David Cameron has told UK schools that it is “time to look beyond the traditional focus on French and German and get many more children learning Mandarin”. The Prime Minister announced a number of measures to boost Mandarin teaching in the UK on the last day of a trade mission to China.
The UK is the most popular destination for 21% of 10,000 Indian students looking to study abroad surveyed by the British Council recently. But as the cost of international education increases and the quality of domestic higher education institutions improve, more students are opting to stay in country.
English as a medium of instruction in HE is on the rise. In Spain, for example, 52 of 89 HEIs now offer English-taught Bachelor’s. Delegates met at IE University in Madrid to focus on understanding new multilingual education opportunity in Europe.
The UK’s hard line on lowering net migration targets and restricting post-study work rights threatens its position as the second most popular study destination according to a report published today by the Institute for Public Policy Research. It calls for the government to extend work rights and increase the number of students studying in pathway settings.
Concern over the rapidly growing enrolment activities of some private education providers in the UK – and a tripling in expenditure on student maintenance grants and tuition fee loans – has prompted David Willetts to ask 23 private operators to immediately halt further recruitment of UK/EU students onto HND and HNC certificate programmes.
The organisation charged with growing the UK’s technical and vocational education exports says it has doubled its turnover to £40 million in a little over a year. TVET UK’s growth has been driven by multi-figured deals with governments and corporations in Nigeria, Turkmenistan and Saudi Arabia. TVET UK is also establishing an office in Saudi Arabia.
A survey of more than 1,500 international students in Canada shows that 80% had only applied to Canadian institutions for study, a jump from 45% last year. This is taken from CBIE’s report on the state of the sector, published this week. It also shows that enrolments were unaffected by the six-month Foreign Service Officer strike earlier this year.
Ninety-four per cent of Pakistan’s primary and middle school teachers lack the necessary English language skills needed for providing a quality education in English, due to what a report from the British Council’s Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI) calls a lack of “buy-in” to the government’s policy to expand and improve English medium education.
International students in the United States and their families supported 313,000 jobs and contributed US$24 billion to the economy in the 2012-2013 academic year according to the latest estimates by NAFSA. For every seven international students enrolled, three US jobs are created or supported by spending in tuition and living costs.
India and Nigeria – two of the six so called “high risk” countries – have welcomed the UK government’s plans to scrap the visa bond scheme that may have forced visitors to forfeit a £3,000 cash payment if they overstayed their short-term visa. The Home Office has told The PIE News that it has decided not to proceed with the controversial plan, which had caused concern overseas given that it would only have applied to certain nationalities.