Warren Fox, the KHDA’s chief of higher education, said, “Dubai has shown to the world it can become a leading global business hub, and is leveraging this success to attract international students to come to the Emirate to pursue higher education studies here. This reputation as a world-class commercial and trading center is one of the top reasons why international students are coming to Dubai.”

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.

Monday, 16 April 2018

How to work with F-1 US student visa?

The United States is home to some of the best universities in the world, making it a hotspot for international students. But along with prestigious institutions also comes expensive university fees, visa costs and living expenses.

To make the most of your study abroad experience, you might want to get a part-time job so you have some income to explore and enjoy life.

If you’re studying in the US, you will likely be on an F-1 visa. This visa allows you some working rights, but it is important to be clued up on what your visa entitles you to. Breaking your visa rules can have drastic implications, so read on to make sure you understand your rights and stay out of trouble while studying.

Can I work on campus?
The F-1 visa allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during term-time on your campus, as long as a US citizen is not denied a job as a result.

On campus jobs 

Work performed on the school’s premises directly for your school
Work performed for on-location commercial firms which provide services for students on campus, such as the school bookstore or cafeteria
Work completed at an off-campus location when the work is directly linked to the student’s education program

During semester breaks, your F-1 visa allows you to work full-time (40 hours per week) if you are continuing your studies next term.

If you are applying for or receive on-campus work, it’s important to discuss with the International Student Office and obtain a letter from them for the Social Security Administration. You need to use this letter to get the Social Security number.

Off-Campus Employment

Jobs outside of your school are only available to international students who have completed one full academic year and who have a qualifying economic hardship or an emergent circumstance.

Optional Practical Training

Possibly one of the best parts of the F-1 visa is it allows you to gain up to a year’s experience in a field relevant to your studies, also known as Optional Practical Training (OPT). This training can be done before, during or after your course, but you must be enrolled at your university to be eligible.

STEM OPT Extension

If you finish your studies and participate in a period of post-completion OPT, you might then qualify for the STEM OPT extension, which is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to your program of study.

This extension is only available if your employer is enrolled in the E-Verify program and if you have a degree in one of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) fields on this list.

We at Aliff Overseas Consultant understand how confusing it can be navigating your visa and all the rules, so don’t feel shy to get in touch, and remember we are always there to help you.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Study At Cesar Ritz College In Switzerland

Since 1982, César Ritz Colleges Switzerland has provided international hotel and tourism management education. Located on three campuses, the César Ritz Colleges Switzerland and Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland are situated in Le Bouveret, the University Centre is in Brig, Switzerland, and a recently opened campus in Lucerne.
César Ritz Colleges, Switzerland is one of the world’s leading hospitality, educational institutions, that offers a unique opportunity for students to embark on a successful career in tourism and hotel management. The Institutions offer world-class hospitality business education with an international perspective.

César Ritz has a strong reputation for providing quality and excellence in hotel and tourism management education. The qualifications awarded by the César Ritz Colleges are accredited and recognized worldwide in the hotel industry. The students, at the International Hotel Management Institute, have the opportunity to explore the world of hospitality on well-guided international trips and guarantee of ready to implement real-life career plans.

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Located in Le Bouveret, a small French-speaking town on the shores of Lake Geneva, in a listed building that dates back to the early 1900s. Le Bouveret campus has a formal dining room where students practice their skills and host events, and a separate cafeteria for everyday dining. It is also the home of the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland with specialized demonstration, application and production kitchens for students to learn hands-on skills. Other facilities include student car park, student mobile phone network, wi-fi, two laundry areas, library, computer lab, study areas, student club & bar, TV and entertainment areas, fitness room, and free bicycles to explore the lake-side.

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

42% of parents would consider study abroad for children, says HSBC report

Nearly half of parents who took part in a worldwide survey carried out by multinational banking services company HSBC would consider sending their children abroad for university. However while the US topped the poll as the most favoured destination, the UK has dropped down to third place for the first time.

Of the 8,481 parents across 15 countries who took part in the survey, 42% said they would consider an international university education for their child, compared to just 35% of parents in 2016.

The Value of Education report revealed that the US (47%) is the most popular destination, followed by Australia (40%) and the UK (39%), which fell one spot to third.

45% of parents would consider buying a property in their child’s country of study

Despite the surge in international student numbers going to Canada, the country came in fourth place (25%).

Meanwhile, Germany, which recently surpassed its long-term goal of hosting 350,000 international students by 2020, came in fifth with 23%.

Head of Research, Policy and Practice at IIE, Rajika Bhandari, said the fact that these five nations are the most preferred is not a “happy accident”.

“[Germany and Canada] have implemented policies to make it easier for international students to join the skilled workforce, and taken steps toward offering a path to citizenship for highly educated, skill-based immigrants that come through its university system,” she said.

Key benefits of studying abroad that parents identified include developing foreign language skills (49%) and exposure to new experiences, ideas and cultures (48%).

According to the report, “Asian countries are among the most outward-looking” with four of the top five countries where parents are considering a university education abroad being India (62%,), Indonesia (61%), China (59%), and Hong Kong (52%).

“HSBC’s report shows that the number of parents, especially in Asia and UAE, who are ready to invest in an overseas university education for their child’s skills and employability continues to grow,” she said.

10% of parents would not consider an online degree even if it was free

The report also revealed that almost all parents (95%) would consider a university education for their child, with 91% considering postgraduate studies.

Almost all parents (95%) would consider a university education for their child, with 91% considering postgraduate studies

“Additionally, 45% would consider buying a property in their child’s country of study.”

Sun added that with 39% of parents having specific universities abroad in mind for their child, their investment goes beyond financial.

“[Parents] 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,” she said.

The report is the fourth in a series which “provides authoritative insights into parents’ attitudes and behaviour towards their children’s education around the world”, it states.


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, 5 April 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. source

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, 1 April 2018

Canada books 20% growth in 2017

There were indications all along that Canadian recruiters were in for a strong year in 2017. And now the latest figures from Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirm another year of very strong growth.

As of 31 December 2017, there were 495,525 international students enrolled in Canadian institutions and schools. This represents an increase of 20% over the year before, and officially marks that the country has reached its long-term target – to host 450,000 foreign students by 2022 – a full five years ahead of schedule.

Taking a longer view, the number of international students in Canada has increased by just under 120% between 2010 and 2017, and by 41% between 2015 and 2017 alone.
“This clearly demonstrates the continuing attractiveness of Canada as a study destination,” said Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) President Karen McBride. “Our research shows that international students choose Canada because of the quality of the Canadian education system and our reputation as a safe and tolerant country. This reputation is especially attractive now, given a changing global climate.”
As the following graphic reflects, China and India remain the most important drivers of Canada’s continuing growth.
This level of spending supported nearly 170,000 jobs across the country in 2016, and total spending by international students is now equivalent to nearly 15% of all of Canada’s service exports.
Canada’s fastest-growing markets in 2017 were Vietnam (+89%), India (+63%), and Iran (+45%). India, however, is the big story as its 63% growth comes off an already large base of just over 76,000 students in 2016. There are now nearly 124,000 Indian students enrolled in Canada, up from 48,500 in 2015. Source  ICEF Monitor

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