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.
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.
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'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.
An APEC student/researcher visitor card and an Asia-Pacific virtual campus were key recommendations coming out of dialogue at a symposium jointly organised by the International Education Association of Australia and the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education this month.
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.
International students are often supported financially by their families when they study abroad. Some families go further by investing in a property for their child to live in while overseas. Lucy Fisher investigates the link between property, residency and international student destinations.