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 Japan announces border opening for international students

Japan announces border opening for international students

There is good news on the horizon for international students who have been unable to return to Japan this year for their studies because of COVID travel restrictions:...

 Edtech giant VIPKid gives up its massive stake in China

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

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....

 Chinese universities operating under strict COVID protocols for new academic year

Chinese universities operating under strict COVID protocols for new academic year

The Chinese government has established a “zero tolerance” policy for COVID outbreaks, and this is already affecting higher education programmes and services for the coming academic year. A...

 Sweeping new rules ban for-profit school tutoring in China

Sweeping new rules ban for-profit school tutoring in China

The Chinese government has introduced sweeping regulations intended to curb online and private tutoring operations in the country. The move has rocked the edtech sector in China and...

Survey explores perspective of foreign-enrolled students in China

A recently released survey of nearly 8,000 students provides insights on the outlook of Chinese students enrolled at institutions abroad but currently in China due to the pandemic....

Japanese agents report that they sent 76% fewer students abroad in 2020

Japan, an important source market for many study abroad destinations, sent 76% fewer students to other countries in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decline was reported...

International students’ frustration mounts as Chinese border remains closed

Thousands of international students who are enrolled in Chinese higher education institutions are currently unable to enter China due to the country’s 16-month-old COVID-related ban on international visitors....

China emerging as a major destination for African students

In less than a decade, China has moved from being the least popular study abroad destination for African students to the most popular for a growing number of...

China an “indispensable recruitment market” for study abroad for which online channels will be key this year

China’s demographics are changing, and so too are some of the patterns of outbound Chinese students. They are choosing a wider field of study destinations than in the...

Indian outbound student market poised to bounce back in 2021

In many respects, India has been one of the big stories in international student mobility over the past decade. Second only to China in terms of total outbound...

Chinese border remains closed to foreign students

China has been climbing the global table of leading study destinations over the past decade and is now the fifth-largest destination overall, after only the US, Australia, UK,...

Japan eases restrictions for international travellers, including students

Update: Japan closed its borders again to international students in early January, 2021. Making a direct link between economic recovery and international travel, the Japanese government has moved...

Malaysia orders universities online and restricts foreign student entry

Malaysia’s universities were scheduled to fully reopen on 2 October. On that same day, and in the face of rapidly rising COVID counts, the Ministry of Higher Education...

UK universities charter flights to bring international students back to campus

Dozens of universities in the United Kingdom have begun chartering flights to bring Chinese students safely to their campuses. There is financial risk that attaches to flight charters,...