After 50 years operating in international education, mega-education company EF celebrated in style by breaking the Guinness World Record for the “most nationalities in an online video album of people performing a choreographed dance”.
There are no major upsets in the list of top-ranked study destinations in the 2014 edition of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, however the latest education agent-based poll reflects Australia's upturn as a study destination. And this year, the USA and Canada tied in first place for overall attractiveness of a study destination.
Changes to visa regulations introduced this year are harming EFL schools, according to South Africa's association of English language providers, which estimates that immigration rules may cut some schools’ business by up to 60%.
Affordable fees and a strong reputation for higher education are among the main draws for international students choosing to study in South Africa, but discrimination and difficulty finding affordable accommodation are significant obstacles, the first major survey of international students in the country has revealed.
Ghana has delayed the opening of its universities and colleges by at least two weeks so that it can put in place measures to screen students coming from Ebola-hit countries, as institutions in other countries implement precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Education giant Pearson has launched the Global Scale of English – a numeric measurement of English language proficiency. The company will begin introducing the GSE into its product lines worldwide over the next 18-24 months and aims to establish it as a universal benchmark for businesses, governments and academic institutions.
Booming Chinese investment in Africa could prove to be beneficial for France. With historical and lingual ties to several countries on the continent, France has seen an increase in Chinese students keen to learn French and establish ties with French industry. As a result, the French government has initiated a series of programmes to attract Chinese students to France.
Findings from research conducted by the British Council and the German Academic Exchange Service show that transnational education (TNE) is often an affordable alternative to traditional student mobility and is seen to better prepare students for the job market than local providers.