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marketing-campaign-and-new-visa-services-in-new-zealandNew Zealand rolls out marketing campaign and new visa services

New Zealand is taking its goal to double the value of its international education sector by 2025 (to NZ$5 billion) very seriously. In 2013, the...

swiss-immigration-reformSwiss immigration vote already impacting education

Last month, Swiss voters narrowly backed a referendum proposal for strict controls on immigration from the European Union. The final count showed that 50.3% voted...

canada-student-visa-regulationsCanada confirms new student visa regulations

Canada has just published revised regulations for its International Student Program (ISP), effectively concluding a process of consultation and regulatory reform that had unfolded over...

Key policy issues afoot for US ESL providers

In the US, as in all English-speaking destination countries, Intensive English Programmes (IEPs) are often the first point of entry for international students coming to...

UK monitoring agency Ofqual raises concerns about assessment standards

The UK is beginning the year with unwelcome news in the higher education sector. First, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation in the UK...

A year of ICEF Monitor in one post: 2013 in review

We covered a wide range of markets, subjects, and issues in international education – and international student recruitment in particular – over the course of...

Australian government eases visa rules for the non-university sector, and ACPET sees it as “a start”

The new Coalition government in Australia is delivering on its promise to support the country’s international education sector. A mere three months into office, the...

New UK report calls for cohesive government policy to grow international education sector

Currently in the UK, two facts co-exist… uncomfortably. On the one hand is widespread public anxiety about immigration, fuelled in part by past governmental policies...

Seventh annual Agent Barometer provides agents’ view of marketplace

The results are in from the seventh annual edition of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, a comprehensive survey that delivers insight into the profile of...

Market Snapshot: Nepal

A tiny country often overshadowed by its booming neighbour to the south, Nepal could soon be on many an international student recruiter’s travel itinerary. ICEF...

UK moves to simplify visas for Chinese visitors

The British government announced steps last week to make it easier and faster for Chinese travellers to visit the UK – news that was welcomed...

New AEI statistics point to strengthening enrolment trends in Australia

A month ago, we wrote of the Australian education sector’s anticipation of how the new government might approach the international component of the industry, which...

New Zealand announces new initiatives to attract more international students

The Government of New Zealand announced a package of new policy initiatives this week designed to make New Zealand a more attractive study destination for...

UK’s new immigration rules signal more welcoming approach to international students

A number of changes to the UK’s immigration rules took effect on 1 October, with the most notable for international students and visitors being: Allowing...

End to Canadian foreign workers’ strike should see visa processing times improve

There is finally an end to the longest-running public service workers’ strike in Canadian history. The strike by the country’s foreign service officers – notably...

Hong Kong’s allure underscores strengthening Asian education hubs

This summer, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority released statistics showing a 7% increase in the number of Hong Kong secondary school exam takers...

Philippines creates opportunities in overhaul of K-12 education system

The Philippines is undergoing a major overhaul to bring it in line with education systems worldwide, starting with the K-12 sector. This change to domestic...

New UK strategy aims for 20% growth in international enrolment

The British government released a major strategy for the UK’s international education sector last week – International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity – that describes...

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