The UK’s new minister of immigration has come out swinging in his first public address, accusing the minister of business, Vince Cable, of stating “falsehoods” and warning that he may reconsider the level of visa refusals that institutions cannot exceed.
Results from the fifth annual THE World Reputation Rankings show that the USA retains its prestige as a higher education superpower. US institutions dominate the top 10, Asian institutions continued to gain ground and Australia has shown an unexpected downturn in the league table as defined by academics worldwide.
Financial results from HEFCE show a deceleration in international student numbers in UKHE but an increase in reliance on overseas fees income. The country’s HE funding model has recently come under scrutiny; the HE Commission has launched an inquiry into financial sustainability.
After France’s Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso declared France’s position as a study destination as “fragile” last year, the government has started 2014 with pledges to make good on efforts to boost inbound student numbers including extending work rights and facilitating visa processing.
For the month of March, listings website Hotcourses Abroad has launched a photography contest to promote the universities and college partners featured on its websites. Submissions will be posted on the Hotcourses Facebook pages where the over 1 million followers will vote for their favourite. .
The Institute of International Education has launched a US$2 million five-year initiative to double the number of US college students studying abroad, emphasising that an international experience is a “career-enhancing necessity of a college degree”.
Last month the Republic of China Ministry of Education announced new internship opportunities at education providers around Taiwan for international students enrolled at overseas universities. In a politically controversial move, the initiative will also be open to mainland Chinese students.
Seven US universities and colleges have been recognised for excellence in international education by NAFSA in this year’s Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalisation, named after the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois.
Latest migration data for the UK reveals an erosion in enrolments for the UK’s FE sector, while an overall increase in EU migration was behind the net migration headlines. Further declines in Pakistani and Indian student enrolments was also charted as well as a big rise in Brazilian students coming to the UK.
US-based education company Bridge has announced it will expand into pathway programmes by opening four centres on university campuses in the US and Brazil, preparing international students for study at American universities.