A group of 11 education agents from BELTA, the Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association, has just returned from a familiarisation trip of South Africa that will likely boost bookings from Brazilians keen to learn English and study in the country, say organisers.
International education providers have voiced their consternation after the Department of Immigration and Border Protection signed off on a review into the effectiveness of the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria – which has raised concerns in the sector since 2012 – without any industry consultation.
Australia has eased visa requirements for students from ‘high risk’ countries including China, India and Pakistan, reducing the evidence requirements of English language proficiency, financial capacity and previous study.
International educators urged representatives on Capitol Hill last week to push for immigration reform as part of NAFSA’s annual Advocacy Day. Meanwhile, House Democrats are launching a petition to force the hand of House Republicans who have put off mooting immigration bill HR 15.
APAIE held its annual conference this week in Seoul and high on the event’s agenda were linkages between institutions and industry. Seven leading Asia Pacific institutions have partnered with i-graduate to launch a three month pilot study to measure the impact of exchange programmes in the region.
The International Association of Language Centres, a network of independent language schools teaching their native language to international students, has welcomed new members in Spain, China and North America.
In addition to English as a national language, Malta’s sea life, sun and history were among the assets highlighted by FELTOM at its annual ELT workshop this week. The membership organisation is updating its accreditation policy and working with quality and tourism agencies.
The Council of International Students Australia (CISA) is offering all international students across Australia a unique opportunity to ask leading employers in Australia what they’re looking for in potential employees at its My Study, My Career International Student Forum.
The National Union of Students in the UK is running a campaign to put pressure on leaders of UK educational institutions to abolish in-course tuition fee increases for international students. At least half of all UK universities do not currently provide students with a fixed fee guarantee.
CEO of Languages Canada, Gonzalo Peralta, is positioning the organisation to confront the Canadian government and amend clauses in the new ISP that harms members’ business. Peralta predicts up to 15,000 students will be lost because Co-op programmes can not be offered by language schools from June.