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  • UK: Non-EU student recruitment “worrying” says Universities UK

    The UK’s higher education representative body, Universities UK, has said that despite signs of increasing demand among foreign students, long-term trends in student recruitment for the UK are “worrying” as Indian and STEM enrolments continue to decline.

  • US: International graduate students fuel first-time enrolment growth

    First-time international graduate student numbers in the US were up by 11.5% in 2013 bolstering overall enrolment figures as domestic numbers continue to fall, data published by the Council of Graduate Schools shows.

  • Google data reveals peak search times, most searched-for universities

    Google search data from Net Natives on leading student source countries reveals when university education is at the front of students’ minds and follows additonal Google search data recently released by the BBC revealing the world’s most searched-for universities.

  • EF moves into testing with free online exam

    EF Education First, one of the world’s largest English language training providers, has announced it will move into standardised testing with the launch of a free online exam that aims to rival established testing brands including TOEFL and IELTS due to its scope and accessibility.

  • StudyPortals to launch language school site

    Studyportals.com, the leading directory for university courses in Europe, will apply its search engine model to the language school sector with the launch of LanguageLearningPortal.com this week. Backed by €150,000 in funding from the European Commission, the project aims to have 100,000 unique visitors by the end of the year.

  • 21% of enquiries go unanswered in mystery shopper study

    A mystery shopper style study that employed a team of international students to judge response times to enquiries made to top 500 universities and assess the findability and clarity of their home pages has revealed that 21% of universities did not respond to students’ enquiries.

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UK-based Global Education Management has signed an MOU with Amity University in India in the presence of British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, calling it a "significant step" as it seeks to become a key player in the country's massive upskilling endeavors. “We believe India is going to be become the 'new China' for young people to gain a cultural exchange and experience,” said GEM Director.

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Malaysia on track to meet foreign student target

Malaysia on track to meet foreign student target

The Malaysian government says it is on track to meet its goal of attracting 200,000 international students annually by 2020 as it implements new measures to raise English language levels in tertiary education. Earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that all university students will be required to pass English language in order to graduate from university.

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US Dept of State uses WYSTC to push 100k Strong

US Dept of State uses WYSTC to push 100k Strong

A spokesperson for the US Department of State took the opportunity to implore delegates attending the 2014 WYSTC Conference last week to support in the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, and consider enabling access to the scheme's Innovation Fund which can help fund US-Latin America student exchange. The US needs to double its outbound student traffic to reach its stated goal of 100K US students in Latin America or the Caribbean.

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Study Group honours lost staff with memorial scholarship

Study Group honours lost staff with memorial scholarship

A memorial service has been held at Bellerby's College, Cambridge, to commemorate the lives of Yana Baranova and Donna Bull, two Study Group employees who were killed in a plane crash last year. To honour the two women, the company has announced two scholarship funds in their names to fund students at Study Group locations around the UK.

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