The Danish government is planning to increase funding for non-EU students as well as streamline visa regulations and extend post-study work permission. Working closely with the private sector, the government has released its action plan to attract and retain talented international students.
Over a third of UK tertiary-aged students are considering studying overseas, up 17% from last year, according to a recent British Council survey of more than 2,500 students. The most popular overseas study destination by a large margin is the USA, followed by Australia, France and Germany.
International House World Organisation has expanded its network of schools to include centres in Italy, Angola, Russia and Germany, bringing its total number of affiliate schools to 158. IHWO’s Chief Operating Officer Lucy Horsefield said: “Our organization is growing steadily at the moment”.
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.
The FBI has issued a warning to US students studying abroad of the dangers of being targeted by foreign intelligence recruiters. On the agency’s website it has posted a 30-minute video featuring a real-life story as well as tips on what students can do to protect themselves abroad.
The 31st IALC workshop held in Brisbane was held in Australia for the first time this year, offering great diversity of agency attendee, a great insight into Australia’s offer for students and a topical seminar discussion around online booking and the commoditisation of the industry.
The University of Birmingham and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership that will provide a framework for collaborative research, teaching and boost study abroad exchange.
At the IALC workshop held in Brisbane last week, host school Langports English Language College announced the opening of its new campus in Sydney that will donate all of its profits to the Langports Foundation, which helps disadvantaged children through education.
Numbers of applications to US graduate schools have increased by 7% despite a 1% drop from the US’s largest international graduate student source country, China. The gain has instead been lead by double digit growth from Indian students for the second year in a row according to data from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS).
The issuing of visas and residence permissions to international students seeking to enrol at four English language colleges in Ireland has been suspended, following an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times that resulted in claims that some schools are willing to alter official records, allowing students to flout visa regulations.