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  • India drives 7% increase in US graduate applications

    Numbers of applications to US graduate schools have increased by 7% despite a 1% drop from the US’s largest international graduate student source country, China. The gain has instead been lead by double digit growth from Indian students for the second year in a row according to data from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).

  • Visa issuance suspended at four colleges in Ireland

    The issuing of visas and residence permissions to international students seeking to enrol at four English language colleges in Ireland has been suspended, following an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times that resulted in claims that some schools are willing to alter official records, allowing students to flout visa regulations.

  • UAE’s DIAC targets China in recruitment drive

    Dubai International Academic City has rolled out recruitment campaigns for the first time in China in its push to develop the international branch campus hub as a top higher education study destination. With a booming job market bolstered by the 2020 World Expo the directors of DIAC are bullish that enrolments will grow.

  • UK consortia win £850m college contracts in Saudi Arabia

    Four UK education consortia have won contracts to run 12 technical and vocational training colleges in Saudi Arabia as part of the government’s Colleges of Excellence programme. The deals will take the total contribution of the programme’s contracts to the UK economy to over £1 billion.

  • Only 15% of Spanish, Portuguese speakers study overseas

    A huge study of 22,000 university students and professors carried out by Universia, the largest global network of Spanish and Portuguese speaking universities, has revealed that only 15% of students in Spain, Portugal and Latin America have studied in a foreign country.

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Melbourne, Tsinghua to open virtual ‘C-Campus’

Melbourne, Tsinghua to open virtual 'C-Campus'

The University of Melbourne and Tsinghua University have partnered to develop a cloud-based 'virtual campus' that will enable joint course delivery and research collaboration. This is the latest agreement in a longstanding relationship between the two universities.

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Irish PM honours international students

Irish PM honours international students

Ireland's prime minister Enda Kenny last week honoured international students participating in the government's Student Ambassador programme which aims to use promote Ireland as a study destination to priority markets and recipients of the Government of Ireland Scholarships.

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English Australia offers MOOEC teacher training

English Australia offers MOOEC teacher training

Australia's peak body for English language colleges, English Australia, has created a series of professional development courses focussed on online learning in collaboration with International Education Services in a bid to increase the number of Massive Open Online English Courses (MOOEC) offered by its members.

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Malta: student numbers down, student weeks up

Malta: student numbers down, student weeks up

Latest stats from Malta reveal a slowdown in enrolments although a rise in student weeks helped buoy the English language teaching market overall in 2013. Italy, Russia and Germany led the Western European underpinning of the sector, while the impotance of the ELT market within overall tourism was also highlighted.

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