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Canada introduces Student Direct Stream (SDS)

With an aim to accelerate application process for international students from key Asian markets, Canada government has introduced the Student Direct Stream (SDS). The Student Direct Stream aims to reduce the processing time for student visa applications and allow more eligible students to study in the country.

The scheme is meant for students from the key Asian markets, which include India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. In the future, Canada is likely to expand the scheme to Kenya and Senegal.

The Student Direct Stream replaces the Student Partnership Program (SPP) in India and other reinforcement programs for students from China, Vietnam and Philippines.

The Student Direct Stream facilitates a faster and more streamlined visa application process. The processing time will come down to 45 days, while regular study permit under SPP used to take 50 days to be processed.

SPP was limited to international students wishing to study in about 40 post-secondary Canadian institutions.  Bu Student Direct Stream is open for students who want to study in any Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs) in Canada.

Qualifications required for Student Direct Stream (SDS)

In order to qualify for the Student Direct Stream, the student must have been accepted by a Designated Learning Institution of Canada. While applying, the student must submit proofs for being accepted by a Designated Learning Institution and the tuition fee paid for the year of study.

After the student applies for the Student Direct Stream with required documents, the application will be reviewed. If it meets the criteria to qualify for the Student Direct Stream, a letter of introduction will be sent to the student. The student will have to show this document to the immigration official once he/she arrives in Canada.

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Avail tax credits under Graduate Retention Program of Saskatchewan

As part of their efforts to retain graduates who studied in the educational institutions in Saskatchewan, the province is offering income tax credits of up to $20,000 for tuition fees paid by graduates who continue to stay in Saskatchewan. This offer is a part of the Graduate Retention Program of the province of Saskatchewan.

Graduate Retention Program of Saskatchewan

The Graduate Retention Program of Saskatchewan provides a rebate of up to $20000 for the graduates living in the province. But in order to be eligible, one must live and file income tax returns in Saskatchewan. The rate of rebate is based on the amount of tuition fee paid by the student. The rates are specified on the T2202A tax receipts issued by the institutions. The maximum rebate rates students can have vary depending on the study program they have pursued.

Program                                                                                               Maximum Rebate

1 year Certificate, Diploma, or Journeyperson                                           $3,000

2 or 3 year Certificate or Diploma                                                                    $6,400

3 year Undergraduate Degree                                                                      $15,000

4 year Undergraduate Degree                                                                       $20,000

How to obtain income tax credits under Graduate Retention Program of Saskatchewan

The Ministry of Advanced Education issues a Graduate Retention Program Certificate to eligible graduates and they can submit this certificate while filing the income tax in order to avail tax credits. But the student must apply for the Graduate Retention Program (GRP) within seven years of graduation. Most of the post-secondary schools in Saskatchewan apply for GRP on behalf of the students. If not, the students themselves can apply with a copy of their degree or diploma certificate.

Eligibility Criteria for Graduate Retention Program of Saskatchewan

In order to be eligible for tax credits under the Graduate Retention Program of Saskatchewan, the graduates must be living in Saskatchewan or moving to the province. Those who have graduated in 2010 or earlier are not eligible to apply for the Graduate Retention Program. Another condition is that the study program must be equivalent to a minimum of six months of full-time study at an eligible institution. The program must result in a certificate, diploma or undergraduate degree or provide a journeyperson certification.

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More Canada colleges become universities

Three Canada colleges have become universities recently, a phenomenon which is recurring in a country that gives highest priority to education. Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) in Alberta was awarded degree-granting status on February 22, while two other Canada colleges, Red Deer College (RDC) and Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) became universities on March 1.

Canada colleges becoming universities is nothing new. A decade ago, two other Canada colleges in Alberta had become universities. While in British Columbia, five postsecondary institutions became universities in 2008. A few other colleges are also slated to become universities in the future. These include Yukon College, which is expected to become a university within two years, and Sheridan College in Ontario, which is likely to become a university in 2020.

Red Deer College, one of the prominent Canada colleges, had been making the efforts to become a university for around 30 years. RDC won university status arguing that if it became a university, it would make education more accessible and affordable in the region.  Grande Prairie Regional College was also awarded university status for the same reason. It is estimated that RDC would take at least three to five years to become a full-fledged university. While GPRC’s transition process will take eight years, it is expected.

Though ACAD had been awarding degrees for around the past 20 years, it had not been given the status of a university. Once ACAD becomes a university, the degrees awarded by the institution will gain more value. ACAD offers professional degrees including BFA, MFA and BD.

Apparently, the next step for these universities will be to apply for a membership in Universities Canada, an organization which represents 96 public and private not-for-profit Canadian universities.

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Four Australian universities ranked among top 100 in the world

Four Australian universities have found their place in the Centre for World University Rankings list that has been released recently. University of Melbourne is the highest ranking university among these with 57th rank. The University of Sydney was ranked 71st the while University of Queensland secured 74th position. University of Canberra has got 82nd place.

The universities were ranked under eight categories that included quality of education, alumni employment, research output, influence, quality publications, citation and quality of faculty.

Universities in the US came in the top 10 spots, with Harvard in the first place followed by Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The University of Cambridge and University of Oxford were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. University of Tokyo is the highest ranked institution from Asia.

Besides the four Australian universities found their place among the top 100 universities, some other Australian universities also found their place in the list.

The Australian universities ranked among the top 1000

#57 University of Melbourne

#71 University of Sydney

#74 University of Queensland

#82 Australian National University

#119 University of New South Wales

#124 Monash University

#145 University of Western Australia

#229 University of Adelaide

#241 Queensland University of Technology

#324 Macquarie University

#351 Griffith University

#387 Deakin University

#390 James Cook University

#397 University of Wollongong

#399 University of Tasmania

#400 Curtin University

#425 University of Newcastle

#493 Flinders University

#534 La Trobe University

#562 University of Technology Sydney

#564 Western Sydney University

#570 University of South Australia

#634 RMIT University

#643 Swinburne University of Technology

#870 Murdoch University


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Is NEET Mandatory to Study MBBS in Georgia?

The Indian Health Ministry has made it mandatory for students to qualify NEET before obtaining admission for MBBS in a foreign university. It means if you want to study MBBS in Georgia, you must have cleared NEET. The National Eligibility Entrance Test or NEET is the entrance examination for admission in government medical Colleges in India.

The Ministry has imposed the new rule on all students who are Indian citizens or Overseas Citizen of India intending to obtain primary medical qualification from any medical institution outside India, on or after May 2018. Needless to say, the new rule will affect those who want to study MBBS in Georgia.

The students aspiring to study MBBS in Georgia or any other foreign country will receive No Objection Certificate (NOC) only if they have cleared NEET. The new rule has been introduced with the purpose of stopping mediocre students from earning a foreign medical degree merely on the basis of money and contacts.

At the same time, Indian Health Ministry has made it clear that those who have already taken admission for MBBS in foreign universities under previous rules are exempt from this condition. Every year, around 7,000 students go outside India to study Medicine.

On the positive side, we can expect that quality of students studying MBBS in Georgia will be better and the students will be more focused on earning the degree. This will eventually increase the pass percentage of FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduate Exam) which student needs to clear after completion of their MBBS in abroad.

MBBS in Georgia

With premium medical universities and affordable costs, Georgia is the best choice for students who want to study MBBS abroad. The universities in Georgia offer world-class education and state-of-the-art infrastructure. Medical universities in Georgia also have the recognition of Medical Council of India (MCI) and World Health Organization (WHO). A degree from these universities makes the holder qualified to work in any part of the world. After completing MBBS in Georgia, the student can apply right away for the test for obtaining the license to practice.

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What Can We Learn From Canada’s Education System?

Canada higher education system attracts students from all over the world owing to the high standards and quality. Canada has a forum of education ministers called the Council of Ministers of Education to discuss matters related to education and take decisions. Canadian universities offer more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. They also offer diplomas and certificates for professionals.

Canada’s Education System

We have a lot to learn from the higher education system in Canada. Firstly, the higher education institutions in Canada give prime importance to teaching and research. This is one of the reasons why Canada’s higher education is always ranked among the top in the world.

Another special feature of Canada’s education system is that the major universities in Canada are big in size. University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia — enroll a total of 110,000 undergraduates. Most of those in the upper level of the Canadian governments have completed their education in these universities. In short, all the prestigious universities in Canada are big in size too.

Another commendable characteristic of  Canada’s education system is easy access to universities. While many universities around the world draw their prestige from the number of applications they rejected, Canadian universities tries to admit as many students as possible.

These are some of the many reasons why Canada’s education system is model for many other countries when it comes to quality higher education system. It also makes Canada the top higher education destination for international students.

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Australia turning favourite destination for international students

The number of international students in Australia rose by 13 per cent last year, according to the data released by the Australian federal government. Among the international students in higher education, Chinese students have the highest representation, with 38.2 per cent of all international students in Australia being Chinese. The international students have also provided a major economic boost to Australia, having spent $30.9 billion a year on fees, travel and living costs last year.

Australia is the third most popular destination in the world for tertiary education and the most popular country for tertiary students from China and India. There has been a 48 percent rise in the number of Indian students in Australia since 2014.

Why study in Australia?

Australia is the safest and multicultural country in the world with renowned universities which encourages students to be innovative, creative and think independently. Why Study in Australia means, Australia has internationally prestigious, research-led universities, many of which are ranked among the best Universities in the world. Australia is actually one of the top countries for international students to go for their higher studies. In Australia, the candidates can discover the academics of Australian Universities are in demand by organizations like NASA as most of the universities are pioneering research in many fields, are the reasons for Why study in Australia. Universities in Australia have its excellence in research, thereby ensuring the key to quality undergraduate and postgraduate opportunities. Some of the most popular fields of study are the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, social sciences which include sociology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc and Health Science fields.

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University of Buckingham demands students to sign no-drugs contract

The University of Buckingham in the UK has made it mandatory for the students to sign a contract promising that they would not take any recreational drugs during the period of their studies. This is part of the University’s efforts to become the first drug-free campus in the UK. The University has taken this stand against drugs claiming that drugs consumption has no place in a university environment. The students will be asked to leave if they were found to have breached this contract, informed the university.

Research on the relationship between long-term drug use and its effect on mental health is still going on. The use of cannabis and hallucinogenic drugs is reported to cause psychotic dispositions and long-term mental problems. Some research has also revealed the positive effects of controlled drug use. But a group of experts has also questioned the criminalization of recreational drugs, saying that it will prevent students from taking medical help.

University of Buckingham

The University of Buckingham (UB) is a non-profit, private university in the UK and the oldest of the country’s five private universities. It is located in Buckingham, England, and was founded as the University College at Buckingham (UCB) in 1973, admitting its first students in 1976. It was granted university status by royal charter in 1983.Buckingham offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees through five “schools” (or faculties) of study.

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Inflow of foreign students contributes towards record growth in Australian population

Reversing the ageing of population in Australia, the inflow of international students has positively contributed towards record population growth in the country, according to data from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). As per their statistics, the number of international students flocking to the country is increasing, showing an eight percent rise compared to last year. The first two months of this year itself witnessed a 12 percent rise in new overseas enrollments in Australia compared to last year, exceeding 500000 in these two months. Most students have chosen eastern cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as their study destinations.

Australia’s population has witnessed an overall growth of 1.6 per cent. About 54 percent of this increase was contributed by net overseas migration to capital cities. Foreign students comprise around 43 per cent of net overseas migration to Sydney and Melbourne. For the first time, Sydney has welcomed more than 100,000 new residents in a single year. In Melbourne, the population increase is by just over 125,000. In both cases, net overseas migration was the key contributor, accounting for 64 per cent of the population rise in Melbourne and 83 per cent in Sydney.

International education often makes the way for permanent residence and then citizenship for international students. This rise in young population help Australia resist the population decline, which is being faced by countries such as Japan. The international students are also adding to the multicultural profile of the country.

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Number of Indian students applying for courses in the UK on the rise

The year 2018 has witnessed a 36 percent hike in the number of Indian students applying for various courses at UK universities. As per the data available with the centralized university application system of the UK, 4470 Indian students have applied for undergraduate courses in the beginning of this year. However, it is not clear how many of these applications for the courses that will start later this year will be accepted. But the statistics gives clear indication of rising popularity of UK universities among Indian students.

The UK universities are also gaining popularity among EU students as the number of applications from EU countries has also increased. The number of Chinese students who have applied for various courses in the UK has also increased and stands at 11920. This is 21% higher compared to the number of applications from Chinese students last year.

Quality education and a world-class environment are major attractions of the UK institutions of higher education. Studying in the UK offers a sophisticated international experience for students besides a degree that is recognized worldwide. The country’s education system has been ranked the sixth best in the developed world.

There are many other factors that attract students from around the world to UK universities. The most important among them are high quality of teaching and international exposure. The tuition fees in the UK is lesser compared to the US. Besides, UK institutions offer a number of scholarships to students. UK degrees are recognised worldwide, with which students can impress employers around the world.

However, India is demanding more lenient visa rules for Indian students. Considering students as immigrants may take the sheen out of UK higher education among Indian students, warn experts.

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