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ELT accreditors make strides in global alliance

The Quality Assurance in Language Education Network, a worldwide network of English language accreditation bodies, has officially launched its website and branding this month, following a symposium in Malta. The developments put the organisation on track to create a forum for sharing best practice and comparing accreditation systems used in different countries.

NZ language sector stymied by fee protection

High tuition protection costs are hampering growth in New Zealand language schools, with some claiming that they must put aside up to 50% over what they take in revenue to meet government requirements. This is adding to a tough business environment in which enrolments slipped by 6% across all sectors in 2012, with English schools among the worst hit.

NZ: student visa approvals fall by a quarter

Despite efforts to boost education exports, the number of students being issued visas to study in New Zealand for the first time fell by a quarter in 2009-2012, new figures reveal. The government blames the Christchurch earthquakes, global economy and high New Zealand dollar, but others say poor immigration policies are a factor.