After seven years of development, a US-based electronic funds verification service is set to go to market with the aim of making the process of financially qualifying international students more efficient and secure. The service allows students to move the paper-based process of proving their financial capacity online.
The UK is the most popular destination for 21% of 10,000 Indian students looking to study abroad surveyed by the British Council over the last three months. However as the cost of international education increases and the quality of domestic higher education institutions improve, more students are opting to stay in country.
A multilingual course search and student review website is set to be launched by mid-December, aiming to become the Trip Advisor of the language school industry. Created by ICEF, Coursefinders allows students to search for and directly contact language schools around the world, leaving star-rated reviews and comments about their experience afterwards.
A survey by Hotcourses on the quality of university response to student emails indicates that many institutions need more resources to successfully convert enquiries into applications. Of 406 universities surveyed, 35% of email queries did not receive a response at all and only 36% were answered within 24 hours. New Zealand had the best response rate with an 80% score.
The UK's hard line on lowering net migration targets and restricting post-study work rights threatens its position as the second most popular study destination according to a report published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research. It calls for the government to extend work rights and increase the number of students studying in pathway settings.
Language schools and service providers from around the world were honoured last week with the first ever awards presented by a Turkish association of education agencies – UED. Accolades were given to institutions and companies in 16 different categories.
Teams from 22 countries competed in a scaled Formula One race in the USA last week, which involved the design, construction and presentation of scale-model replica cars. The event aims to encourage students to use IT to learn about subjects including physics, aerodynamics, marketing and financial strategy.