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University rankings critical, survey shows

More than 80% of 14,000 prospective UK-bound international students surveyed said they choose their study destination based on the quality of the education on offer over factors such as job opportunities in the destination country, or even which country they preferred, a new survey reveals.

Student comms disrupted by China Yahoo! Mail closure

Yahoo! officially shutdown its email service in China this Monday giving users a week to save data and their contacts list before accounts are permanently deleted on August 26. Although the closure was announced in April, the move could potentially put a kink in communications with potential and current students from China.

UK: just 6% of foreign students want residency

Only 6% of non-EU students thinking about studying in the UK want to emigrate to the country afterwards, a student survey has found. The finding comes just a year after the government controversially curtailed the post-study work rights of overseas students in its drive to lower net migration.

Hobsons launches Virtual Orientation app

Hobsons has launched a new Virtual Orientation app in the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East. The app offers detailed orientation for prospective that is customised and institution-specific. It also announced a new partnership with University of Limerick in Ireland this week.

How is international recruitment changing in UK HE?

Using or reappraising relations with education agencies, or outsourcing other aspects of international student recruitment – whether that is social media management, enquiry management or regional representation – is on the rise within UK higher education. Jim Butler reports on the new recruitment environment, as competition intensifies for overseas students and operating conditions also turn the screw.

Duncan Findlater, Hobsons, UK

When you track enquiries to UK universities in 2012, there is a clear and marked drop right around the time that UKBA announced proposed changes to the post-study work visa. In Australia, meanwhile, since the Knight Review enquiries have shot up.


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