The University of the West of Scotland could become the first UK university to offer a fee refund to students – including international students – who fail to graduate, in an effort to boost its global competitiveness.
English UK welcomed education agents from across Europe to Scotland on its recent spring inward mission, soon after Scotland's External Affairs Minister spoke out in favour of plans to re-introduce the two-year Post-Study Work visa should Scotland gain independence. Six Scottish centres were showcased to the visiting agencies.
Scotland has announced plans to re-introduce the post-study work visa enabling international students to work in the UK for two years post-graduation, should it become independent from the UK. The proposal is included in a white paper outlining plans for Scottish independence, 'Scotland's Future'.
Collaborations between HE institutions in the UK and Indonesia were fortified last month at the Science and Innovation Conference in Jakarta, and UK and Indonesian universities will co-bid for seed funding for development projects. In the same week, the UK's GREAT campaign was rolled out in the country by the Duke of York.
International students add “immeasurable cultural and social value” to Scotland, according to a new report from Universities Scotland, Richer for It, which was produced and released this week. The report will be taken to Westminster to highlight the non-financial value of international education.
A group of Scottish MSPs have called for an increase in Mandarin language teaching across all school levels as part of a larger plan to increase trade opportunities for Scottish business in China and encourage more Chinese investment in Scottish industry and infrastructure. As of now, there are just six public high schools that offer Chinese language courses.
Universities in Scotland and South Korea have signed a memorandum of understanding to foster closer academic ties. The agreement between Universities Scotland and the Korean Council for University Education could lead to collaboration over student mobility, dual degrees and joint research.