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  • UK: 43% EU student loans outstanding; state funding system under threat

    A damning parliamentary committee report shows that around 19,000 EU and 400,000 English graduates are in arrears on their student loan payments or have no earnings information available, and that the “continued existence” of the student loans system is under threat due to miscalculation and poor debt collection efforts.

  • Dutch Minister of Ed plots “new phase” of internationalisation

    A “new phase” of education policy in the Netherlands calling for the “mainstreaming of internationalisation” has been introduced by minister of education, culture and science Jet Bussemaker. In a letter to parliament Bussmaker outlined plans to establish a €5 million a year scholarship scheme, improve talent retention and facilitate transnational education.

  • UK: Non-EU undergrad applications up 6% says UCAS

    The UK’s undergraduate sector has seen solid growth in international applicants for the second year in a row as UCAS figures show non-EU applications have risen another 6% this year. The report indicates strong demand from Malaysia and the UAE among all applications submitted for 2014/2015.

  • Germany: around 50% of foreign students stay on

    The government-funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) published new statistics earlier this week revealing the number of international students in German universities is higher than ever, with one in ten students hailing from overseas (11.3%). For the first time DAAD has also disclosed that around 50% of foreign students remain in the country after graduating.

  • Education NZ’s new agent training programme

    This month Education New Zealand launched its Agent Programme introducing three tiers of collaboration with the government’s new branding campaign: a trained agent, a recognised agency and official partners. Alongside the launch, ENZ has also introduced an agent search page on its Study in New Zealand website with map locator.

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Recruitment strategies focus of OACAC

Recruitment strategies focus of OACAC

Recruitment strategies, managing relationships with agents and understanding secondary education ladders were at the forefront of over 80 educational sessions at the recent Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC) 21st annual conference earlier this month.

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FPP EDUMedia launches EDUPoints

FPP EDUMedia launches EDUPoints

FPP EDUMedia, Latin America's largest education agent fair organiser, has unveiled a new rewards scheme that will enable its returning customers to earn online promotions, free webinars and discounts on services. With a returning client rate of 79%, President Julio Ronchetti says the company is keen to reward client loyalty.

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USA recruiters “10-15 yrs behind Aussies and Brits”

USA recruiters "10-15 yrs behind Aussies and Brits"

The USA's higher education international market could benefit by 8 to 10% growth if recruitment practices evolved to catch up with those seen in Australia and the UK, Mitch Leventhal, co-founder of AIRC has said. "The British and the Australians are 10 to 15 years ahead in terms of sophistication of the staff and the leadership of universities," he said.

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USA: Huron Group invests in Shorelight

USA: Huron Group invests in Shorelight

Huron Consulting Group, a Chicago-based management consulting company, has made a strategic investment in Shorelight Holdings LLC, a parent company of Shorelight Education. Huron, which offers services in life sciences, law, finance and healthcare as well as education, will participate on the board of directors at Shorelight Holdings.

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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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