The Victorian government in Australia hosted its first ever “coming of age” ceremony for more than 90 Japanese exchange students from Tamagawa University in Tokyo. Students also got to meet animals such as possums and wombats.
Australia is set to streamline the visa application process by extending online visa lodgement, which could make the application process easier for students coming into the country for short-term study.
Three international high school students have won flights and a scholarship to attend the Chrysalis Young Leaders' summer school programme at The University of Queensland's Emmanuel College in Brisbane at the Global Youth Challenge.
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.