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.
Latest migration data for the UK reveals an erosion in enrolments for the UK’s FE sector, while an overall increase in EU migration was behind the net migration headlines. Further declines in Pakistani and Indian student enrolments was also charted as well as a big rise in Brazilian students coming to the UK.
Educators in Canada have voiced opposition to tough new regulations prohibiting them from offering visa advice to international students. Only registered consultants registered will be allowed to give advice related to visa issues, with penalties reaching $100,000 or two years’ imprisonment.
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 European Students’ Union (ESU), which represents 47 national unions of students from 39 European countries, has demanded that education and research are protected from Switzerland’s impending immigration restrictions. A narrow margin of victory meant voters approved a cap in EU migration this month.
TOEFL and TOEIC exam testing in the UK has been temporarily suspended after a BBC Panorama investigation that was aired on Monday 10 Feb has revealed systemic cheating by candidates taking a TOEIC exam. Meanwhile QAA has confirmed it is opening investigations into the two colleges named in the programme and accredited by the organisation.
Academic and business leaders in Sweden have called for a new, decentralised scholarship model that would provide funding to 1,500 non-EU students saying that “the decreasing number of non-European students gives the wrong picture of Sweden as an international player”.
A rise in student visa applications in Australia signals that the international education industry could be recovering from a four-year slump leading to calls for a national education strategy. Australian Department of Immigration and Statistics data shows a 7.1% rise in year on year student visa applications from March to September 2013.