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US: STEM post-study work curtailment stayed for 90 days

The 17-month extension of a year-long US post-study work programme for STEM graduates will stay in place until May 10, it was announced this week. The decision by Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle gives international educators in the US an extra three months to campaign for longer post-study work visas for STEM students.

UK: Lords want PSW to stop STEM decline

The UK's "unwelcoming" immigration policy is largely to blame for an unprecedented fall in the number of incoming international STEM students, a House of Lords report has concluded. The Lords have called for a "simpler" immigration policy that excludes overseas students from net migration figures and the reinstatement of the post-study work visa.

Global final of F1 in Schools boosts STEM interest

Teams from 22 countries competed in a scaled Formula One race in the USA last week, which involved the design, construction and presentation of scale-model replica cars. The event aims to encourage students to use IT to learn about subjects including physics, aerodynamics, marketing and financial strategy.

Foreign STEM graduates vital to US economy

International students account for almost two thirds of graduate students in key science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields in the US, however a slowdown in enrolments could be putting the economy at risk, a new report shows. The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) study also says that international students offer the US important cultural benefits.

US, Mexico announce bilateral HE forum

Increasing student exchange between Mexico and the USA trumped drug trafficking and immigration on US President Barack Obama's agenda during his visit to Mexico last week. Mexico ranks 9th in places of origin of international students to the US, considerably lower than other big trade partners such as China and Canada.