ICEF has celebrated its 100th Canada Course Graduate, which is a specialised training course for education agents that wish to display sound knowledge of Canada as a study destination. A Colombian agent became the fourth from his company to complete the CCEA.
The Canadian federal government has announced CAN$10.5 million of funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programmes for new migrants in British Columbia (BC), as part of a wider move to centralise management of services for new immigrants.
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.
CEO of Languages Canada, Gonzalo Peralta, is positioning the organisation to confront the Canadian government and amend clauses in the new ISP that harms members' business. Peralta predicts up to 15,000 students will be lost because Co-op programmes can not be offered by language schools from June.
New regulations have been published in Canada confirming language teaching institutions will no longer be able to offer "co-op" programmes. Other key changes are more positive, including automatic work rights for many international students.
British Columbia in Canada is to tighten its quality requirements for post-secondary institutions and language schools. As of June 2014, all eligible institutions will be required to sign up to its Education Quality Assurance scheme (EQA), in light of upcoming changes to the International Student Programme.
Academics at Athabasca University, Canada and Qatar University are developing a mobile learning application to help employees in Qatar's oil and gas industry to learn technical English language terms used in the sector. The m-learning project has been awarded a three-year grant by the Qatar National Research Fund.