Kerala’s state government is planning to establish an international higher education hub modelled after Dubai International Academic City, the world’s largest free zone dedicated to higher education, to help combat brain drain and attract international students from around the globe, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced.
Australian educators say they are outraged by government plans to increase the cost of student visas at a time when the country is fighting to regain its position in the global education market. They object to an AUS$700 surcharge for anyone transitioning to a new visa once in the country. It comes as Brazil complains the cost of Australian study permits is too high for its students.
With good rates of local enrolment and strong demand from Asian and African students in particular, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is evolving into the regional higher education hub it wants to be. DIAC is clear on how it will develop in the future – building and expanding its range of HE programming to complement its current offer from 26 resident institutions and directly feed into the skills needs of the Middle East. Amy Baker reports.
Joining universities, select private colleges and TAFEs in Australia are to benefit from streamlined visa processing designed to boost their competitiveness. The move follows the streamlining of university visa processing last month. Under the scheme all overseas students applying for visas will be deemed low-risk – or from ‘level 1 risk assessment’ countries.