Revenue from international students in Australian education institutions grew by more than A$2bn in 2015, making international education Australia’s third largest export, contributing $19.65bn to the country, preliminary figures have shown.
International student visa approval rates in New Zealand continue to rise, with the US driving much of the growth among HE providers while enrolments at private training institutions continue to flourish, according to new data from Education New Zealand.
The path from graduation to employability has been made easier for Malaysian students studying in New Zealand with findings from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency showing comparability of masters and doctoral degrees.
Flight Centre Travel Group, a global travel agency, has acquired StudentUniverse for $28m, marking its further expansion into the booming youth travel industry. The acquisition will enable StudentUniverse to scale worldwide as well as grow within existing markets.
New Zealand has launched a pilot programme that will enable international students to study for up to three consecutive study programmes under a single, five-year pathway visa, which aims to simplify the visa process for international students and thus make New Zealand more competitive as a study destination.
Two bills updating the ESOS Act have been passed in Australia, promising to reduce administrative costs and enhance quality assurance. However, an amendment to rules on tuition fees paid in advance being placed in holding accounts did not pass.