Major review of Australian HE calls for doubling of places by 2050
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by Amy Baker
17h ago
The Universities Accord – a major 12-month long review into Australian higher education – has released its report with a bold call for up to 80% of Australians to be tertiary-education by 2050. This will mean an expansion of university or VET-level capacity and a new approach to funding to ensure disadvantaged students are likely to succeed. Another central tenet of the report is more seamless integration between vocational and university delivery. On the international side, the report is suggesting greater diversification of international student recruitment and a clear alignment to skil ..read more
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EduVerifi partners with Gov of India’s Digilocker
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by Kritika Gogte
2d ago
Digilocker, the Indian government’s document digitisation service, is partnering with Australia-based educational document verification service EduVerifi. The company’s co-founder confirmed to The PIE that the collaboration was launched in February, and will enable EduVerifi to audit academic results from school to university level, eliminating difficulties that have previously been faced by students looking to study abroad. Ansar Nagingar called the move a “revolutionary step’ which will significantly reduce the time and bureaucracy typically associated with traditional verification methods ..read more
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India: non-recruitment based engagement “key”
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by Kim Martin
3d ago
A shift towards non-recruitment based engagement with Indian schools could be key to better managing student expectations, stakeholders have suggested. “If you get your reputation right and you get your relationships in market right, you don’t have to make an extra effort to recruit,” Kala Anand, vice president global of upGrad Connect, told The PIE. Those who have done it well – particularly schools in the US – have created engagement through faculty, immersion trips, experiential learning opportunities, curriculum engagement and alumni, The PIE learned. “They’ve created a great bra ..read more
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How India’s love story of 2023 began at NISAU
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by Nick Cuthbert
3d ago
As excitement builds for the India UK Achievers Honours 2024, it has been revealed that one of India’s most famous couples actually met at last year’s awards. Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra and political leader Raghav Chadha were married last September in Udaipur – and there has been plenty of speculation online about how their relationship actually started. The celebrity duo both studied in the UK, with Chopra graduating from the University of Manchester with a triple honours degree in business, finance and economics, while her husband completed his executive education at the London Schoo ..read more
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“Maintain rise” in international student numbers – UUK manifesto
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by Polly Nash
3d ago
The next UK government should work more closely with universities to achieve economic growth and maintain the managed rise of international student numbers, according to the body representing 142 institutions across the country. Universities UK unveiled its manifesto on February 23, urging the incoming government to recognise the contribution that universities make to improving the economy and creating opportunities that matter to voters of all political parties.  “From boosting the health workforce, to bringing wealth to towns and cities around the UK, Universities UK’s manifesto aims to ..read more
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International students have a role in applied research in Canada
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3d ago
Canada is home to 318 billion trees and a vast array of colleges, universities, polytechnics and other institutes of higher learning – proof that it’s a fertile land for growth. One of the benefits of enrolling in college rather than university in Canada is the opportunity to gain paid research work that combines on-campus learning with applied research work that brings the lectures and lessons to life in real-world applications. The good news is international students can play an outsized role in applied research. “Paid research allows international students to gain profound knowledge on the ..read more
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“Canada is open” despite study permit cap, say sector leaders
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by Kim Martin
3d ago
Although the short-term adjustments to Canada’s policy changes may be painful, sector leaders remain positive for the long-term positioning of the country as a welcoming destination for students and immigrants. It’s no secret that Canada’s international student recruitment has seen exponential growth in recent years, causing various “challenges and growing pains”, explained Larissa Bezo, president and CEO of CBIE. And although Bezo acknowledges the pain points needing to be addressed – unscrupulous actors for one – for her, the situation prior to the announcement of the student visa caps “wasn ..read more
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GMAC partners with Unibuddy on business schools
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by Kritika Gogte
3d ago
The Graduate Management Admission Council has partnered with Unibuddy to improve the application process for students exploring European business schools as a study option. Announced on February 20, the initiative sports a Unibuddy add-on onto GMAC’s website where students can chat with ambassadors from their business school of choice, and ask them about their university experience or for tips on preparing for the GMAT. The Unibuddy collaboration will also make it possible to explore other aspects aiding the decision-making process such as the local area, or further details on the program ..read more
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Canada updates on visa approval rules, exemptions to cap and access to PGWP
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by The PIE News team
3d ago
Canada’s IRCC has invited feedback from colleges and universities on a suggested provision to reduce the window of time institutions have to verify letter of acceptances to 10 days, and hence enable speedier visa processing once provincial allocations of study permits are confirmed by late March. Speaking at a regular town hall on the changes being made to the study visa system, a spokesperson also confirmed that each province and territory has now indeed received their cap allocation in letters from Immigration Minister Marc Miller – it was not divulged what those cap numbers are. The co ..read more
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NILE, British Council deliver ELT in Rwanda
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by Kritika Gogte
4d ago
Comprehensive English Language Training has been delivered to 2500 local secondary school teachers in Rwanda through a project coordinated by INTO’s NILE and the British Council. The 20-week program was launched in August 2023, and is part of the wider Secondary Teachers English Language Improvement Rwanda initiative, which aims to improve the English language proficiency of Lower Secondary Teachers in the Rwandan state education system. The program was delivered virtually to the learners in Rwanda by NILE’s language consultants, through designated digital tablets loaned to them for ..read more
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