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  • NZ: International students up 12%; sector worth $2.85bn

    New Zealand’s international education industry is now valued at NZ$2.85bn after experiencing 12% year-on-year growth in student numbers for the first to trimesters of the year, new government statistics show.

  • Bell seeks to double revenue by 2019 with focus on pathways

    One of the UK’s largest English language companies, Bell English, aims to double its revenue to £38m by 2019 by extending the brand’s focus from ELT provider to a world renowned pathway and ELT services provider.

  • Rethink business models for India, experts counsel

    Rethinking business models with a focus on smaller margins but bigger scale is essential for businesses keen to work in India and help cater to the burgeoning demand for English and skills training, experts and stakeholders recommended at a British Council-organised English Partnerships Forum last week on English Skills for Employability.

  • Australia: student visa fraud at all time high

    The number of student visas cancelled by the Australian government has more than tripled in the last two years as instances of falsified test results and/or financial documents have soared, meanwhile the number of students “course hopping” to unaccredited colleges is also a concern.

  • UK latest: 65 colleges lose licences, 600 students removed

    More than 300 individuals have been removed from the UK, 300 more will follow, and 65 private colleges have lost their Highly Trusted Status enabling them to recruit non-EU students as a result of a government crackdown on fraud.

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Victoria hosts ceremony for Japanese students

Victoria hosts ceremony for Japanese students

The Victorian government in Australia hosted its first ever “coming of age” ceremony for more than 90 Japanese exchange students from Tamagawa University in Tokyo. Students also got to meet animals such as possums and wombats.

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Social media survey: 1/4 of unis disappoint

Social media survey: 1/4 of unis disappoint

Over a quarter of universities contacted in a ‘mystery shopper’ social media survey by Intead failed to respond to enquiries from a prospective student, with particularly poor performances from US and Canadian universities.

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How does space planning enable better learning outcomes and economic gains?

How does space planning enable better learning outcomes and economic gains?

By nature student mobility is linked with sense of place. Students choose study destinations and institutions based on the expectations that they will learn the language and culture of the place. Perhaps what they don’t realise is how their physical learning spaces can directly affect how they learn. Sara Custer reports.

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