The newly-formed China Overseas Study Association is taking strides to position itself as a bridge between China's government and international education bodies, providing training and building links with international organisations.
Key players in China's education agency sector revealed deep-set concern over the state of the industry last week at the China Overseas Study Association Forum on Study Abroad Services in Beijing. Leaders expressed doubt about whether current regulation is sufficiently equipped to deal with a rapidly changing market.
A new government-backed education agent training certificate, The China Education Agent Course, has been jointly launched in China by BOSSA and ICEF to drive up quality and transparency in the industry.
China and India are expected to propel growth in postgraduate student mobility over the next decade in all leading study destinations according to forecasts by the British Council. The projection also shows Asia’s dominance of enrolments will wane as tertiary-aged populations decline in the region.
The University of California, Berkeley and Tsinghua University have signed an agreement with Shenzhen’s municipal government to launch a joint research institute based in Tsinghua’s South China campus focusing on nanotechnology and nanomedicine, low-carbon and new energy technologies, and data science.
Beijing-based admission video interview service Vericant has secured funding from venture capital firm Shunwei Capital. The undisclosed amount will be used to expand business partnerships in to the higher education sector after several years operating in the boarding school industry.
More changes are looming for the UK’s Tier 4 visa system as the government finetunes its new Immigration Act. Speaking at StudyWorld this week, UKVI's Bharat Pamnani said the government is planning on consolidating visitor visa categories and is considering offering a cheaper Premium Service for smaller providers.