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UK aims to charm China and London.cn launches

London's Mayor has unveiled a new Chinese language website designed to showcase London as a tourist and study destination to China’s 600 million internet users. The targeted London promotion comes amid a government trade mission that has brought good news about simplified visa processes for Chinese visitors to the UK.

Brazil launches first MOOC-style MBA

Veduca, a Brazilian education tech company, has launched the world’s first open online MBA in Engineering and Innovation. Content will be delivered in Portugese through video classes from Brazil’s leading engineering schools while also offering a certificate programme for those who wish to pay.

NZ offers sector better work rights, visa fast-track

Unlimited work rights for PhD and Masters students; relaxed work rules for English language learners and a pilot fast-track visa scheme are among bold changes announced this week in New Zealand. The changes also sharpen the quality oversight of education providers by preventing the lowest quality providers from recruiting internationally.

UK confirms Schengen visa link for Chinese

The UK has confirmed it is easing the visa process for visiting Chinese nationals. The changes could allow Chinese tourists – who under current laws have the right to study in the UK for up to 30 days – to apply for a UK visa and Schengen visa at the same time, enabling easier access to other European countries.

Another new agency association in Turkey: YEDAD

A fourth Turkish education agency association ‘The Overseas Education Consultants and Agents’ Association,’ (YEDAD) has formed, making the government’s call for unity in the sector less plausible in the busy education counselling industry. The new group already has around 120 members.

2024: UK and US to dominate as study destinations

The UK and US are set to dominate as international education host countries in 2024, while China, India, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan will all be crucial student source markets in a sector that is predicted to grow to cater for 3.85 million international students, up from 3.04 million in 2011.

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