As education institutions adapt to regulations stipulating that only registered consultants can offer immigration advice, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Registry Council has proposed a new credential and training specific to education.
President Barack Obama announced his plans to follow through with an immigration overhaul, including expanding and extending the federal Optional Practical Training programme, which allows international students to work in the US while studying.
Canada's strategy should not focus only on recruitment and retention, but "be framed in terms of Canada's own Global Engagement Challenge" said CBIE's CEO this week. A report underlined long-term intentions of international students in the country but a failure to integrate.
International students and their dependents contributed $26.8 billion to the US economy and around 340,000 jobs were created or supported by the international education industry in the last academic year, according to an analysis by NAFSA, a leading industry body.
The Council on International Educational Exchange has pledged $20m in study abroad scholarships and will sponsor 10,000 student passports to support the Generation Study Abroad initiative. This the largest donation to date to the five-year project.
According to the Institute of International Education the number of international students in the US has grown by an impressive 8% to reach an all-time high of 886,052 in 2013. Big gains were seen in enrolments from China and Saudi Arabia while an increase in Indian numbers has reversed a three-year decline.
Diversity is on the rise among international graduate students in the US as the third phase of the Council of Graduate Schools's International Graduate Admissions survey shows first time enrolments have risen for the fifth consecutive year despite a drop in Chinese students for the first time in a decade.
A year after launching the a student review website for study travel, ICEF has revamped its CourseFinders website to look more modern, be optimised for all mobile devices and include enhanced search and review functions.