Showing posts from July, 2012

Undergraduate application trends from Asia to the UK

Admissions seasons in the UK is in high gear. A recent article in the Guardian notes, "This is the first cohort of undergraduates paying fees of up to £9,000 a year and uncertainty about how they will behave has been giving university heads some seriously sleepless nights....And there is no doubt that, in this complicated game of admissions poker, the stakes are alarmingly high."

Higher barriers for Indian students wanting to study abroad

2012 is turning dreams of many Indian students for studying abroad into nightmare.

Cost and challenges of affordability: Economic slowdown in India and currency depreciation has made foreign education more expensive. Karin Fischer of the Chronicle in her article Colleges Are Wary of Global Economy's Effect on Foreign Enrollments highlighted these cost challenges for Indian students. I mentioned in the article that there are two distinct segments of students--affluent and aspiring. Affluent students are prestige-conscious while aspiring students are price-conscious. It is the aspiring segment which is struggling to find its way to study abroad.

Fraud and tighter visa policies: All major destination countries are becoming more vigilant about the fraud issues. In June, UK, Australia and Canada announced a joint-statement for curbing immigration fraud. The statement cautions students "Do not be misled by unscrupulous agents into believing that it is acceptable to submit forged doc…

Indian "glocal" students go to China to study medicine

China continues to gain traction as a destinations for many Indian students aiming to pursue a degree in medicine. This is a prime example of Glocal students--global aspiration, local education. Glocals are characterized by aspirations that usually outstrip both their ability to afford a full fee-paying overseas education and their academic merit to gain admission to an overseas institution with financial aid. Here is the full article on glocals.

Why are Indian students interested in China?
Apart from China's attractiveness for lower cost of education and admissions standards, there is serious capacity constraint in India and competition for admission in medical colleges in India is intense to say the least.

An article aimed at attracting Indian medical students to China posted on China Education and Research Network (CERNET) by China's University And College Admission System (CUCAS) states:

"Are you an Indian student wandering how to become a doctor? Scared by the high …

Interest in Foreign MBA: Chinese Women on Top

Interest for studying Business/Management programs abroad has significantly grown among Chinese women as seen from the number of GMAT test-takers.

Chinese women outstrip all segments among BRIC countries both in terms of percentage growth and absolute numbers of GMAT test-takers, even surpassing males in all four countries. With more than 25,000 Chinese women taking GMAT in 2010-11, it is the single largest segment showing consistent growth over the years.

Number of Chinese women taking GMAT increased by nearly 18,000 in five years from 2006-07 to 2010-11 as compared to decline in women test-takers in the US by 2,775 from 48,510 to 45,735 in the same period.

It seems that a confluence of sociocultural and economic factors are offering more opportunities for Chinese women to study business programs abroad.


Dr. Rahul Choudaha