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Victoria opens Study Melbourne Student Centre

The government in Victoria, Australia’s second most popular state for international students, has launched a Study Melbourne Student Centre to be an “one-stop-shop” for information on government programmes as well as health, legal and financial services for international students.

Indian scholars will help rebuild Christchurch, NZ

New Zealand’s government has awarded NZ$150,000 in scholarships to some of India’s top students in partnership with Christchurch Educated and the Canterbury Development Corporation, in an effort to build ties with India and plug a skills gap to help with the rebuilding of the city.

Austrade assesses market advantage in Japan

Japanese education agents believe Australia's popularity as a study destination will continue to rise but Australian institutions need to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive market, according to report by Austrade issued this week. The report recognises key selling points and the resurgence of agency activity.

Australia: VET enrolments up after 1.7% fall in 2013

Australia's growth story for 2014 rolls on as a monthly enrolment and commencement report shows a 10% increase in full-fee paying international students on May last year. Notably, the VET sector saw a year to date 13% increase in commencements after a 5.9% increase in enrolments. This is good news after 2013 results showed continued attrition.

Pearson unveils new English assessment scale

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.