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  • FCO report calls for more transparency in British Council

    In the most detailed appraisal of the British Council since the 1970s, the FCO has published a report on the British Council calling for more transparency, accountability and clarity of purpose. The review found damaging perceptions among stakeholders that the organisation is motivated by income generation.

  • Austrade assesses market advantage in Japan

    Japanese education agents believe Australia’s popularity as a study destination will continue to rise but Australian institutions need to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive market, according to report by Austrade issued this week. The report recognises key selling points and the resurgence of agency activity.

  • UK will drop accepted visa refusal threshold to 10%

    Universities and colleges in the UK may lose their ability to recruit international students if more than 10% of the international students they recruit are refused visas, the Home Office has announced, as it continues its crackdown on immigration and visa abuse. A discretionary approach will be applied to those schools enrolling 50 or fewer students.

  • Russia gives top universities $300m for global rankings boost

    The Russian Department of Education has assigned nearly 10.15 billion rubles in grants to 14 of its top-performing universities through the ’5/100′ initiative that aims to see five of the country’s universities enter the top 100 globally ranked higher education institutions by 2020.

  • Rise of international schools generating US$36bn in fees

    The international schools market is booming and in 2013-2014 the number of students enrolled in this market sector increased by 8.4% to 3.6 million. Top local student nationalities studying at the premium leading international schools are Thai, Kuwaiti, Mexican, Emirati and Spanish.

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Indian scholars will help rebuild Christchurch, NZ

Indian scholars will help rebuild Christchurch, NZ

New Zealand’s government has awarded NZ$150,000 in scholarships to some of India’s top Indian students in partnership with Christchurch Educated and the Canterbury Development Corporation, in an effort to build ties with India and plug a skills shortage to help with the rebuilding of the city.

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UK sector responds to 10% rule – T4 latest

UK sector responds to 10% rule – T4 latest

International educators have expressed concern that new visa threshold of 10% could disproportionately impact small colleges and that institutions might end up paying the price for refusals that are mistakes or subjective decisions made by the immigration authorities.

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CEG receives Queen’s Award for business success

CEG receives Queen's Award for business success

UK major player, Cambridge Education Group, was presented with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of its substantial growth in overseas international trade over the last six years. The Award is the UK’s highest accolade for business success.

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How do universities establish an on-the-ground presence overseas?

How do universities establish an on-the-ground presence overseas?

Trade bodies, education consortiums and private companies can all help education institutions keen on establishing an on-the-ground presence overseas, especially in international education hotspots such as China, Brazil and India. Amy Baker finds out how services are flourishing for managing market entry.

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