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  • NACAC publishes guide on how to work with agents

    US association NACAC has published a guide on working with education agencies for its 14,000 members, designed to ensure they understand the principles of accountability, transparency and integrity that the association says must be used if pursuing a commission-based international recruitment policy. A guide for parents is also planned.

  • UK: Onshore international applications twice as successful

    Onshore international students in the UK applying to study at UK higher education institutions are twice as likely to be accepted as those applying from overseas, new research from British consultancy, The Knowledge Partnership (TKP), has revealed.

  • STEM research drives top achievers in latest QS World Uni Ranking

    The 10th QS World University Rankings has been published with a familiar UK and US dominance. Science and technology research is driving the elite institutions such as MIT in the USA, University of Cambridge and Imperial College London as research citations are up for all best-ranked institutions.

  • Mobile to propel boom in digital English language learning revenues

    Revenues generated by digital English language learning products are set to explode. Research from US-based Ambient Insight predicts a compound annual growth rate of 11.1% for global sales over the next five years increasing revenue from US$1.3bn to US$3.8bn led by mobile learning products.

  • Cyprus weighs tighter regulations to crack down on illegal workers

    Cyprus is considering limiting the period of time international students can stay and study to just seven years and imposing stricter academic requirements for university entrance, amid reports that students are leaving their studies to work illegally or being forced into exploited labour.

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Two foreign campuses open in Songdo, S Korea

Two foreign campuses open in Songdo, S Korea

Two foreign universities opened up campuses in South Korea’s Incheon free economic zone (IFEZ) this month. The opening of Belgium's Ghent University and the US’s University of Utah will bring the country’s total number of foreign higher education institutions to four. More universities are reported to be in talks about opening up a campus in Incheon too.

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Shorelight announces MA-to-UK community college award

Shorelight announces MA-to-UK community college award

As part of a Massachusetts trade mission to the UK, Shorelight Education has announced that it will fund two US community college students to attend the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bath Spa University. The Shorelight Scholars will receive two years of entrepreneurial business education.

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Hotcourses launches Ultimate Search system

Hotcourses launches Ultimate Search system

The result of nine months' design work, ‘Ultimate Search’ is a new course search tool from Hotcourses, which matches students to courses in 10 study destinations by taking into account their current or predicted academic qualifications, budget and level of English proficiency. The company claims its new tool will lead to better qualified enquiries.

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Global academic city planned for Kerala, India

Global academic city planned for Kerala, India

Kerala’s state government is planning to establish an international higher education hub modelled after Dubai International Academic City, the world’s largest free zone dedicated to higher education, to help combat brain drain and attract international students from around the globe, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced.

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Venezuela: what are the roadblocks to outbound study?

Venezuela: what are the roadblocks to outbound study?

A perfect storm of financial, logistical and access problems mean that many Venezuelans – potential international students – are finding their ambitions are currently being hampered. Education agents are counselling long lead times to plan trips overseas to enable students to overcome Cadivi (currency exchange) problems and to mitigate against limited flight availability. Sara Custer reports.

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