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India is world's second largest country to send students abroad: Maria Mathai
Spring Daleans gain fresh insights into advances in admission criteria in foreign universities
India is the world's second largest country to send students abroad for higher education, subsequent only to China, which bags the first place considering the large number of students it sendsabroad annually.
Meanwhile, Canada continues to be a favourite study destination among students aspiring tostudy abroad.
Ms Maria Mathai, Advisor to the President, University of Alberta, and former Director, Canadian Education Centre (CEC), India, stated this while addressing students in an interactive session held at Spring Dale Senior School.
Substantiating her statement with figures, Ms Mathai said that while China had sent 7.5 lakh students abroadlast year, India's tally stood at 3.5 lakhs with possibilities of further increase in the years to come.
She added that in view of the overwhelming response of the Indian and Chinese students, the universities abroad were upgrading their admission criteria, giving preference to video CVs and electronic interviews.
"Last year 40,000 aspirants submitted video interviews for admission to various foreign universities.
Besides the regular application forms, the universities are also giving preference to video CVs and interviews," Ms Mathai said.
She maintained that not only did the video CVs and interviews grant import to the students' applications for admission to various universities abroad, but also enhanced the prospects of the promising ones of being noticed and selected.
Ms Mathai further said that considering factors such as affordability and acclimatization, Canada was a betterstudy destination for students as compared to US and Australia, where higher education comes at a high price, which beyond the reach of an average Indian.
"Besides this, teaching facilities are much better in Canada as compared to US and Australia," she said.
The session with Ms Mathai granted them valuable insights into the same," they said.
Maria MathaiDirector, M.M. Advisory ServicesMaria Mathai has over 19 years of experience in the Indian education sector, with over 9 years as a specialist in International Education.Prior to founding M.M Advisory Services in 2010, Maria was Director of the Canadian Education Centre in India, a Government of Canada supported organization to promote Canada as an education destination.She has been responsible for design and implementation of several pioneering initiatives in the international education relations between Canada and India.
At CEC India, Maria produced the first detailed report on the Indian international education market for British Columbia's Ministry of Advanced Education and Labor Market Development.
She works with provincial governments, universities and colleges in Canada to help them establish and deepen their engagement in the Indian market.
She is also Advisor to the President, University of Alberta for the Indian market.Maria publishes a newsletter, The Inside India Report, that tracks key trends and developments in the international education sector in India.
His TV work includes Maria, about union organizing in the textile industry.
He has written biography and history, as well as three novels, one of which, A Man of Little Faith, won the Books in Canada best first novel prize.
He received the Toronto Arts Award in writing and publishing in 1991 and the National Newspaper Award for best columnist in 1993 . He held the Maclean Hunter chair in ethics in communication at Ryerson University from 1993 to 1995 and has taught in the Canadian Studies program of University College, the University of Toronto, since 1978 . He has written columns for Canadian Business, Toronto Life, TV Times, and This Magazine.He was Globe and Mail media columnist from 1991 to 1999 and op-ed columnist till 2010.He has written a weekly oped column for the Toronto Star since early 2011.
Maria MathaiMs Maria Mathai, has over 19 years of experience in the Indian education sector and of that last 9 years has been in International education focused on India-Canada educational promotion.Prior to her current position as Director, M.M Advisory Services, Maria served as the Director of the Canadian Education Centre in India an organization set up with support from Government of Canada to promote Canada as an education destination.As Director of M.M Advisory Services, Maria is regularly invited as a speaker at several education Seminars/ roundtables in India and Canada.
Most recently she conducted a session on Indian International Education at the CBIE Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada.
She actively contributes to India- Canada educational partnerships through building better awareness of India among Provinces in Canada.
She is also an Advisor to the President, University of Alberta in Indian international education sector.She has her own blog that provides insights into the International Education industry in India and tracks key trends in the international education sector.
During her tenure as Director, Canadian Education Centre in India from 2005 to 2009, Maria produced the first detailed report on the Indian international education market with a focus on secondary schools titled "India Education Market Report - Current Status & Opportunities".
The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, British Columbia.
Maria was instrumental in setting up education outsourcing model for Centennial College to provide services to Indian students, which led to increased student registrations and is now an independent office of Centennial College in India.
She was also the official Administrator for the Ontario - Maharashtra Goa scholarship program run by the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities, Ontario till December 2009.Maria started her career in the education sector as teacher at Naval Public School, New Delhi and obtained her Bachelor and Masters Degrees at University of Delhi.
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