Unlimited work rights for PhD and Masters students; relaxed work rules for English language learners and a pilot fast-track visa scheme are among bold changes announced this week in New Zealand. The changes also sharpen the quality oversight of education providers by preventing the lowest quality providers from recruiting internationally.
A new entrant to the UK internship market is confident that more businesses will be keen to pay for a non-EU intern to work with their company, given the global mindset and new language skills they can bring with them. “Employing from overseas is a great way to internationalise a brand,” says the company’s founder.
A new study from the European Migrant Network has underlined the positive economic impact international students make on countries across the European Union in the form of direct fees, taxes or employment. It also notes the growing prevalence of national recruitment strategies.
A new “one-stop shop” website has been launched in New Zealand for international students to get advice on their employment rights and student visa responsibilities. It was introduced as part of the government’s efforts to double education exports by 2025.
A proposal from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) to prevent foreigners gaining permanent or temporary residency in Australia if they work as accountants could hit higher education enrolments, universities in the country have claimed. Degree-level accountancy courses attracted 28,000 or 12% of the 230,000 foreign enrolments in higher education last year.
Koreans and Chinese who study at Australian universities have a strong chance of finding work when they return home and are highly valued by their employers. However, employers from both countries say Australian universities should provide more practical work experience.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May today announced more major changes to the immigration system to ensure that student visas are not a “backdoor route” to working in Britain. More than 100,000 prospective visa applicants will now be interviewed. Yet May also relaxed conditions for those at the top of the academic tree – PhD and MBA graduates will find it easier to stay and seek work.
Non-EU applications to British universities at undergraduate level have fallen for the first time in six years in a further sign that the government’s visa regime is starting to deter students at tertiary level. UCAS figures up to mid November show early applications for 2013 down by 0.8%, when applications recieved at this point last year were up 11%.
Overseas students who work as cleaners in Australian shopping centres are being exploited by their employers while retailers enjoy large profits, a new study has claimed. The report highlights extreme workloads, underpayment and a culture of discrimination and says internationals are less likely to complain than the rest of the workforce.
The Netherlands’ new minister of education, Jet Bussemaker, says she wants more international students to stay in the Netherlands after they graduate in a bid to tackle skills shortages and strengthen the country’s economy. Despite comparatively generous work rights most non-EU students return home straight after their studies.