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 The Indian rupee has lost a lot of value this year – how will this impact planning for study abroad?

The Indian rupee has lost a lot of value this year – how will this impact planning for study abroad?

Indian students with plans to study abroad are currently facing significant challenges in following through on these plans. The value of their currency, the rupee, is declining against...

 Japanese outbound numbers still down in 2021 with a distinct shift to online study

Japanese outbound numbers still down in 2021 with a distinct shift to online study

The latest mobility data from JAOS (Japan Association of Overseas Studies) highlights that 2021 was another challenging year for Japanese outbound. The annual report relies on a survey...

 Are China’s outbound student flows about to peak?

Are China’s outbound student flows about to peak?

China has been an important driver of global growth in international student mobility for decades. As of 2020, Chinese students continued to account for a significant share of...

 China: Could lockdown fatigue influence outbound student mobility?

China: Could lockdown fatigue influence outbound student mobility?

It is too early to be definitive about this, but the pandemic appears to have had a larger-than-expected impact on outbound student numbers from China. There are a...

 India simplifies procedures for foreign institution partnerships

India simplifies procedures for foreign institution partnerships

India’s higher education regulator the University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced a simplified set of regulations that will govern collaborations with foreign institutions and that should set the...

Economic crisis at home pressures Sri Lankan students abroad

The Sri Lankan economy is in crisis. Inflation is soaring with food prices increasing by a dizzying 30% in March alone. The national currency, the rupee, has plunged...

ICEF Podcast: Student decision making factors are changing – why and how?

In this episode of our continuing podcast series, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president of business development) discuss the latest developments...

Japan to permit 100,000 international students to return by May 2022

The Japanese government has just announced a greatly accelerated return plan for international students, which will rely in part on a simplified entry screening system designed to cut...

Japan eases border restrictions but international students not prioritised for entry

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has announced that on 1 March 2022, Japan will open its borders to allow 5,000 travellers per day into the country. The prime...

More international students moving on from Japan as border closures persist

COVID infections in Japan have reached a record high, with more than 70,000 daily infections being reported currently. Those surging numbers led the Japanese government to postpone its...

China: The opportunity remains

The following feature is excerpted from the 2021 edition of ICEF Insights magazine and is reprinted here with permission. The entire issue of the magazine is available to...

International students permitted to return to Malaysia if they adhere to strict rules

In Malaysia, international students already enrolled with Malaysian institutions from most countries are welcome to return to the country provided they follow an extensive series of rules. The...

Japan announces border opening for international students

Update: The Japanese government closed the country’s borders again effective 30 November out of concerns over the Omicron variant. The Japan Times reports that, “New restrictions will encompass...

Edtech giant VIPKid gives up its massive stake in China

VIPKid, an edtech behemoth that was once valued at over US$3 billion, will no longer serve as a platform connecting English-speaking tutors (many of whom are American) and...

Chinese border to remain closed until second half of 2022

Reports from Times Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, and others all indicate that China’s current border restrictions will remain in place until the second half of 2022....