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.
The governments of New Zealand and China aim to broaden qualification recognition and VET collaborations after signing two agreements that they say will also enhance student mobility between the two countries.
China’s Ministry of Education is tightening legislation on Sino-foreign joint programmes and has revoked the approval of 246 existing programmes and institutions in a bid to better regulate joint ventures, which have increased dramatically over the last decade.
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.
According to the Institute of International Education the number of international students in the US has grown by an impressive 8% to reach an all-time high of 886,052 in 2013. Big gains were seen in enrolments from China and Saudi Arabia while an increase in Indian numbers has reversed a three-year decline.
Diversity is on the rise among international graduate students in the US as the third phase of the Council of Graduate Schools's International Graduate Admissions survey shows first time enrolments have risen for the fifth consecutive year despite a drop in Chinese students for the first time in a decade.
Starting today, Chinese visitors and students to the US will be granted visas valid for up to 10 years US President Barack Obama announced this week. Education professionals in both countries welcome the move saying it will facilitate education exchange for students, scholars and their families.