This week the Australian government will attempt to slash a number of federal laws in its first planned “repeal day” that will save AUD$1 billion a year in red tape. A number of “heavy handed” regulations affecting the university sector are set to be abolished in the process, a move that has been welcomed by international educators in the country.
New regulations have been published in Canada confirming language teaching institutions will no longer be able to offer “co-op” programmes. Other key changes are more positive, including automatic work rights for many international students.
TOEFL and TOEIC exam testing in the UK has been temporarily suspended after a BBC Panorama investigation that was aired on Monday 10 Feb has revealed systemic cheating by candidates taking a TOEIC exam. Meanwhile QAA has confirmed it is opening investigations into the two colleges named in the programme and accredited by the organisation.
The Institute of International Education (IIE) has announced the winners of the 2014 Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. The awards showcase the most groundbreaking models for internationalising universities, study abroad, and international partnership programmes.
Quality and transparency in the use of agents in student recruitment were key themes in the fifth annual AIRC conference last week: the first held since NACAC reversed its policy against the use of commissioned agents in international recruitment.
As the UK’s HE sector shifts to a more demand-driven system, regulation needs to be greatly improved in order to protect students from failing universities which could threaten the UK’s global reputation, according to the Higher Education Commission. A tuition assurance scheme to protect students is among its central recommendations.
Spanish courses offered by Asociación de Escuelas de Enseñanza de Español de Castilla y León (AEECYL) members are to be accredited by the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (UPSA), under a deal signed last month to boost internationalisation.
International students interested in studying in the US have a new source of information on immigration rules and visa processes – a video produced by the Student Exchange Visitor Programme (SEVP) and posted on its recently launched Study in the States website. Student to Student: Studying in the States is the first video of its kind from the Department of Homeland Security.
One of the two new national education regulators in Australia, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), has begun consultation with the Australian National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) after it was nominated as one of two authorities to oversee ELICOS programmes.
New moves are being made to ensure accreditation of universities and colleges is satisfactory in the USA, following a report highlighting weaknesses in the system. A bill to ensure HE institutions have relevant accreditation made it through the first stage of government process this week…