The days leading up to your first day of college are a delight…especially the day you get your college email address. For some in China, this privilege came early, while others have had to wait, as several enterprising individuals have started selling fake “.edu” email accounts from many Ivy League colleges:  MIT, Duke, Stanford, among others, on China’s largest online market place.

As you might guess, these fake email accounts may aid “phishing scams.” I’m hoping no one falls prey to any well-executed scams; especially since Hong Kong is the top source of foreign philanthropy to US colleges.

In case you were wondering where Mainland China stands in annual giving, it provides about 3.5% of total overseas gifts to higher education institutions.

Toronto and Vancouver continue to benefit from their reputations of safety and cleanliness among Chinese families. Seventy-one percent of the international students who enrolled in Vancouver public high schools last year were from Mainland China. In the US, smaller towns with state universities are the ones profiting from the rising numbers of international students.

I’m sure continued coverage of stories like the H-1B visa program, which prevents many Chinese students from finding jobs in the US after graduation, is also a factor in Canada’s growing number of Chinese applicants.

It’s thrilling to see several US colleges allowing applicants to submit videos with their applications.While I don’t think videos should completely replace (verifiable) high school transcripts, I’m obviously a huge supporter of the idea that “a video can measure creativity, initiative and practical skills in ways that typical standardized assessments cannot.”

In Gaokao news, Chinese universities in Shanghai and Zhejiang province are piloting new changes to the college entrance exam. “Both the city and the province said the annual gaokao will no longer be the only criterion for college admission and that students will not be forced to choose a preference in majors from either liberal arts or sciences.”

Author Malcolm Gladwell famously discovered how birth dates in Canada correlated with youth hockey players making it to the NHL. In China, we’re seeing something very similar with education. Guangdong hospitals were slammed with pregnant mothers who wanted to give birth before the September 1st cut-off date, which determines when six-year-olds may matriculate into mainland primary schools.

That’s a wrap on September!



(Links in order of appearance)

For $390 You Can Illegally Buy An Elite University Email Account On China’s Biggest Online Marketplace
Hong Kong Is Top Foreign Source Of Big U.S. College Gifts
More Chinese Students Go To Canada For High School
Small U.S. Cities Prove To Be A Big Draw For Foreign Students
Job Hunting More Difficult For Chinese Students In U.S.
Colleges Make It Easier For Students To Show, Not Tell, In Their Applications
Shanghai, Zhejiang To Pilot Gaokao Reforms
Pregnant Women Wanting C-Sections Fill Wards To Beat School Enrollment Deadline

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