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  • Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

    Tense relations between the US and Russia have led to the cancellation of the largest US-Russain educational exchange programme after a teenage Russian boy sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home as a homosexual. For 21 years the FLEX programme has funded more than 23,000 high school students from former Soviet Union countries to study in the US.

  • IDP survey: Australia good for graduate opportunity

    International students still perceive the USA and the UK as top destinations for a quality education, however, according to the latest IDP Buyer Behaviour research, Australia is considered among the best study destinations for graduate employment opportunities and Canada and New Zealand are seen as affordable and safe.

  • UK HE agent management needs reform, lacks transparency

    A British Council-backed survey of university processes for managing education agent relationships has revealed insufficient safeguarding and training built into the relationship, and the report’s authors warn that improved self-regulation is essential to avoid government intervention.

  • New tactics needed to tap African demand, experts say

    Africa is a market hungry for quality education but many destination countries have been slow to react to demand. Leveraging equal partnerships in country and catering for a local, not regional, student group is a good way to go, delegates learned this week.

  • Italy plans to extend PON scholarships nationwide

    The government is planning to extend its European high school study abroad scholarship programme, PON, to all of Italy’s 20 regions, as new research shows that the number of high school students studying abroad has increased by 55% in three years. Industry stakeholders have cautiously welcomed the news, but hope that implementation will be “less complicated” than in previous years.

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UK ELT sector mourns loss of Elizabeth Johnson

UK ELT sector mourns loss of Elizabeth Johnson

The UK ELT sector is saddened by the loss of Elizabeth Johnson, founder of English language course provider EJO (the Elizabeth Johnson Organisation) who died aged 92 while on a short trip to Vienna. She was also co-founder of FELCO and served as vice-president for FIYTO.

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