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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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UK: Universities Minister puts weight behind outbound study

UK: Universities Minister puts weight behind outbound study

A website designed to assist UK higher education institutions in encouraging more students to study abroad was launched this week by Universities Minister Greg Clark at Universities UK’s national conference amid calls for policymakers to implement more favourable immigration policy for inbound international students.

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UK Visitor Visa categories will consolidate, become more flexible

UK Visitor Visa categories will consolidate, become more flexible

More changes are looming for the UK’s Tier 4 visa system as the government finetunes its new Immigration Act. Speaking at StudyWorld this week, UKVI’s Bharat Pamnani said the government is planning on consolidating visitor visa categories and is considering offering a cheaper Premium Service for smaller providers.

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Ireland overhauls student immigration legislation

Ireland overhauls student immigration legislation

Only accredited English language and higher education programmes will be permitted to recruit international students in Ireland from next year, under a major reform of student immigration and the international education sector announced this week. “These reforms are crucial to ensuring that only those providers which can offer the highest standards can attract international students,” said the Minister of Education.

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USA: foreign students connect cities to global economy

USA: foreign students connect cities to global economy

An analysis by The Brookings Institution of the economies of 118 metro areas in the USA has revealed that foreign students are vital players in connecting cities with economies around the world and contributed US$21.8bn in tuition and US$12.8bn in living costs from 2008-2012.

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