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  • Aus: entrepreneur program doubles student intake

    Feb 16, 2021

    FastForward (FFWD) is a free six week program funded through the New South Wales government and run by Haymarket HQ which takes participants from idea to start up ready with access to mentors, investors and practical experience. The number of participants has doubled from 100 in 2020, to 200 this year.

    Source : thepienews.com

  • Education Budget 2021: Emphasis on NEP, International Research Collaboration and Higher Education Commission

    Feb 01, 2021

    For the effective implementation of National Education Policy, 15000 schools will be strengthened initially. These schools will mentor and work as a model for the NEP implementation across the country. Finance Minister further added, 100 new Sainik schools will be established in collaboration with NGOs and private organizations. For other policies under NEP that will considered by the government can be found in Annexure 5.

    Source : timesnownews.com

  • UK unis eye China teacher training opportunities

    Jan 23, 2021

    TNE courses could provide “in-nation teacher training programs and recognized qualifications that can bridge the gap”, it suggested. “In 2020 the British Chamber held roundtable discussions with our members across the country and almost all participants, from every subsector of education, were adamant that teacher development was a golden opportunity for the UK in China,” said Julian Fisher, vice chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China and senior partner at education consultancy Venture Education.

    Source : thepienews.com

  • Canada: majority of Ontario DLIs now approved

    Jan 22, 2021

    Ontario, which has the most DLIs of any Canadian province, saw institutions waiting for long periods of time before their plans were approved. Recently, IRCC released data that showed there are now 490 DLI’s in Ontario that have had their covid readiness plans approved. The news was welcomed by stakeholders, including Languages Canada. “Languages Canada appreciated the commitment by the Ontario Ministry of College and Universities to find a solution to overcome the bottlenecks in the readiness plan approval process and enable most of our private sector members to get on IRCC’s list of approved institutions as of January 12,” said Rachel Lindsey, director, International Affairs and Operations at Languages Canada.

    Source : thepienews.com

  • Trinity UK expands Summer Camps provision

    Jan 12, 2021

    Trinity UK has rolled out a range of US Summer Camps at New York Fordham University in New York and the University California, San Diego in La Jolla, as well as two new centres in the UK at University College London and Brunel University London. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is running seven locations in Italy to offer a “normal” summer camp experience to students unable to travel to traditional study destinations.

    Source : thepienews.com

  • China responds to int’l student entry question

    Jan 6, 2021

    Wang Wenbin spokesperson of China replied "The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of overseas students in China.It requires colleges and universities to keep in close contact with overseas students, carefully arrange online courses for them, and properly address their legitimate concerns and needs .While taking effective epidemic prevention and control measures, China will assess the situation concerning resumption of studies in China for foreign students and will continue discussing that with all parties.”

    Source : thepienews.com

  • Eased Travel Restrictions a Relief for Many International Students

    Dec 18, 2020

    The federal government of Canada has recently released the list of designated learning institutions approved to reopen to international students. This means they will now be able to cross the border more easily and enter the country as long as they have a valid study permit and a letter proving their university or college is on the list of designated learning institutions approved for their COVID-19 readiness plan. Even though the next semester is still online, many international students already want to go back to their campus and resume their studies.

    Source : The Ubyssey

  • How the Biden Administration Can Make the USA Top Destination for International Students

    Dec 17, 2020

    With the 43-percent decline in the number of new international students enrolling in U.S. universities this year, education experts believe the new administration must do something to address this slide. Pundits believe that the incoming administration should prioritize the development and implementation of a national strategy to convey a welcoming atmosphere for international students. A key pillar of this strategy should be to rescind deeply harmful proclamations and executive orders that have had a chilling effect on incoming foreign students. International students have had a huge economic impact even amid the pandemic, contributing $38.7 billion to the U.S. economy this year and supporting nearly half a million jobs.

    Source : Forbes

  • Pressure on State to Reveal Plan for Foreign Students' Return

    Dec 10, 2020

    Victoria is under increasing pressure to outline its plans for the return of international students for the 2021 academic year, as billions of dollars in lost revenue hangs in the balance. The state failed to meet a November 30 deadline set by the Federal Education Ministry to detail its plans to bring back foreign students. Last year, more than 200,000 international students from 170 countries lived in Melbourne, contributing $13.7 billion in export revenue to Victoria’s reserves. But the number of international students in Melbourne is now about half last year’s levels – with no clear pathway for their return.

    Source : N/A

  • H-1B: Foreign-student Work Permit OPT, Often a Visa Stepping Stone, Upheld in Court

    Dec 12, 2020

    A federal judge has upheld the Optional Practical Training (OPT) against the lawsuit that aims to declare the program illegal and end the work-permit program immediately. Tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook, Uber, Tesla, HP, Oracle, and Salesforce had joined the fight, seeking to protect the Optional Practical Training program which is often used as a path to an H-1B visa. OPT has been in place in various forms since 1947, to give international student graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields, a chance for employment of up to three years.

    Source : N/A

  • UK Universities Will Lose Cachet Post-Brexit, EU Students Warn

    Dec 10, 2020

    With the recent announcement of the post-Brexit fees, many international students are now discouraged to enroll in UK universities for the next semesters. According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), there has already been a drop in EU students applying. The numbers are now down from 6,480 last year to 5,220 this year. The Brexit fee includes a student visa fee of about £350 (around $470) while about £500 ($670) will be used for the state-run National Health Service. Brexit will also affect opportunities for students to move freely for academic purposes.

    Source : N/A

  • Postponement of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test

    27 Mar, 2020

    In view of the hardships faced by the parents and the students due to COVID-19 epidemic, the National Testing Agency has postponed the ensuing NEET (UG) May 2020 examination scheduled to be held on the 3rd May 2020. We are hopeful that we would get back to normal situation relatively soon; but for now, various concerned Ministries and Examination Boards are examining the scenario to evaluate the situation that may necessitate any change in the schedule. As of now the examination is proposed to be held in the last week on May 2020. Exact date will be announced later on after assessing the situation.

    Source : nta.ac.in

  • All Indian Visa permission revoked

    12 Mar, 2020

    India suspended most visas in a bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus as the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic. All existing visas - except permissions given for diplomatic, official, United Nations, other international organizations, employment and project visas - will be suspended until April 15, according to a government statement Wednesday.

    Source : bloomberg.com

  • Visa freeze by US Embassy due to coronavirus

    17 Mar, 2020

    The move, necessitated by the Covid-19 virus outbreak will make it difficult for students willing to go to the United States. The embassy has said that applicants could reschedule visa interviews once regular consular operations resume.

    Source : Economic Times of India

  • 500 New MBBS Seats to be added in 3 New Medical College

    29 Feb, 2020

    With three new colleges in the state getting the of India nod, over 500 seats will be added to the pool of undergraduate medical seats in the state this year. Of the three colleges, two, with a total 300 seats, will be affiliated to deemed universities, while one will be run by a private management.

    Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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