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Malaysia on track to meet foreign student target

The Malaysian government says it is on track to meet its goal of attracting 200,000 international students annually by 2020 as it implements new measures to raise English language levels in tertiary education. Earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that all university students will be required to pass English language in order to graduate from university.

EF moves into testing with free online exam

EF Education First, one of the world's largest English language training providers, has announced it will move into standardised testing with the launch of a free online exam that aims to rival established testing brands including TOEFL and IELTS due to its scope and accessibility.

Four years after quake, signs of recovery in Canterbury, NZ

Recent efforts by New Zealand’s government to increase international students to the Canterbury region are starting to have a positive effect. Figures show that after two years of significant decline the industry grew by 11% in 2013 led by the ESL sector which says study work rights have made the region competitive.

Pakistan: 94% of teachers lack English skills

Ninety-four per cent of Pakistan’s primary and middle school teachers lack the necessary English language skills needed for providing a quality education in English, due to what a report from the British Council’s Punjab Education and English Language Initiative (PEELI) calls a lack of "buy-in" to the government's policy to expand and improve English medium education.

SELC Australia launches first Canada campus

The Australian language school SELC has launched it third ever campus in Vancouver, Canada, offering language and vocational courses. The school has been open for three months and organisers already plan to expand course offerings and increase agent relations in what they call an "exciting but challenging" time for the business.

Spain slashes scholarships for language study abroad

Bending to austerity measures, the Spanish Ministry of Education this month announced it would slash scholarships for language students studying summer immersion courses abroad. Funding will be cut from €22 million in 2012 to just €450,000 to fund studying French in France, and a yet-to-be disclosed sum to study language within Spain.

How is social responsibility changing international education?

There is no doubt about it, sustainable and ethical business practice is now a hot topic in international education, within HE and the private sector. A commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has seen internal and external projects and developments all nodding towards the role that the education sector should play in building a better world. Joanna Eckersley reports.