In its first US expansion move, Oxford International Education Group (OIEG), formerly known as ISIS Education, has acquired its first ELT school in San Diego, which joins the company's two other North American schools in Canada.
Education providers and organisations have told The PIE News that US President Barack Obama's announcement this week to restore US diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba carries encouraging signs for international education.
Shorelight Education and Florida International University in Miami have partnered to develop the FIU Global First Year programme that will prepare international students academically and culturally for study at the university.
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.
President Barack Obama announced his plans to follow through with an immigration overhaul, including expanding and extending the federal Optional Practical Training programme, which allows international students to work in the US while studying.
International students and their dependents contributed $26.8 billion to the US economy and around 340,000 jobs were created or supported by the international education industry in the last academic year, according to an analysis by NAFSA, a leading industry body.
The Council on International Educational Exchange has pledged $20m in study abroad scholarships and will sponsor 10,000 student passports to support the Generation Study Abroad initiative. This the largest donation to date to the five-year project.