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 Five for Friday

Five for Friday

We are pleased to present the latest instalment in our occasional column “Five for Friday.” The following is a quick hit-list of some of the more eye-catching and...

 Australian enrolment surging in 2014

Australian enrolment surging in 2014

International education remains Australia’s third-largest export sector and the only non-resource sector in the top five. International education activity contributed an estimated AUS$15 billion to Australia’s economy in...

 British investigation alleges systemic fraud in UK language testing

British investigation alleges systemic fraud in UK language testing

UK Minister for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire rose in the British House of Commons last week to make a dramatic announcement: A joint investigation by UK Visas...

 Five for Friday

Five for Friday

We are pleased to present the latest instalment in our occasional column “Five for Friday.” The following is a quick hit-list of some of the more eye-catching and...

 Canada releases list of designated institutions for student visas

Canada releases list of designated institutions for student visas

We reported earlier this year on Canada’s revised regulations for its International Student Program (ISP). The new regulations have now come into effect – as of 1 June...

New 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 government invested an...

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 study. They range...

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 (Ofqual), has issued...

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 2013. And now,...

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 government has already...

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 that led to...

South Africa an important regional hub for international students

Known worldwide as the Rainbow Nation, South Africa is emerging as an important regional hub for international students. However, domestic demand for university education – coupled with financial...

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 education agents, as...

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 across the global...

Beyond student recruiting: agents’ roles as counsellors

How do international student recruiters prepare young people for their studies overseas? As parent and student expectations continue to increase, the role of student recruitment agencies has changed...