The number of non-European students going to Ireland has risen suggesting that the country's reputation hasn't been tarnished despite a series of private English language school closures earlier last year.
A new network of private colleges in Ireland is calling on the government to abandon plans to introduce an 'interim list' of providers who can recruit internationally. The seven-strong alliance has been launched by colleges that won a High Court ruling this month.
A judge in Ireland has upheld challenges against reforms slotted to begin this month that would have required all providers to gain accreditation by qualifying body ACELS in order appear on an Interim List of providers approved to accept non-EU students.
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.
Ireland's ELT industry body Marketing English in Ireland is set to introduce strict due diligence procedures for new members and tighten its learner protection policy in a membership criteria overhaul following a ninth school closure this month.
Only accredited English language and higher education programmes will be permitted to recruit international students in Ireland from next year, under a major reform of student immigration and the international education sector announced this week. “These reforms are crucial to ensuring that only those providers which can offer the highest standards can attract international students," said the Minister of Education.
Pearson PTE Academic, the computer-based academic English language test aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study abroad, has opened its first ever test centre in the Republic of Ireland this month.