Following a highly successful social media campaign, the Australian state of Queensland has awarded five international students from Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Colombia and Korea the 'Ultimate Gap Year' worth AUS$46,000.
International education is a success story in Australia at the moment with overall enrolments up 12% to June this year, but peak bodies openly discussed the need to ensure that "good growth" is achieved, as current industry bugbears around Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) and the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) were laid bare.
The UK HE sector is light years ahead of Australia in terms of coordinating services to enhance employability, resulting in better success rates for international graduates seeking employment. This is a key finding of new research from Rob Lawrence of Prospect Research & Marketing for AUIDF.
China and India are expected to propel growth in postgraduate student mobility over the next decade in all leading study destinations according to forecasts by the British Council. The projection also shows Asia’s dominance of enrolments will wane as tertiary-aged populations decline in the region.
English Australia, which represents over 120 member colleges providing English language tuition, is “ramping up” its efforts to actively engage with education agents and launching a new Partner Agency Program after its agent survey, published this week, revealed that more than a third of agents are unfamiliar with the organisation.
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.
New South Wales, Australia's top study destination, celebrated the outstanding contribution of its international students and their institutions to the local community at the 2014 NSW International Student Awards ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House last week. A range of initiatives were recognised including advocating for other international students and working with refugees.