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Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

Russia cancels US-funded FLEX programme

Tense relations between the US and Russia have led to the cancellation of the largest US-Russain educational exchange programme after a teenage Russian boy sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home as a homosexual. For 21 years the FLEX programme has funded more than 23,000 high school students from former Soviet Union countries to study in the US.

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Italy plans to extend PON scholarships nationwide

Italy plans to extend PON scholarships nationwide

The government is planning to extend its European high school study abroad scholarship programme, PON, to all of Italy’s 20 regions, as new research shows that the number of high school students studying abroad has increased by 55% in three years. Industry stakeholders have cautiously welcomed the news, but hope that implementation will be “less complicated” than in previous years.

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Australia: sector speaks on ESOS policy changes

Australia: sector speaks on ESOS policy changes

International education is a success story in Australia at the moment with overall enrolments up 12% to June this year, but peak bodies openly discussed the need to ensure that “good growth” is achieved, as current industry bugbears around Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) and the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) were laid bare.

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Japanese unis receive ¥7.7bn for rankings boost

Japanese unis receive ¥7.7bn for rankings boost

The Japanese government has announced funding for 37 universities to boost globalisation efforts and amplify its presence in global academic rankings through the ‘Super Global Universities’ project. Thirteen ‘Type A’ universities will receive an annual ¥500m (US$4.57m) over the next decade.

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