An international student at the Queensland University of Technology has won flights and accommodation for two family members to attend her graduation ceremony in Study Brisbane’s Ultimate Graduation competition.
After 10 years of negotiations, a bilateral trade agreement between China and Australia will extend the number of Australia's private HE institutions featured on the Chinese government’s JSJ (Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxi Wang) or "white list" of quasi-approved institutions.
Chief Executive at English UK, Eddie Byers, has stated that the UK's ELT sector needs to work harder to make the government understand it is a "key feed" into the HE sector. And English Australia's Sue Blundell wowed ALTO delegates with data illustrating Australia's growth and grasp of stats.
The Australian government has released the name and number of the new "low risk" education providers eligible for streamlined visa processing from November 23. Students studying Advanced Diploma level courses will soon benefit from SVP.
Year to Date statistics from Australia show a 17% rise in student visa applications for ELICOS programmes and a 15% increase for higher education, the sector's best performance since peak year 2009. Stakeholders are confident the numbers point to a return-to-growth trend.
English Australia has become the latest education organisation to launch an agency partner scheme as part of a trend in ELT markets globally to champion quality agents to both sector players and students.
There are no major upsets in the list of top-ranked study destinations in the 2014 edition of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, however the latest education agent-based poll reflects Australia's upturn as a study destination. And this year, the USA and Canada tied in first place for overall attractiveness of a study destination.
Culture shock can strike international students the world over at any time, leaving them feeling isolated and displaced, and sometimes even causing them to return home. Katie Duncan finds out what agencies, educators and governments are doing to help smooth the transition and even speaks to students themselves about their cultural experiences.