The Victorian government in Australia hosted its first ever “coming of age” ceremony for more than 90 Japanese exchange students from Tamagawa University in Tokyo. Students also got to meet animals such as possums and wombats.
New Zealand’s international education industry is now valued at NZ$2.85bn after experiencing 12% year-on-year growth in student numbers for the first two trimesters of the year, new government statistics show.
The number of student visas cancelled by the Australian government has more than tripled in the last two years as instances of falsified test results and/or financial documents have soared, meanwhile the number of students "course hopping" to unaccredited colleges is also a concern.
Facilitated by Wellington City Council, a new growth strategy in NZ includes a commitment from each of the region's tertiary institutions that overseas students will make up 15% of their total enrolments within the next five years.
Education company EF has identified overlaps between the countries topping its English Proficiency Index and the Global Innovative Index. It has produced a policy paper outlining short and long-term strategies both industry and government should implement to create healthy economies.
Australia is set to streamline the visa application process by extending online visa lodgement, which could make the application process easier for students coming into the country for short-term study.
Three international high school students have won flights and a scholarship to attend the Chrysalis Young Leaders' summer school programme at The University of Queensland's Emmanuel College in Brisbane at the Global Youth Challenge.
The governments of New Zealand and China aim to broaden qualification recognition and VET collaborations after signing two agreements that they say will also enhance student mobility between the two countries.