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Canada visa strike closer to resolution

A strike by Canada’s foreign services workers that has caused lengthy visa processing delays may be nearing an end, after the government accepted an arbitration offer from the union involved in the crisis. While PAFSO is still considering the governments terms, Gonzalo Peralta, the head of Languages Canada, said that the international education sector could expect to see improvements in the next few months.

Education New Zealand taps Brazilian bloggers

Education New Zealand (ENZ) has seen a surge in traffic to its website from Brazil after two of the country’s most influential video bloggers toured New Zealand in June. The influential Jovem Nerds (or 'Young Nerds') gave their large youth audience a guide to New Zealand's ELT sector and tourist attractions via their blog, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube.

Mark Harris, President of ELS

Our strategy is to support English-medium tertiary education in any country where it may be taking place. We've opened on-campus pathways in Malaysia and France, and Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland are also of interest

INTO and ILAC sign articulation agreement

The Canadian language school ILAC has signed an articulation agreement with pathways giant INTO, enabling its students to progress to INTO’s US pathways. ILAC, which has campuses in Vancouver and Toronto, says a number of other American institutions have approached it about pursuing similar tie-ups, too.

Australia: educators welcome weaker dollar

International educators have welcomed a sharp fall in the value of the Australian dollar, which is likely to remain low for the rest of the year, significantly cutting the cost of studying in the country. The dollar has dropped almost 12% since May, reaching its lowest point since 2010 – around US$0.90 – and could fall to US$0.85 next year.

Study Group sustains £33.6m pre-tax loss

Study Group, the global pathways and language provider, saw profits fall again this year due to poor performance in the US and Australia, although the firm’s UK operations grew. The Australia-based firm reported a 3.7% fall in revenue for the year ending December 31 2012 along with a pre-tax loss of £33.6m.