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Australia accepts Pearson, ETS exams for work visas

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recently announced that it will accept Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and TOEFL iBT scores for a number of work visas from November 2014, including sub-classes relating to Temporary Graduates and Work and Holiday visa holders.

Education NZ targets intrepid Japanese

Hundreds of dollars of adventure activities are available to Japanese students as part of a new marketing campaign from Education New Zealand (ENZ) and Tourism New Zealand to attract Japanese ESL students to the country. Activities ranging from a bungee jump in Queenstown to a jet boat ride on Auckland’s harbour are available.

Australia cuts state subsidies, removes fee cap

Australia’s Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey announced last week “once-in-a-generation” reforms to the university funding system that will cut the commonwealth’s contribution toward course fees by on average 20%, saving the country AUS$1.9 billion, and fully deregulating student fees from January 2016.

Australia cautiously optimistic about 21% YTD growth

Australia is experiencing its strongest ever start to the year, bar its peak year of 2009, and has seen 21% growth across all international education sectors, latest AEI statistics have revealed. Yet growth is namely across higher education and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) providers, meaning it is not as balanced as it seems.

Holmes Group acquires Sol, expands to North America

Australia-based Holmes Group has entered the US and Canadian markets after acquiring four North American locations of Sol Schools International with plans to expand in the region The PIE News has learned. The group will also move into the pathway market after signing an agreement with the UK's University of Buckingham.

Australia appoints TEQSA advisory council

This week Australia's Minister of Education Christopher Pyne announced the establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Advisory Council. The group will report to the minister and will be charged with ensuring that recommendations to reduce university red tape are carried out.