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Education UK Exhibition 2010 is This Weekend!

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October 26, 2010 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

Free Health Care

As you may already aware, getting sick in the UK can burn a hole in one`s pocket if you do not have proper travel insurance to cover the medical costs.

GOOD NEWS! All students with a visa which lasts for six months or more will be entitled to have free treatment from the NHS. What you need to do is to quickly register with a doctor or GP once you’re in the UK. Please visit http://www.nhs.uk/ to search the nearest GP available near your area.

Note: NHS is providing free treatment to the students but we still need to pay for prescription/medicines charges which is £7.20.

July 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm 1 comment

The world’s top 100 universities – 2009

2009 Rank 2008 Rank School Name Country
SOURCE: THES, QS
1 1 HARVARD University United States
2 3 University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
3 2 YALE University United States
4 7 UCL (University College London) United Kingdom
5 6 IMPERIAL College London United Kingdom
5 4 University of OXFORD United Kingdom
7 8 University of CHICAGO United States
8 12 PRINCETON University United States
9 9 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (MIT) United States
10 5 CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States
11 10 COLUMBIA University United States
12 11 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
13 13 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
14 13 DUKE University United States
15 15 CORNELL University United States
16 17 STANFORD University United States
17 16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
18 20 MCGILL University Canada
19 18 University of MICHIGAN United States
20 24 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
20 23 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
22 19 University of TOKYO Japan
23 22 KING’S College London United Kingdom
24 26 University of HONGKONG Hong Kong
25 25 KYOTO University Japan
26 29 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
27 21 CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
28 28 École normale supérieure, PARIS France
29 41 University of TORONTO Canada
30 30 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
31 27 BROWN University United States
32 33 NORTHWESTERN University United States
32 30 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (UCLA) United States
34 32 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
35 39 HONG KONG University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
36 34 ÉCOLE POLYTECHNIQUE France
36 38 University of MELBOURNE Australia
36 37 University of SYDNEY Australia
39 36 University of California, BERKELEY United States
40 34 University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
41 43 University of QUEENSLAND Australia
42 50 École Polytechnique Fédérale de LAUSANNE Switzerland
43 44 OSAKA University Japan
43 49 TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
45 47 MONASH University Australia
46 42 The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
47 50 SEOUL National University Korea, South
47 45 University of NEWSOUTH WALES Australia
49 56 TSINGHUA University China
49 53 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
51 48 University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
52 40 NEW YORK University(NYU) United States
52 50 PEKING University China
54 46 BOSTON University United States
55 78 Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) Germany
55 61 TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
57 57 HEIDELBERG University Germany
58 69 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
59 74 University of ALBERTA Canada
60 64 LEIDEN University Netherlands
61 65 The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
61 55 University of WISCONSIN-Madison United States
63 81 AARHUS University Denmark
63 71 University of ILLINOIS, Chicago (UIC) United States
65 72 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium
66 75 University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
67 66 LONDON School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
67 88 LUND University Sweden
69 95 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science Korea, South
70 81 University of YORK United Kingdom
70 67 UTRECHT University Netherlands
72 68 University of GENEVA Switzerland
73 77 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
73 60 WASHINGTON University in St. Louis United States
75 63 UPPSALA University Sweden
76 58 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
76 70 University of TEXAS at Austin United States
78 102 University of NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill United States
79 73 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
80 59 University of WASHINGTON United States
81 106 University of ADELAIDE Australia
82 76 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
83 78 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
84 83 University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
85 54 DARTMOUTH College United States
86 83 GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
87 99 PURDUE University United States
87 83 University of STANDREWS United Kingdom
89 108 University College DUBLIN Ireland
90 62 EMORY University United States
91 86 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
92 120 NAGOYA University Japan
92 106 University of ZURICH Switzerland
94 137 Freie Universität BERLIN Germany
95 124 National TAIWAN University Taiwan
95 99 University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
97 112 TOHOKU University Japan
98 93 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany
99 104 University of LEEDS United Kingdom
100 78 RICE University United States

July 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

UK Government Announces First Quotas for Non-EEA Migrants

Another SAD news to Malaysian who have intention to ‘migrate’ to the UK.

March 2010, the new UK government has retained the Conservative idea by introducing a ‘cap’ or quota to limit the number of non-EU to work in the UK.

The following is an extract from the agreed Programme for Government on the subject of immigration;

“The Government believes that immigration has enriched our culture and strengthened our economy, but that it must be controlled so that people have confidence in the system. We also recognise that to ensure cohesion and protect our public services, we need to introduce a cap on immigration and reduce the number of non EU immigrants.”

On the 28th June, the UK Government announces the first ‘quota’ for non-EU immigrants. New Tier 1 Highly Skilled visa will be capped to 5400 and Tier 2 Work Permit will be capped to 18,700.

For more information, please read the following article published in UK Border Agency website effective from 19 July 2010:

The following summary extracted from Davenport Lyons website (Accessed: 30 June 2010)

If you are a non-EEA migrant looking to come to the UK to work, or a business looking to bring in a skilled worker, the new visa quotas announced today by the UK Government are important news.

From 19 July 2010:

  • New Tier 1 (General) visas granted outside the UK for the most highly skilled individuals will be capped at 5,400;
  • New Tier 2 (General) visas granted outside the UK for skilled individuals who are sponsored by a licensed UK employer will be capped at 18,700.

These caps will be in place until April 2011 when the quota scheme will be officially launched.  These interim caps are designed to prevent a flood of applications over the coming months.

Businesses or employees preparing applications now should act fast to ensure that they do not fall foul of the new quotas, which are based on the number of applications made over the same period last year (or in respect of Tier 2, last year’s numbers minus 5%) and which are part of the UK Government’s avowed aim to reduce overall net migration.

Tier 1 routes for investors, entrepreneurs and recent graduates are excluded from the quota, as are Tier 2 intra-company transfers, ministers of religion and elite sportspeople.  Applications made by migrants already in the UK (other than visiting) are also excluded.  With new quotas comes a tightening of the Tier 1 points test, with 80 points required for a pass, rather than 75.

Word of Advice: If you have intention to apply for  Tier 1 or Tier 2, I seriously think if you’re qualified; you need to submit your application asap to avoid any further changes to the policy in April 2011.

What are your thoughts on this new ruling?

June 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Is UK tap water safe to drink?

Simple answer is ‘YES’.

Many people just can’t really tell the difference between chilled tap water and chilled  bottled water.  The DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) recommends us to drink water from the cold tap and not the hot tap. Sometime tap water can appear cloudy. Don’t worry, it’s simply access air which will disappears in few seconds or minutes.

But, why do people buy so much bottled water? Fashion?

June 28, 2010 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment

University guide 2011: University league table

Many students are dreaming to enrol themselves into one of the good school in the UK. Unfortunately, I heard many actually been cheated by the local agency back in Malaysia and end-up in a unfamous college or uni. So, I’m thinking to post this article for those who are preparing their education to the UK.

The following link illustrate the top 100 Universities in the UK and they’re ranked by the Guardian according to teaching excellence. Should you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a message.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/table/2010/jun/04/university-league-table

June 20, 2010 at 8:31 am Leave a comment

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