Asian Correspondent » Asian Correspondent http://asiancorrespondent.com Asian Correspondent Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:54:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Le Cordon Bleu Australia http://asiancorrespondent.com/97525/le-cordon-bleu-australia-3/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/97525/le-cordon-bleu-australia-3/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:58:11 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=97525

Le Cordon Bleu’s prestige is internationally recognized. Founded in France more than a century ago, the institute now operates an international network of campuses. For culinary arts students based in Asia, Le Cordon Bleu Australia is a particularly strong candidate given its international reputation, extensive global network and convenient location in the Asia-Pacific region.

Le Cordon Bleu has campuses in three Australian cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The school offers a range of culinary arts and management courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Potential degrees include a Master of Gastronomic Tourism, an MBA in International Hotel and Restaurant Management, a Bachelor of Business in Culinary Management and a Master of International Hospitality Management. A host of training and diploma courses are also available.

Practice kitchen at Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Pic: Practice kitchen at Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Le Cordon Bleu students gain valuable on-the-job experience through powerful industry placements. Work placement programs coordinated by the school are completed over the course of six months, and they take place in world-class resorts and hotels, convention centers and restaurants across Australia.

Le Cordon Bleu chefs achieve international acclaim
Around the world, graduates of Le Cordon Bleu are garnering critical acclaim. In March of 2013, Rinrin Marinka – an Indonesian celebrity chef and graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Australia – will be participating in “A Culinary Experience”, hosted by Le Cordon Bleu in collaboration with Sun Education. This cooking competition is open to amateur chefs aged 17 to 25, who are tasked with creating their own recipe from a specific list of ingredients. Rinrin will be joining Le Cordon Bleu Chef Franck Bruwier as a guest judge.

Student at Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Pic: Student at Le Cordon Bleu Australia.

Rinrin completed the Grand Diplôme in French Cuisine and Pâtisserie and then went on to work as a freelance cooking instructor in Indonesia. She’s an innovative chef, blending elements of Eastern and Western cuisine to great critical acclaim. Rinrin regularly appears on Indonesian commercials, is profiled in magazines, serves on the panel of judges for MasterChef Indonesia and currently hosts her own televised cooking program.

Rinrin is a shining example of the level of success to which Le Cordon Bleu graduates aspire. Not only does this culinary institute provide some of the finest culinary education programs in the world, it also offers collateral courses in management and business administration, prepping students to become highly successful culinary arts entrepreneurs.

 

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Leading international boarding schools for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/92280/the-best-international-boarding-schools-for-asian-students/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/92280/the-best-international-boarding-schools-for-asian-students/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:00:44 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=92280

Read our latest review of international boarding schools

Global society is more interconnected and competitive than ever before, and this has prompted dramatic changes in the dynamics of leadership, professionalism and business. Students who attend university abroad are often better equipped to navigate these shifting dynamics. However, the real prize in 21st-century achievement and marketability is for students who begin their international education at the primary or secondary level.

There are many reasons that Asian parents consider sending their students to international schools and boarding schools, not least is the residential campus environment that reflects the university model and places education and enrichment at the center of all activities.

Studying at Strathallan School

Pic: Studying in the Art Department.

But there is much more to the international boarding school advantage than campus atmosphere. The faculty members at leading international schools are among the best in the world. In many cases, these are impassioned individuals who pursue teaching as a calling rather than a mere vocation. Passion like this is contagious and produces students and graduates who pursue their own callings with the same zeal.

The campus environment also breeds higher degrees of responsibility, independence and individualism. Students are well cared for by the adult staff, but they generally learn to step out and explore on their own earlier in life than their home-bound peers. Furthermore, young international students are in a much better position to acquire and master English language than older learners. Rather than playing catch-up with language proficiency once they enter the international university scene, they are  prepared to meet and grapple with the concepts of higher education from day one.

Butler Hall Atrium at EF International Academy

Pic: Butler Hall Atrium at EF International Academy.

The best international boarding schools also offer facilities and programs with which regular primary and secondary schools simply cannot compete. Music and arts education flourish; aspiring athletes receive expert coaching; and gifted learners are encouraged to attain higher-level certifications and credits before they have even entered the university scene.

How to choose an international school
Choosing the right international school for your child is a daunting task. Criteria differ from one family to the next, but there are a few hallmarks of quality education that set distinct institutions apart from the competition.

Parents in Asia place a high priority on English-language education, which is offered at leading schools across the world. Multicultural experience is also a strong selling point. Children attending schools with a diverse student body are better equipped to navigate multicultural and social challenges as adults, a competitive edge that paves the way to a happier, more prosperous life.

Some families have strong regional requirements – for example, a preference for schools in the UK, North America or an rising Asian powerhouse such as India. For others, favoring strength in either the arts or the sciences helps to narrow the list. The most important thing is to set clear and intentional criteria, and then approach the selection process with these in mind.

Woodstock School sports

Pic: Woodstock School sports.

The following are some of the leading international schools for Asian students:

ST. GILGEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL – AUSTRIA
Located on a lakefront in Salzburg, Austria, St. Gilgen International School offers exactly the sort of boarding school experience parents imagine for their children. The village campus is spacious, with glass-fronted buildings facing the lake and offering spectacular mountain views. But panoramic views are only the beginning of St. Gilgen’s offerings. This International Baccalaureate (IB) World School combines forward-looking 21st-century curriculum with commitment to the development of time-tested personal values. As a result, students graduate as well-rounded world citizens primed to excel at leading universities across the world. Read the full profile here…

St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgangsee

Pic: St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgangsee.

EF INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY – INTERNATIONAL
EF International Academy is part of EF Education First, the world leader in international education. With over 45 years of experience, EF has helped more than four million students realize their dream of studying abroad. EF International Academy is dedicated to meeting the needs of young people who are committed to developing their future through an international education. High school-age pupils may choose to study at one of fourlocations: Oxford and Torbay in the UK, New York in the US and Vancouver in Canada. Read the full profile here…

SEDBERGH SCHOOL – ENGLAND
An internationally acclaimed boarding school, Sedbergh School was established in the 16th century in Cumbria, England. An storied history, excellent facilities and an impressive list of accomplished alumni make this a top choice for international parents seeking a world-class education for their primary- and secondary-aged students. Currently, Sedbergh Junior School cares for and educates 100 pupils aged 4 to 13. The Senior School has a total of 450 students and 80 fully qualified teachers, coaches and pastoral care providers. Exceptional full boarding is a particular strength of Sedbergh School and is offered to pupils aged eight and above. Read the full profile here…

Cricket pitch at Sedbergh School

Pic: Cricket pitch at Sedbergh School.

WOODSTOCK SCHOOL – INDIA
Asia’s oldest international boarding campus, Woodstock School, regularly ranks first in number-one in India according to peer and parent surveys conducted by Education World(2008, 2009 and 2011). The institute serves more than 500 students on a 250-acre campus Mussoorie, India, roughly 180 miles north of Delhi. Woodstock School was founded in 1854, when it served the children of Christian missionaries in India. The campus has become more diverse in the 21st century, though many students are still children of public servants. Today, the school’s religious roots are expressed through the institute’s commitment to excellence, personal responsibility and service. Read the full profile here…

ROSSEAU LAKE COLLEGE-CANADA
This famous Canadian boarding and day school opened in 1967 and has garnered an outstanding international reputation in the decades since. This is a highly competitive school, and students are advised to apply early. Rosseau Lake College boasts a world-class academic tradition that is enhanced by strong community values and a full roster of extracurricular activities. For example, students give back to the Rosseau community each year by sponsoring charitable events.

INSTITUT AUF DEM ROSENBERG – SWITZERLAND
The Institut auf dem Rosenberg was founded in the late 19th century and carries on a tradition of excellence in international education. Students are accepted from six years of age and benefit from a 1:4 student-to-faculty ratio. The school occupies 100,000 sq m of parkland dotted with historic buildings and gardens. The curriculum includes tracks that specialize in education systems from Switzerland, Germany, Italy, the UK or the US, and students graduate with proficiency in several important international languages.

PHILLIPS EXETER ACADEMY – USA
A prestigious and highly secondary school located in the state of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy dates to 1781 and employs the ‘Harkness teaching method’. Students sit around oval-shaped tables rather than in rows. Discussion takes precedence over lectures, which are all but nonexistent at PEA. The student body is particularly divers, and one out of four students are of Asian descent.

 

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Leading journalism programs for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/115102/leading-journalism-programs-for-asian-students-3/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/115102/leading-journalism-programs-for-asian-students-3/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:55:37 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=115102

Last summer, US President Barack Obama commented on the ‘winner take all’ economy of the 21st century. In the process, he made a passing comment about decline of small-town journalism jobs across the US. He said, in so many words, that he didn’t think those types of jobs were coming back. But even if this is true, there has been an uptick in the number of students enrolling in j-school around the world.

Indeed, President Obama is not the only one decrying the decline of careers journalism. In the age of social media and smart phones, we’re seeing more and more guerrilla-style journalism – everyday people on the scene recording footage, tweeting their opinions and uploading confidential documents to the Cloud. In light of these socio-economic trends, aspiring journalists around the world are understandably second-guessing their career choice.

USC Annenberg campus

Pic: USC Annenberg School for Communication.

However, not everyone sees it this way. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Danny Hayes addressed this very concern. He believes that talking about the supposed ‘death’ of traditional journalism gives people the wrong idea. In fact, he asserts that norms of traditional journalism are still very much alive today. They’re just playing out in a host of new media channels – many of which operate in the digital world.

To be fair, Mr. Hayes is a former journalist who now teaches political science at George Washington University. Even so, up-and-coming students appear to agree with his sentiments. In 2009, during the height of the global economic crisis (and despite the fact that media channels around the world were singing the dirge of ‘traditional journalism’), the number of undergraduate students enrolling in journalism school reached a 15-year high.

Why, in the face less-than-flattering employment figures, were so many students seeking higher-level training in journalism? No doubt, the answers to this question are many and varied. However, it is safe to say that today’s up-and-coming students in Asia and abroad understand the value of the skill set they’ll develop in J-school.

Medill Northwestern University

Pic: Medill Northwestern University.

The rise of non-traditional journalism
Even if so-called traditional journalism is on the decline, the skills and fundamentals that underpin the trade are certainly not. In fact, you could easily make the case that they are more important now than ever before. Written words are a dime a dozen in the Internet Age. A few years ago, The Guardian reported on research into the number of words Internet users encounter. The study found that, in one day, a very typical Internet user could come across (as in see, not read) nearly 500,000 words. To put that in context, that’s more words than you’ll encounter in the entirety of Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

Professionals with journalistic backgrounds help us mitigate this content overload. The Sydney Morning Herald suggests that the same forces that are disrupting the business of journalism are also driving the popularity of journalism courses. Given the amount of online publishing that the average company carries out, media production teams are essential. Online audiences are always going to favor well-written content over the bad, and that means that professionals with a journalist’s toolkit are going to be in higher demand than ever before.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Pic: Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

To that end, here’s a list of the leading journalism programs for Asian students:

USC ANNENBERG SCHOOL FOR COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM
With the opening of its state-of-the-art Wallis Annenberg Hall in 2014, USC Annenberg significantly enhances its already leading position in international journalistic and communications studies. The university is situated in the heart of Los Angeles – one of most diverse and dynamic cities in the US, in terms of its people, places and geography. Read the full profile here…

Students at USC Annenberg

Pic: Students at USC Annenberg.

MEDILL SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
Medill is a highly acclaimed school of journalism that operates under Northwestern University in Chicago. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, along with a graduate degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Medill is one of only a handful of journalism schools that has earnestly embraced the technological revolution and the role it plays in modern media. Graduates enter a network of esteemed alumni that includes 38 Pulitzer Prize laureates.

HONG KONG BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
This university has a longstanding reputation of excellence, and its School of Communication operates one of the most highly esteemed schools of journalism in Asia. Journalism became one of the top offerings at HKBU back in the 1960s, and many of the leading journalists from the region today earned their undergraduate and graduate credentials here. As China relaxes restrictions on the press, HKBU continues to grow in popularity.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
Few schools of journalism are backed by the clout and prestige of Columbia University in the US. Columbia is an Ivy League university, and some of the most prestigious awards in journalism have been bestowed upon its graduates. The school offers Master of Science, Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Communications. Students are encouraged to view themselves as leaders in journalism and to promote change and improvement in the profession.

UNC-CHAPEL HILL, SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATION
Located in North Carolina, Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism offers degrees at every level, and it appeals to more than aspiring mainstream journalists. This school of journalism is well in tune with trends in 21st-century media, and its programs are intended for students with traditional career goals as well as those with their sights set on public relations, marketing and communications.

University for the Creative Arts

Pic: University for the Creative Arts

UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
UCA has more than 150 years of experience through its founding colleges, and it’s poised on the leading edge of creative studies in the UK. The school’s journalism degree courses offer high-level training in multiple media platforms, with an emphasis on strong industry links and placement opportunities. Graduates go on to work in television, newspapers, PR, the Internet and with other media companies.

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Leading creative industries programs for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/114827/leading-creative-industries-programs-for-asian-students-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/114827/leading-creative-industries-programs-for-asian-students-2/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:05:32 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=114827

Back in 2008, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a report covering the expansion of global economies and the effect this has on the creative industries. It found that the developed world still dominates the global market when it comes to creative products. Furthermore, developing nations trying to compete for global creative markets faced severe uphill battles.

The UNCTAD report also found that creative industries demonstrate strong potential when it comes to economic, cultural and social development. It stated that international trade in creative goods exceeded US$445 billion by the middle of the first decade in the 21st century. Furthermore, this trade was growing at an unprecedented annual rate of 8.7 percent.

Creative industries at DJCAD

Pic: Creative industries at DJCAD.

The connective power of the Internet has made it easier than ever to share and distribute creative products and services. By 2005, China had become the world’s leading exporter of creative goods, and many other Asian powerhouses were making strong contributions as well. In light of these figures, UNCTAD strongly recommended that developing nations look to the creative industries for economic bolstering. International response has varied, but it’s safe to say that an increasing number of students in Asia are taking a keen interest creative careers.

That report was issued at a decisive moment in modern history. The world was about to plunge into global financial crisis that would have serious repercussions for many Western powers. At the same, these economic figures presented emerging economies in Asia with the opportunity to develop stronger footholds in the creative industries.

Enrolling in the Best Creative Industries Programs
Despite a surge in the production of creative products in Asia, the strongest market demands are still found in the West. Point in case: Christie’s art auction house in New York City says that Asian art is one of its top-three revenue generators. This artwork is produced in Asia (or at least by Asian artists), but it’s most likely to be sold in the West.

Oxford Brookes arts students

Pic: Oxford Brookes arts students.

Along those lines, many of the most celebrated creative arts institutes are found in the West as well. The UK, North America and Australia have several critically acclaimed institutes on offer, many of which boast longstanding traditions of excellence and have produced world-renown artists and designers.

The best creative arts institutes bring strong creative minds together in dynamic facilities that feature the latest, state-of-the-art equipment. If an institute’s studios and facilities are anything less than world-class, even the most prolific creative minds are going to be held back. Likewise, the finest facilities in the world will leave students wanting more if the staff and instructors that operate them aren’t bringing years of professional experience and a strong grasp of creative theory to the table.

Finding the best creative arts institutes requires plenty of research. Students are well-advised to look for institutes that are both staffed by world-renown instructors and produce award-winning alumni.

To get started with your search, have a look at the following list of leading creative arts programs for Asian students:

FALMOUTH UNIVERSITY
Falmouth University was founded in 1902 and has developed into one of the highest-ranked universities in the UK. A lovely coastal location in Cornwall, state-of-the-art facilities with more than £100 million invested and a clearly expressed ambition to become a global top-five arts institute make this a leading choice for international students of the creative arts. Read the full profile here…

Creative industries degree programs at Falmouth University

Pic: Creative industries degree programs at Falmouth University.

DUNCAN OF JORDANSTONE – COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Founded in 1892, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) has developed into Scotland’s premier creative arts institute. After integrating with the University of Dundee in the late 20th century, DJCAD has steadily emerged as a creative arts leader – not only in the UK, but in the world at large. Read the full profile here…

OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY, DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENT
Oxford Brookes University was founded in Oxford, England in 1865, and it has grown into one of the UK’s leading modern universities. Innovation is the cornerstone of the educational process here, and students are encouraged to expand their academic curiosity, experiment and take risks. Read the full profile here…

UNIVERSITY FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has existed in its current form since 2005, although it has been in operation for more than 150 years through its founding colleges. This is one of only three specialist art universities in the UK, offering access to the latest industry-standard facilities and fostering inspiring student communities that support the creative process. Read the full profile here…

UCA creative industries facilities

Pic: UCA creative industries facilities.

COURTAULD INSTITUTE OF ART
Located in the UK, the Courtauld specializes in the study of the history of art and is particularly well-known for its collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The art institute offers a BA in the History of Art along with several taught postgraduate programs in fields including the History of Art, the History of Buddhist Art, Conservation of Wall Paintings and Curating the Art Museum.

ARTS UNIVERSITY BOURNEMOUTH
Named the number-one creative university in the UK by Which? University 2012 Survey, Arts University Bournemouth was founded in 1885 and is now a top choice for international students of art. One of only 15 universities in the UK devoted solely to the creative industries, AUB offers specialist education in art, media, performance and design, encouraging students to push the boundaries of creativity and to take risks in their artistic exploration.

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Recap: Education’s best and brightest gather at Istanbul conference http://asiancorrespondent.com/114080/recap-educations-best-and-brightest-gather-at-istanbul-conference/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/114080/recap-educations-best-and-brightest-gather-at-istanbul-conference/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:47:35 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=114080

Global education’s best and brightest minds came together in mid-September for the European Association for International Education’s (EAIE) four-day conference in Istanbul.

This year’s record-breaking event had a truly international theme – ‘Weaving the Future of Global Partnerships’ – and this  was reflected in the attendance, with more than 4,800 delegates representing more than 90 countries.  Over 150 sessions and workshops were held over the four days, ensuring a hectic schedule for everyone in attendance.

Lovely Istanbul was the venue for this year's conference. Pic: EAIE.

This event was a must for anyone with an interest in new trends in international higher education. Delegates and speakers ranged from rectors and deans to managers of international education programmes and government representatives, providing an unparalleled opportunity to build partnerships and exchange knowledge with like-minded professionals.

Workshops and campus tours of Istanbul’s finest universities were run throughout the week, while delegates were also encouraged to join open dialogues on key topics which are shaping the future of international higher education. With more than 100 knowledge sessions over the four days, topics of interest to all higher education professionals were covered.

More than 350 exhibiting organisations attended this year's event. Pic: EAIE.

The Istanbul conference also added some new formats to the mix. One of the exciting new initiatives for this year’s conference was the Ignite Session, a fast-paced, dynamic session where nine presenters had just five minutes each to discuss their chosen topic. Unsurprisingly, they covered a lot of ground.

Another new addition to the EAIE conference this year was the exhibitor Live Zone, giving attendees the chance to discover some innovative services and programmes developed by higher education organisations. The Live Zone was host to insightful presentations on exciting initiatives aimed at assisting educators in their internationalisation efforts. An exciting line-up of exhibitors included Columbia University, IELTS, Cambridge English Language Assessment, University of Liverpool Online Degrees, St George’s University, and more.

There were plenty of social events where delegates could unwind and mingle. Pic: EAIE.

The conference didn’t scrimp on the social events either. Morning runs, cocktail cruises, dinners, dances and receptions all allowed delegates to mingle in a less formal setting.

At the Closing Plenary delegates gathered to hear futurist and keynote speaker Jack Uldrich discuss how the latest educational trends are transforming the student-teacher relationship, with a look at the adaptations educational leaders must make today in order to stay relevant in tomorrow’s changing world. The closing event also gave delegates a glimpse at what they can look forward to at the 26th Annual EAIE Conference in beautiful Prague in 2014.

Pic: EAIE.

2013 Award winners

The following were the winners of EAIE awards during the conference:

Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation
University of Helsinki, Finland

Constance Meldrum Award for Vision and Leadership
Maurits van Rooijen, London School of Business & Finance, UK

Bo Gregersen Award for Best Practice
Jeroen Torenbeek, Utrecht University Summer School, the Netherlands

Tony Adams Award for Excellence in Research
Rahul Choudaha, World Education Services, USA

Rising Star Award
Alva Bruun, Centre for International Mobility, Finland
Edwin van Rest, StudyPortals, the Netherlands

President’s Award
Louise Stansfield, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

 

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Leading English language schools for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/113271/leading-english-language-schools-for-asian-students/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/113271/leading-english-language-schools-for-asian-students/#comments Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:34:51 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=113271

English is the global language for meetings of the mind – for everything from international summits to scientific collaboration. Proficiency allows access to myriad cross-cultural experiences and professional opportunities. In fact, research commissioned by the British Council found that English speakers earn three times as much as their non-speaking counterparts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Figures like this aside, it’s clear that international tides are shifting. Given the post-industrial rise of China and its trend toward becoming a knowledge-based economy, many are rightfully asking what role Mandarin will play in the coming decades. However, many experts actually foresee English increasing in international importance as a direct result of the way that socio-political power is reorganizing.

Graduate at Highbury College Portsmouth

Pic: Graduate at Highbury College Portsmouth.

Last year, Forbes published an article exploring the English’s role in international business. The article emphasized the shift from English as a language of the elite to one of the working class. It cites a study conducted by EF Education First and a report by the British Council that predicts 2 billion students actively studying English around the world by 2020.

Even in China, it appears that English’s role as the language of international commerce is widely accepted. English-language newspaper, China Daily, wrote that one-third of the Chinese population (i.e. 400 million people) is currently involved in some level of English-language instruction. According to experts cited in the article, the number of English-speaking Chinese will soon outnumber the populations of all English-speaking countries worldwide.

PALS students celebrate the cherry blossoms at Rutgers

Pic: PALS students celebrate the cherry blossoms at Rutgers.

Cast in this light, it’s easy to see why so many Asian students are eager to master the English language before enrolling in university and going on to an international career. This is fueling demand for English programs that prepare students for the rigors of any academic pursuit in an English-language environment.

Choosing the right English language school  
This unprecedented international demand for English-language instruction has produced overwhelming supply. Around the world, institutes promise to prepare students for Academia with crash courses and test-preparation programs. However, not all programs have the experience or reputation that students insist upon.

ALI graduates, summer 2013

Pic: ALI graduates, summer 2013.

The majority of Asian students applying to international degree programs already have a background in English. What they require is an intensive, immersive program that provides strategies for comprehension, test-taking and note-taking coupled with the opportunity to adjust to the culture of the country in which they’ll be earning a degree. Universities across the West are aware of this, and they’ve responded with on-campus programs that emulate the university atmosphere without the sink-or-swim ultimatum that comes with full-time enrollment.

The best programs do more than provide simple English-language instruction. They follow-up with outings and activities that provide students with the opportunity to practice English in a casual, friendly environment. Many also provide advisory assistance with university selection and application. Others may serve as bridge programs, providing university credits that can be applied toward participating degree programs. For dedicated and industrious students, courses like this are an invaluable stepping stone to higher education.

Active learning at the Institute for ESL & American Studies

Pic: Active learning at the Institute for ESL & American Studies.

The following are among leading English-language schools for Asian students:

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND – MARYLAND ENGLISH INSTITUTE
The Maryland English Institute (MEI) has a proven track record in English language instruction and is a key player in helping students from Asia make the transition to American universities. Instruction goes beyond basic language development to equip students for the cultural experience of earning a degree in the US. Read the full profile here…

Students at the University of Maryland

Pic: Students at the University of Maryland.

HIGHBURY COLLEGE PORTSMOUTH – ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMS
Highbury College is one of the leading further education colleges in the UK, and it maintains some of the highest success rates among graduates. Located in the city of Portsmouth on England’s south coast, Highbury was awarded Association of Colleges (AoC) International Charter, placing it in an elite class of the UK’s top-performing colleges. Read the full profile here…

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY – PROGRAM IN AMERICAN LANGUAGE STUDIES
The Program in American Language Studies (PALS) is an innovative English language course hosted at Rutgers in Newark, New Jersey. The program helps international students gain the language skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive at an American university or workplace. Read the full profile here…

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY – INTENSIVE ENGLISH COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
Set on the beautiful University Park campus in the town of State College, Pennsylvania, Penn State is one of the largest universities in the US. Penn State is a global top-50 university according to several rankings, and is ranked eighth in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. Certification through the Intensive English Communication Program at Penn State carries the weight and credibility needed to launch high-profile academic pursuits in the US. Read the full profile here…

Penn State University campus

Pic: Penn State University campus.

COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY – INSTITUTE FOR ESL & AMERICAN STUDIES
The College of New Jersey’s (TCNJ) Institute for ESL & American Studies provides English-language instruction to international students bound for a US university. It combines comprehensive language instruction with background on American culture, ensuring that students are prepared with the academic skills, language proficiency and cultural understanding they need to excel at an American university. Read the full profile here…

SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY– AMERICAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE
The American Language Institute (ALI) at San Francisco University has been in operation since 1961. Its coursework emphasizes university preparation and hinges on the expertise of its teachers – all of whom have earned (or are earning) master’s degrees in teaching English to foreign speakers. Read the full profile here…

 

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Lamar University, College of Business http://asiancorrespondent.com/112943/lamar-university-college-of-business/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112943/lamar-university-college-of-business/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:36:57 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112943 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112943/lamar-university-college-of-business/feed/ 1 NC State, Poole College of Management http://asiancorrespondent.com/112946/nc-state-poole-college-of-management/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112946/nc-state-poole-college-of-management/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:33:24 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112946 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112946/nc-state-poole-college-of-management/feed/ 0 Inholland University of Applied Sciences http://asiancorrespondent.com/112944/inholland-university-of-applied-sciences/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112944/inholland-university-of-applied-sciences/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:31:39 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112944 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112944/inholland-university-of-applied-sciences/feed/ 1 Leading science programs for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/112317/leading-science-programs-for-asian-students-4/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112317/leading-science-programs-for-asian-students-4/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:53:42 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112317

The tides are changing in the global scientific community. According to a report filed by a US government agency, an important shift has taken place in global R&D investment. The US has been the uncontested powerhouse in science spending for some time now, but in the first decade of the 21st century, ten Asian nations collectively outspent the US. In fact, these ten countries accounted for roughly one-third of all R&D spending around the world.

York University science student

Pic: York University science student.

That’s only one way of framing the surge of scientific research in Asia. In another example, a joint study conducted by researchers in Australia and Vietnam found that the ASEAN scientific community published three times as many scientific papers between 2001 and 2010 as it did the decade before. This is a clear and present trend; and it shows no signs of stopping.

Asia’s already taking on leadership roles in the scientific community. Just this year, China’s National Natural Science Foundation set aside US$3.9 billion for scientific research; India unveiled the ‘Grand Challenges’ program, which aims to support breakthroughs in everything from child healthcare to agriculture; and the Sri Lankan government launched a new office to foster scientific innovation.

Roskilde University students

Pic: Roskilde University students.

The explosion of scientific interest across Asia is sending ripples off-continent as well. For example, the Chinese Academy of Sciences is currently setting up research centers outside of Asia in order to promote scientific cooperation with developing nations.

These are just a few of the highlights, but the message is clear. Asian students who earn high-caliber science credentials now have a bright and prosperous future ahead of them.

Study session at Inholland University

Pic: Study session at Inholland University.

Earning science credentials in the 21st-century
When it comes to finding reputable science programs, competition for access to leading universities within Asia is stiff – almost prohibitively so. To this end, many students look east to Australia, or west to Europe and North America.

Universities in all three of these regions are well-networked, attract highly esteemed academics and conduct a great deal of innovative research. And while, in Asia, the students are locked in cutthroat competition for admission to leading universities, there are different dynamics at play in the West. In this part of the world, the competition is between universities trying to attract the best and brightest students. And make no mistake: they’re keeping a close eye on the current developments in Asia.

Studying science at Glyndwr University

Pic: Studying science at Glyndwr University.

Universities across the West are working hard to establish ties with institutions in the East. They’re forging partnerships with Asian universities, establishing study-abroad partnerships and scouting for chances to collaborate on research. In some cases, they even offer steep discounts, grants and scholarships to international students with high marks. After all, the world judges a university by the caliber graduate it produces. For the moment, many of the strongest academic candidates are coming out of Asia – particularly in the sciences.

Universities in the West are eager to attract international students, and they’re rolling out strong incentives to that end. With that in mind, take a look at the following of leading science programs for Asian students:

ROSKILDE UNIVERSITY – DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE, SYSTEMS AND MODELS
Roskilde University’s International Study Programme in Natural Sciences offers unconventional degree programmes in Denmark. In fact, there are as many natural science programs at NSM as there are candidates to pursue them. Students literally get an education as unique as they are. Read the full profile here…

Roskilde University campus

Pic: Roskilde University campus.

YORK UNIVERSITY – FACULTY OF SCIENCE
Tucked into the heart of Canada’s most dynamic and cosmopolitan city, York University has its eyes to the future. A recent influx of investment has produced a spate of innovation along with a new school of engineering and life sciences building. For up and coming students of science, this is a university to watch. Read the full profile here…

On Campus at York University

Pic: On Campus at York University.

GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY – INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, MEDICAL SCIENCES AND SOCIETY
Ranked fourth in the UK for its intake of overseas students (according to the Daily Telegraph), Glyndwr University is a prime candidate for Asian students pursuing an internationally recognised science degree. This university emphasizes career-focused degrees by conducting practical research, investing in world-class facilities and employing instructors with strong professional backgrounds. Read the full profile here…

Students on Glyndwr University campus

Pic: Students on Glyndwr University campus.

INHOLLAND UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES 
Inholland University operates eight campuses across the Netherlands and specializes in applied sciences. It’s an ambitious institute with 32,000 students from more than 110 nations enrolled. The university offers roughly 90 bachelor’s degree programs covering everything from technology to economics. Read the full profile here…

Inholland University campus in Amsterdam

Pic: Inholland University campus in Amsterdam.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY – COLLEGE OF THE SCIENCES
CWU is a public university, but it defies stereotype of cavernous lecture halls and professors who can’t be bothered to learn student names. Classes are small, the student to faculty ratio is favorable and the scientific research conducted here is cutting-edge. Even undergraduate students help coauthor papers that the university publishes.

UNIVERSITY OF EAST ANGLIA – FACULTY OF SCIENCE
The Faculty of Science at UEA is comprised of six schools of study and two research centers. The school hosts a robust contingent of international students that represent more than 100 nations. Student satisfactions runs high, according to national surveys, and the research conducted here is world-leading.

 

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Inholland University http://asiancorrespondent.com/112315/inholland-university/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112315/inholland-university/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:13:20 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112315

Inholland University operates eight campuses across the Netherlands and specializes in applied sciences. It’s an ambitious institute with 32,000 students from more than 110 nations enrolled. The university offers roughly 90 bachelor’s degree programs covering everything from technology to economics.

This is an ideal destination for international students to earn their undergraduate credentials in applied sciences. With students spread across a network of campuses, they enjoy small classrooms and personalized instruction. At the same time, they also enjoy the benefits and world-class facilities that large universities can offer.

Learning environment at Inholland University

Learning environment at Inholland University

Practical training
Coursework and instructors at Inholland emphasize practical, hands-on training. Many of the teachers work on applied projects through the university, which means they have a strong grasp on the ways that theory and practice interact. The university also engages in occupation-related research so that it can deliver curriculum and solutions that are relevant to 21st-century society.

Inholland also maintains a comprehensive network of industry contacts and collaborates with other schools and universities both locally and internationally. All of these factors combine to create fantastic employment opportunities for graduates.

Science students at Inholland University

Pic: Science students at Inholland University.

Dozens of science-related bachelor’s degrees are available through Inholland. The following are two particular highlights:

Aeronautical Engineering
The Aeronautical Engineering department operates a bachelor’s degree program in tandem with Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). The aircraft and space industries are broad fields, and students in this program learn about engineering in general. This is backed by in-depth instruction on the processes involved with constructing aircraft and their components.

Students learn a great deal about the maintenance and manufacturing industries. Needless to say, aeronautical engineering is a complex field, and engineers have ample opportunity to harness their own creativity. The knowledge they acquire applies to everything from aircraft and wind turbine design to the generation of sustainable energy.

Amsterdam in the evening

Pic: Amsterdam in the evening.

Information Technology
Information Technology engineers are a unique addition to the pantheon of engineering disciplines. Rather than working with moving parts and complex physical systems, they concern themselves with the lifeblood of organizations: information. Inholland University’s bachelor’s degree program in Information Technology teaches students how to keep modern business in motion. In short, they keep that lifeblood pumping.

The IT program is structured along the same guidelines as an engineering course, covering mathematics, statistics, computer hardware, Internet programming, database management, software development, communication skills and several other subject areas. Students can also enrol in Cisco certification programs if they so choose. Year three of this four-year program includes a real-world work placement.

 

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Glyndwr University http://asiancorrespondent.com/112316/glyndwr-university/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112316/glyndwr-university/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:08:00 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112316 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112316/glyndwr-university/feed/ 2 Roskilde University http://asiancorrespondent.com/112314/roskilde-university/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112314/roskilde-university/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:04:15 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112314 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112314/roskilde-university/feed/ 1 York University http://asiancorrespondent.com/112313/york-university/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112313/york-university/#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:48:11 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112313 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112313/york-university/feed/ 3 Leading hospitality programs for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/112186/leading-hospitality-programs-for-asian-students-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112186/leading-hospitality-programs-for-asian-students-2/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:07:43 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112186

The global hospitality market has seen fantastic growth this year. Across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), hotel investment volumes rose by 38 percent in the first six months of 2013 (according to Jones Lang LaSalle). And that’s only half the story. Hotel investment in Asia is up 85% compared to the same period last year. The figures are particularly impressive in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.

Global markets are picking up momentum once again after years of stagnancy, and this is feeding the hospitality industry all over the world. Even in the US, where job recovery still lags, the travel industry is faring much better than others. Add the fact that the travel budget of the average person in Asia is expected to increase by 45 percent this year (reported by the Wall Street Journal), and it’s easy to make the case for a 21st-century career in hospitality.

Hospitality Programmes at IMI University Centre

Pic: Hospitality Programmes at IMI University Centre.

Today’s students and rising professionals are well aware of these trends. The World Travel & Tourism Council projects that travel and tourism will account for 10 percent of the global GDB by 2023. To that end, Asian students who enroll in higher-education hospitality programs will be ideally positioned to cash in what could well be Golden Age of international travel.

Gaining experience when it counts
Relevant experience is particularly important for hospitality students. In this industry, professionals who have worked in a range of positions and have plenty of hands-on experience are going to climb the corporate ladder faster. With that in mind, the best hospitality programs respond with ample opportunity for internships and practical training.

Better yet, many of the leading programs do more than train their students. They seek out paid positions that help to fund studies and offset the cost of living. And interns learn more than simple knife skills while they’re on the job. In many cases, job training placements are overseas and provide the chance to add a second or third language to their skill set.

Glion Institute of Higher Education

Pic: Glion Institute of Higher Education.

Finding the right hospitality program
At present, the most prestigious hospitality programs in the world are still in the West – and particularly in Europe. Switzerland, in particular, has some of the oldest and most prestigious hotel schools in the world. Australia is also attractive from an Asian perspective, as it offers a Western-style education from the heart of the Asia Pacific region.

As you compile a short-list of prospective hospitality institutes, remember that cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency are going to be essential to future employability. Seek out programs that emphasize the importance of these assets. And in addition to industry experience, access to key industry players is also important. Not all programs are equally networked, so it pays to do spend time exploring a particular institute’s industry links before applying.

The following list includes some of the leading international hospitality programs for Asian students:

IMI UNIVERSITY CENTRE – LUZERNE, SWITZERLAND
IMI University Centre is a private international management institute in Luzern, Switzerland. The centre offers spectacular opportunities for international students, with English language coursework and the chance to add French, German or Spanish to the syllabus. With a maximum of 220 students enrolled each year, classes are intimate and instruction is personalised. Read the full profile here…

LE CORDON BLEU – AUSTRALIA
Few culinary institutes can compete with Le Cordon Bleu’s reputation and international network. However, the institute’s Australia division is set apart. It operates campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and offers a comprehensive set of hospitality programs that encompass much more than the culinary arts.

Student at Le Cordon Bleu Australia

Pic: Student at Le Cordon Bleu Australia.

GLION INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION – SWITZERLAND
TNS Global Survey recently ranked Glion as one of the top-five hospitality schools in the world. That’s no small praise given the number of hotel schools in operation today. More than 85% of students already have job offers on the day that they graduate.

HOTELSCHOOL THE HAGUE – THE NETHERLANDS
Hotelschool caters to students with entrepreneurial aspirations and is a strong contender for international students. In fact, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) ranks it as one of the strongest hospitality institutes in the world. The school’s personalized approach to teaching favors coaching and mentoring to the typical university lecture.

Hotelschool the Hague

Pic: Hotelschool the Hague.

INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF MANAGEMENT – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
The International College of Management launched in the 1990s and has gone on to become one of Australia’s leading business schools. The school is associated with Cesar Ritz Colleges (headquartered in Switzerland), where students have the chance to study abroad for credit at ICM.

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IMI University Centre http://asiancorrespondent.com/112187/imi-university-centre-3/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/112187/imi-university-centre-3/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:50:44 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=112187 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/112187/imi-university-centre-3/feed/ 4 Leading foundation programs for Asian students http://asiancorrespondent.com/111687/leading-foundation-programs-for-asian-students-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/111687/leading-foundation-programs-for-asian-students-2/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:29:47 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=111687

Over the past few years, the UK has seen a significant increase in international enrolment to its higher education programs, and many of these new students hail from Asia. According to recent figures released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the number of students applying to UK universities in recent years from India and China has increased 19 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

However, international students with their sights set on a UK degree course have a few additional considerations to take into account. Academic entrance requirements are strict, and competition is fierce. On top of this, in order to qualify for university programs in the UK, most international students need to complete additional coursework.

Enthusiastic graduates of the Derby IFP

Enthusiastic international University of Derby undergraduates

To this end, leading UK universities offer foundation year programs. These serve as a bridge to full-time degree programs, equipping students with the academic skills and credentials they need to thrive at a modern university in the UK. In the process, students also sharpen their English language skills and develop stronger study habits.

Academic structure in the UK
One of the reasons that a foundation year is necessary for university-bound students in the UK has to do with the way the local academic path is structured. In many countries, students proceed to university after completing 12 years of primary and secondary education. In the UK, a 13th year of education follows, which most international students will not have completed. The 13th year of study is known as sixth form. During this year, university-bound students prepare for their A-level examinations, which are a requirement for university acceptance.

Durham Cathedral near Durham University

Durham Cathedral near Durham University

But for many international students, attending a foundation year is about more than a ticking off the boxes and completing the necessary coursework. Programs like this also give students a competitive edge when they launch into their full-time degree program. During a foundation year, students acclimate to academic culture in the UK. Upon starting their first year of university, they’re ready to hit the ground running.

Selecting the right foundation program
The sheer number of students interested in earning a degree in the UK has paved the way for a variety of foundation programs. Choosing the right program can be a daunting task. Some are hosted directly through a parent university – in which case graduates of the program will be specifically prepared to continue education at the university. These programs usually advertise guaranteed admittance to the parent university so long as certain performance benchmarks are met. Independent programs are also in operation. These may have strong ties to certain universities, as well.

University of Derby

The University of Derby

Bear in mind that most foundation programs do not offer a one-size-fits-all approach to university preparation. Specific courses are customized to a particular field of study. With that in mind, international students are advised to consider both the university where they would to earn their degree and the subject in which they would like to specialize.

With that in mind, the following are among the leading foundation year programs in the UK:

UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its university status in 1992, although teaching at the main Derby site actually dates back to 1851. Located in England’s East Midlands region, the University of Derby is a rising star in international higher education, with some of its undergraduate degree courses ranked in the top 10. Read the full profile here…

DURHAM UNIVERSITY, FOUNDATION CENTRE
Durham University is the third-oldest university in England. Strong rankings and an excellent international reputation for research make it a leading candidate for students from Asia. Courses offered through the university’s Foundation Centre take one year to complete and specifically prepare students to continue with a degree programme at Durham University. Read the full profile here…

CARDIFF UNIVERSITY, INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAMME
The International Foundation Programme at Cardiff University provides students from Asia with the support, skills and qualifications needed to gain acceptance into leading degree programs. Specialized support is provided in one of three study areas: Engineering, Business or Health and Life Sciences.

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION YEAR
The International Foundation Year (IFY) at the University of Leeds provides entry to level 1 of the university’s undergraduate degree programs. The IFY requires that students choose a specialization, such that this introductory year integrates seamlessly with their degree area. Programs are currently available in the Arts, Business, Engineering, Design and Science.

YORK COLLEGE
York College provides a comprehensive set of further education opportunities, including and International Foundation Programme (IFP), more than 40 A-level subjects and a variety of vocational programs. The IFP operates through a partnership with the University of York and offers specializations in Business, Social Sciences, Creative Media and Science.

 

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Durham University, Foundation Centre http://asiancorrespondent.com/111689/durham-university-foundation-centre-2/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/111689/durham-university-foundation-centre-2/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 11:14:36 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=111689

Durham University has a long tradition in higher education. It received its university charter in 1837 after several centuries without any new universities in England. This makes it the third-oldest university in the country. Strong rankings and an excellent international reputation for research make Durham University a leading candidate for students from Asia.

To that end, the university’s Foundation Centre prepares international students who need to take additional classes before applying to a degree programme in the UK. The standard course takes one year to complete and specifically prepares students to earn a degree from Durham University.

Durham Cathedral near Durham University

Pic: Durham Cathedral near Durham University.

The Sunday Times University Guide listed Durham University as a top-four UK university in 2013. Recently, the QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education University Rankings both listed Durham University as a global top-100 contender. Needless to say, a degree from Durham University is highly sought after, with several listed among the best in the UK according to national rankings.

Preparing for a degree course at Durham University
The Direct Progression Programme is offered through the Foundation Centre and essentially serves as Year 0 of a four-year degree programme at Durham University. It provides students with the skills knowledge that they need to proceed with a degree at the university. Coursework includes core modules in academic English, mathematics, critical thinking and study skills.

Over the course of one year, students will complete the equivalent of 12 modules. These are given during two overarching teaching blocks that span three terms. A standard teaching week involves 18 hours of class time, and students are expected to spend an additional 18 hours studying outside of class.

Student life
The Foundation Centre provides courses at Durham City as well as at Queen’s Campus in Stockton. Students enjoy the same support and lifestyle as full-time university students. They have the option to live in one of the campus colleges, which provides a supportive community and opportunity to develop academic skills, gain experiences and build a stronger network. Even those students who live off campus still belong to a college.

Furthermore, students at the Foundation Centre enjoy a full suite of supportive services. For example, each is paired with a college tutor who can assist them with specific issues on campus as well as financial considerations and career counselling services.

 

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University of Derby – International Foundation Programme http://asiancorrespondent.com/111250/university-of-derby-international-foundation-programme/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/111250/university-of-derby-international-foundation-programme/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:00:42 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=111250 ]]> http://asiancorrespondent.com/111250/university-of-derby-international-foundation-programme/feed/ 1 In pictures: The trek to Annapurna base camp in Nepal – Part 1 http://asiancorrespondent.com/111298/in-pictures-the-trek-to-annapurna-base-camp-in-nepal-part-1/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/111298/in-pictures-the-trek-to-annapurna-base-camp-in-nepal-part-1/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 04:15:06 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=111298

IF you like getting into thin air, the trek to reach the Annapurna base camp may well be the challenge you’re seeking. The popular hiking route, about a 10-day return trip from Pokhara in western Nepal, climbs to 4130m elevation, into the snow encased bowl of Annapurna base camp (ABC), where the trekker is rewarded with 360 degree views of snow peaks, many reaching over 8,000m.

These images in Part 1 showcase the journey from the trail head through to Deurali, through scenic villages such as Ghandruk and Chhomrong before the path turns more adventurous with avalanche chutes, snow, ice and glaciers to contend with.

Views from Ghandruk across cultivated terraces. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

A trekker stocking up on last supplies at a shop in Ghandruk. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The trek into the sanctuary begins just outside Pokhara taking in the lovely hillside villages such as Landruk or Ghandruk and Chhomrong. Ghandruk is possibly one of the most scenic of the villages, offering wonderful views over terraced fields towards snow capped mountains in the distance. It’s also one of the last places on the trek with fully stocked shops and services.

Prayer wheels near Ghandruk. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

A pot with flower offerings and burning incense lit in the mornings at tea houses along the way. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

A Lhandruk teahouse with a mule train grazing outside. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Lodging is provided in tea houses along the way. At the start of the trek these are well painted, well equipped and quite large and numerous. As the walk progresses up towards ABC they do become more basic given their isolation and a lot colder because of the altitude. However heating is provided and hot showers – all important for trekkers after a long day out in the elements.

A mule train makes its way up the path. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Chickens on a porter's back. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek has become increasingly popular as more people head to Nepal. This has meant a further demand on services such as guides, porters and mule trains that stock the route with anything from live chickens to gas cylinders.

The roads diverge. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

A group stretching in Chhomrong. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Once the track leaves Chhomrong, it also leaves behind some of the last permanently settled villages and village life. People here keep teahouses and shops, they also tend to their animals and utilise the steep and often dramatically landscaped hills for growing crops.

Village life beyond Chhomrong. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Terraced hillsides near Chhomrong. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Man at a window in Chhomrong. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Once the track leaves Chhomrong the path narrows as it begins to enter the pass between Hiunchuli and Macchapucchare well above. The scenery also becomes more wild and dramatic.

A misty view of Macchapucchare (the fish tail) mountain. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Porter with a heavy load. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Guides are not particularly necessary on this trek, as there is only one route to follow, but can be useful getting your accommodation, helping you on slippery sections and organising meals on the way (see this post about whether you should get a guide).

One of many streams to cross - these can be treacherous in snowy, icy conditions. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

Rhododendrons in the mist. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The path, simply hundreds of stairs, beyond Chhomrong. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

The actual distance walked each day is completely up to the trekker, but it is advised they don’t make too much altitude gain in one day. The path beyond Deurali is also notorious for avalanches particularly once the sun has risen and has begun to melt snow on the slopes above the path. However, this simply makes for a leisurely day and a chance to acclimatize but just make sure you bring a book for the long hours after you stop walking each day.

Deurali nestled in the mountains. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

You can find Part 2 of this article here

All images by Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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Bhutan opposition wins national elections http://asiancorrespondent.com/110608/bhutan-holds-national-elections/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/110608/bhutan-holds-national-elections/#comments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 21:30:08 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=110608

By Sonam Ongmo

On Saturday the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan went to the polls and delivered a surprise outcome.  In what was an upset to the dominant and strong ruling party, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT), the People’s Democratic Party, which previously held a mere two seats, secured 32 seats leaving the DPT with only 15.

This is the nation’s second democratic election. The first one was held five years ago in 2008.  During that time the DPT secured a landslide victory.

Bhutan is probably the first kingdom in the world in which democracy was handed to its people.  The peaceful transition from a 100 year rule of monarchs to parliamentary democracy was made possible when the Fourth King, His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, voluntarily stepped down to put his son, then only in his 20s onto the throne and hand power to the people.

A Bhutanese polling official puts the indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter before she proceeds to cast her vote for the nation's second parliamentary election at Rikhey, Bhutan, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The remote nation of 700,000 had its first election in 2008 after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy's role in running the country. A total of 67 candidates were competing Tuesday for the 20 elected seats in the 25-member upper house. The five remaining seats are filled by royal appointment. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

The first elections took place peacefully with several international agencies observing the outcome.

While the second elections went smoothly the days preceding were rocked by accusations that India may have been interfering in determining the results of the elections of this small landlocked and geographically fragile country.  Several newspaper articles, timed just before the elections, complained of Bhutan’s growing relations with China.  The growing relations for India were a handshake and side meeting that the ex Prime Minister of Bhutan held with Premier Wen Jiabao at the Rio Summit and a small purchase of 15 Chinese buses for the country’s public transportation system.

Following the articles, India revoked several subsidies namely on household cooking gas, fuel, kerosene and excise duty refunds.

This reaction, however, might have been fueled partially by the Bhutanese themselves, some who have been unhappy with the old government’s performance.  The criticisms were not just confined to Indo-Bhutan relations, but also to corruption, nepotism and control of press freedom.  Accusations were rife with each party blaming the other for playing the Indians.

All this and the nature of the Indian articles, alarmingly titled “Bhutan’s road to democracy leads to China” by the Times of India, bringing up last year’s issue a week before Bhutan’s election, not only had the Bhutanese upset, but also had Indian experts on Indo-Bhutan relations questioning it.

“If this happened without planning, we need to look at our handling of foreign policy,” former ambassador to Bhutan, Pavan Verma, said to the Times of India. “But if this was planned, this was certainly not the time to do it. Bhutan is a special neighbour and in the middle of elections. This should have been a result of high level consultations,” he told them.

Did India’s ill-timed decision really influence voters?  Whether it did or didn’t we certainly know that it has exposed the vulnerability of the Bhutanese to a foreign influence over their elections.

But with roles reversed now, the Bhutanese think this is an opportunity for a fresh start to build upon and strengthen Bhutan’s fledgling five-year democracy.  And this came with the blessings of the outgoing Prime Minister who graciously accepted the outcome with this message on Facebook: “ DPT offers its heartfelt Tashi Delek to the President and the People’s Democratic Party for having won the mandate of the people to form the second democratically elected government.  We look forward to working with them in parliament.”

Bhutan who has recently gained much attention in the international arena for its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness has set yet another example of how it is implemented.

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Finding fun, sun and serenity in Asia this summer http://asiancorrespondent.com/110544/finding-fun-sun-and-serenity-in-asia-this-summer/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/110544/finding-fun-sun-and-serenity-in-asia-this-summer/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:14:54 +0000 http://asiancorrespondent.com/?p=110544

We’re edging toward the midpoint of summer, and as is too often the case, those precious months are flying by. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation and joy, though the older you get, the more caught up you become in work obligations and social commitments, meaning those chances for soaking up the sun stress-free are likely to pass by.

Make the most of the remaining weeks of summer by booking some time in one of these great getaway locations in Asia, where you can look forward to plenty of sun and serenity, or at least get out of the grind by seeing something amazing.

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Jeju Island, South Korea

Beautiful Jeju Island, off the southern coast of South Korea, is a popular destination for Korean lovebirds and foreigners alike. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get some perspective and peace while you’re there. A must-see even for the less athletic tourist is Halla-san, a volcanic crater that is the country’s highest peak. This stunning site is a major draw here, as are the lovely beaches that stand in contrast to the tropical landscapes of those in Southeast Asia. If you’re in the mood, you can visit the erotic sculptures of Loveland Park or just walk around taking in the natural loveliness of a place that has been compared to the Hawaiian islands.

Guilin and Yangshuo, China

China might seem an odd place to seek out a little serenity, given its massive population and reputation for heavy pollution, but Guilin will make you fall in love with The Middle Kingdom. With caves, rivers and mountains, the sheer beauty of this place will take your breath away. And that’s before you’ve even made it to Yangshuo, where you can take a boat cruise down the Li River and marvel at the spire-like karst peaks that are depicted in many Chinese paintings and on the currency.

Pai, Thailand. Pic: Casey Hynes.

Pai, Thailand

There’s no better place to commune with nature and get your relaxation on than this small town in northern Thailand. Swim in waterfall pools, tube down a river, hang out in a hot spring or lay in a hammock all day listening to fellow travelers sing and strum guitars. Popular among tourists though it is, Pai always delivers on the comfort and serenity front, and you can also take yoga and meditation courses nearby.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

You can never go wrong with a retreat at the beach, and Nha Trang offers all the sun and peace of a seaside getaway, along with opportunities for great diving and boat trips to nearby islands. If you’re feeling touristy, you can explore the cultural sites and centers of the town, or just treat yourself to some tasty seafood and a cold beer and call it a day.

Bali, Indonesia

If you’re looking for a serious retreat experience to pause and take stock of your summer, look no further than Bali, where there are a variety of resorts and organizations offering retreat packages to suit what you’re looking for. Even if you just want to go it alone and create your own retreat experience from the world, you’ll find plenty to awaken your sense of wonder and peace as you wander the rice fields and gaze upon the unique and stunning temples of Bali.

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Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) http://asiancorrespondent.com/37271/ecole-hoteliere-de-lausanne-ehl/ http://asiancorrespondent.com/37271/ecole-hoteliere-de-lausanne-ehl/#comments Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:52:11 +0000 http://us.asiancorrespondent.com/37271/ecole-hoteliere-de-lausanne-ehl/

As the world’s first hotel school, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) commands immense respect among hospitality professionals. Today, some 2,000 passionate students from almost 90 countries benefit from its world-class Faculty and ultra-modern campus facilities. Graduates of EHL go on to enjoy top international careers in the hospitality industry.

Programs
The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne balances academic teaching with professional experience, applied research and consulting. This results in learning that is at once applied and hospitality-focused, and academically grounded. Furthermore, the substantial practical experience which features in all programs is an invaluable boost for career development.

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The following programs are offered:

The four year Bachelor degree is accessible to students who have, or who are about to complete, their final secondary school diploma which leads to university admission. This renowned program will interest candidates aiming for senior management positions and an international business career in hospitality.

The program is focused on personal development, and mirrors a progression in hotel hierarchy. Students start with a solid grounding in hospitality service fundamentals, followed by courses on managerial competencies, and continue on to specializations and advanced management skills.

In the final year, students consolidate everything they have learned through an external consulting mandate or an individual applied research project. They also take part in two internships, one in operations and one in management, which will provide the hands-on experience needed for a flying start in their career.

The program has two yearly intakes, one in September and one in February.

Preparatory year: Immersion in the world of hospitality. Internship in Operations.

Year 1: Foundation and core competencies.

Year 2: Application, then industry internship at management level.

Year 3: Integration of all skills, knowledge and experience acquired. Strategic management, optional courses and diploma project.

Diploma Project – Year 3: Students complete year 3 with a final project, either a Student Business Project, or an Individual Applied Research Project.

 

Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston and the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are joining forces to offer an exceptional Master’s program in Global Hospitality Management. This is a first-of-its-kind, industry-centric program which allows students to study, live and work in 3 continents.

It aims to shape international hospitality managers with a global awareness derived from first-hand local business knowledge. The 3-semester experience will enable high potential students to become industry leaders who can “think globally and act locally”.

The program consists of 3 semesters of advanced-level classes on 3 campuses in addition to projects and professional seminars, punctuated with business and cultural immersion weeks.

 

This 12 month program builds on previous experience to empower students with a unique combination of marketable skills for the hospitality sector. It is ideal for “career climbers” wishing to move up the ladder in their present hospitality career, and also “career switchers” who currently work in a different industry and are interested in switching into hospitality as a completely new area of professional activity.

Semester I:      Financial Management for the hospitality industry
Semester II:      Strategic Management for the hospitality industry
Also :             The Career Capstone Project

 

Campus Life
The EHL campus is also an active hotel, equipped with popular restaurants and bars that serve as a training ground as well as place to unwind in the evening. Beyond this, the city has a booming nightlife, with many bars and live-music venues in reach of the main campus.  Lausanne also serves as headquarters for the International Olympic Committee, and students enjoy access to world-class sporting facilities.

Faculty & Staff
The faculty members at EHL hail from 31 different countries and they have formidable professional experience in everything from culinary arts to marketing and finance. The list includes esteemed scholars and former executives from the hospitality industry.

Faculty members also ensure constant interaction with industry. In addition to research, many teach in EHL’s executive education courses and carry out consulting mandates in countries all over the world. They are constantly in touch with the issues and daily challenges encountered by professionals in the field.

They participate in campus events and international conferences as speakers and panel members. Information on the latest industry trends is incorporated into their teaching and channeled back to students.

Life after Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
A recent industry survey found that graduates of EHL are consistently among the first chosen by leading recruiters in the tourism and hospitality industry. The possibilities for graduates are endless. In addition to positions in the hotel, resort and restaurant industries, graduates also find interesting hospitality career options in related fields such as consulting, marketing, spa & wellness, sport & travel, event management or human resources. More and more businesses are searching for hospitality expertise in areas such as real estate investment, asset and financial management, consulting, web-based commerce, education or humanitarian organizations.

 

To find out more about studying at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, please click here

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