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 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.
Ireland’s prime minister Enda Kenny last week honoured international students participating in the government’s Student Ambassador programme which aims to use promote Ireland as a study destination to priority markets and recipients of the Government of Ireland Scholarships.
Four UK education consortia have won contracts to run 12 technical and vocational training colleges in Saudi Arabia as part of the government’s Colleges of Excellence programme. The deals will take the total contribution of the programme’s contracts to the UK economy to over £1 billion.
China and the Netherlands will extend collaboration in the fields of scientific research and vocational training after a high-level mission to Beijing last month. The Dutch Minister of Education signed MoUs and educators met with prospective students at Tsinghua University.
The UK’s “unwelcoming” immigration policy is largely to blame for an unprecedented fall in the number of incoming international STEM students, a House of Lords report has concluded. The Lords have called for a “simpler” immigration policy that excludes overseas students from net migration figures and the reinstatement of the post-study work visa.
On a trade mission to Asia this week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott rolled out the government’s outbound mobility programme, the New Colombo Plan, to Japan as part of a four nation pilot scheme. Japan and Australia also signed a landmark free trade agreement that will strengthen bilateral economic ties.
Delays to student visa processing in Russia – due to UK visa application centres being transitioned to a new commercial provider – are putting strain on a market already made fragile by political unrest and a weak ruble, The PIE News has learned.
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.