SEVP has not adequately monitored the 100,000 students working temporarily during or after their studies in the OPT programme, says the USA’s Government Accountability Office. It calls for a complete overhaul of SEVP regulation with schools providing much more information on students’ employment.
Higher education institutions in New Zealand need to be more connected to the world through academic collaborations, cross-border education and business relationships in order to deliver long-term economic benefits, the government has announced in a five-year Tertiary Education Strategy.
The UK’s new minister of immigration has come out swinging in his first public address, accusing the minister of business, Vince Cable, of stating “falsehoods” and warning that he may reconsider the level of visa refusals that institutions cannot exceed.
After France’s Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso declared France’s position as a study destination as “fragile” last year, the government has started 2014 with pledges to make good on efforts to boost inbound student numbers including extending work rights and facilitating visa processing.
Last month the Republic of China Ministry of Education announced new internship opportunities at education providers around Taiwan for international students enrolled at overseas universities. In a politically controversial move, the initiative will also be open to mainland Chinese students.
The Australian government has launched a social media campaign to inform international students about their visa conditions after backing off from a crackdown last month on students who changed courses.
The government- funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) recently released its Strategy 2020 which includes attracting 350,000 foreign students by 2020 and increasing the number of Germans who study abroad to 50%. It will also expand its network of branch offices overseas and enhance scholarships.
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.
Leaders of UK sector associations have called for the government to focus on existing fraud challenges in light of a recent TV documentary instead of increasing regulation for compliant schools. Accreditation UK has confirmed its remit does not include delivery of external examinations.
An eight-hour debate in the House of Lords this week revealed serious concerns over an immigration bill that would introduce a number of measures affecting international students, including an annual NHS levy for migrants and compulsory checks by landlords of tenants’ legal status.