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A court challenge is continuing for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme in the US. The OPT allows students to remain in America for up to a year of work experience after graduation, and, in the case of STEM graduates, for up to 29 months of post-study work.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/us-court-extends-deadline-for-new-post-study-stem-work-rules/
International students in the US hoping to gain practical experience in their chosen fields of study are getting an extra and unwanted learning experience about the US legal system and political wrangling over immigration. As we noted in an earlier report from September 2015, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees US immigration,Continue reading...
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In a worrying development for one of international education’s most important emerging markets, Nigerian students studying abroad on scholarships are reporting that they are not receiving the stipends promised them for housing and other living expenses. A number of foreign universities have also indicated their accounts with Nigerian funding agencies are in arrears.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/falling-oil-prices-put-nigerian-scholarship-funding-in-doubt/
In a worrying development for one of international education’s most important emerging markets, Nigerian students studying abroad on scholarships are reporting that they are not receiving the stipends promised them for housing and other living expenses. A number of foreign universities have also indicated their accounts with Nigerian funding agencies are in arrears. Most recently,Continue reading...
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The Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO) is moving forward with plans to establish an industry standard for sharing basic information about language programmes.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/coming-soon-a-new-data-standard-for-language-programme-information/
The Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO) is moving forward with plans to establish an industry standard for sharing basic information about language programmes. The ALTO membership is composed of both schools and agents, and the standards initiative arises from a growing recognition of the business challenges associated with inconsistent and variable programme information acrossContinue reading...
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Research clearly demonstrates that employability and graduate employment outcomes are key considerations for prospective international students.

And now an expanding field of graduate outcome data represents a new source of competitive advantage in international student recruiting.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/01/is-employability-data-an-untapped-resource-for-student-recruiters/
In many of the world’s key sending markets for international students, employability is both a major concern and a key motivator for study abroad. The situation is particularly acute in markets such as India, where the government faces a major new quality challenge as it attempts to greatly expand the number of higher education seatsContinue reading...
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The Brazilian government has confirmed that overseas payments related to study abroad will be exempt from a new tax on international transfers of funds for personal services.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/01/study-abroad-exempt-from-new-brazilian-tax-on-overseas-payments/
Anyone with an interest in international education or student recruitment in Brazil held their breath earlier this month with the announcement of a new tax on overseas payments, including those related to study abroad. The new tax was meant to take hold this month and follows a previous announcement from the Ministry of Tourism thatContinue reading...
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ICEF Monitor Weekly Highlights is out!

There will be little comfort in the latest non-EU enrolment numbers for educators and stakeholders in the UK. Non-European higher education commencements are off noticeably at British HEIs and the biggest year-over-year declines are from some of the world’s most important emerging markets. We have a summary of key findings from the 2014/15 data in today’s feature.

Also this week: how accreditation has impacted the US market for ELT providers, new fees for non-EU students in Finland, an update from Panama, and the latest in our occasional Five for Friday series.

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ICEF Monitor Weekly Highlights: Nigeria, Peru, Germany and more

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A number of Asian countries have established ambitious international recruitment targets, and some are also moving to ease student immigration policies.

This has led most recently to an easing of work rights for foreign students in Beijing and a streamlining of visa processing for international students in Indonesia.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/china-opens-up-work-rights-for-foreign-students-indonesia-moves-to-streamline-visa-processing/
The growing trend to intra-regional mobility is one that we will continue to follow as it bears both on the world’s major established sending markets – China, India, Korea, and others – as well as some of the most important emerging economies in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Looking just at Asia, the percentageContinue reading...
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CALL FOR PAPERS

One day before the EAIE Conference, ICEF is organising the inaugural ICEF Higher Education Partnership Forum on September 13 in Liverpool. The Higher Education Partnership Forum is a one day event that enables participants from across the globe to connect with partners and explore collaboration.

ICEF is looking for focussed sessions that will inform and draw interesting, quality debate around internationalisation. Follow this link to learn more about the Forum and to submit a proposal: http://bit.ly/1P0sOSe.
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Peru has committed to a national policy of bilingualism by 2021 with a clear focus on building English proficiency in the country. This has led to substantial investments in teacher training and an expansion of English language teaching, as well as scholarships for study abroad.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/01/peru-commits-to-bilingualism-with-a-new-focus-on-english/
Driven in part by its considerable mineral wealth, the Peruvian economy has seen strong growth in recent years, helping spur outbound student mobility as well as the country’s profile as an emerging sending market. We last reported on Peru in 2014 with a special focus on the University Act enacted that year. Today’s post takesContinue reading...
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A recent study estimates the value of tuition revenues for pathway programmes at US$825 million. The vast majority of the pathways lead to English-taught undergraduate degrees, and nearly half are provided in collaboration with private-sector pathway providers.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/01/the-growing-importance-of-pathway-programmes/
Pathway programmes, also commonly referred to as foundation programmes, are more and more on the radar of international educators in recent years. There is a fair bit of variability in the pathway segment but such programmes often share a couple of basic characteristics: They are targeted to students preparing for admission to English-medium undergraduate studies;Continue reading...
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The Irish government officially implemented a number of new quality assurance measures on 20 January 2016, a main feature of which was an updated Interim List of Education Providers, or ILEP. The significance of this is that international students can only receive student visas to attend institutions listed on the ILEP.

http://monitor.icef.com/2016/01/ireland-implements-student-immigration-and-quality-assurance-reforms/
Over the course of 2015, the Irish government began to introduce a number of reforms in its student immigration system, with the goal of strengthening quality assurance in recruitment and programme provision for international students. The latest chapter in this process unfolded this week when the government officially implemented a number of new measures onContinue reading...
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ICEF connects educators and student recruitment agents to key markets and networks worldwide, helping them achieve the results and efficiencies they require in growing international student enrolments.

ICEF has built a reputation for quality through ICEF Workshops, the industry`s premier educator/agent networking events; ICEF Online Workshop, the collaborative Internet platform linking educators, agents and service providers; and ICEF Agent Training, professional development for the international education sector.

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ICEF Workshops - B2B events in all key markets, connecting international educators, agents and service providers as well as work and travel professionals

The ICEF Online Workshop - a virtual platform enabling over 5,000 agents, educators and service providers to connect and network

ICEF Monitor - a business development and market intelligence resource delivering news, research and commentary for international student recruitment

ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) - a practical, professional training course for agency-based international student recruitment counsellors

ICEF Agency Recognition Programme - quality assurance recognising screened agencies successfully vetted to participate in ICEF Workshops

ICEF Education Fund - donations and support for selected causes that give young people around the world access to education

ICEF Marketing and Sponsorship - guaranteed exposure and branding to key decision makers in the international education and language travel markets

Internet Course Finders - websites enabling educators to promote their institutions to over 600.000 annual international student visitors


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