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Total language travel bookings for German students are estimated to have declined by 2% in 2016.

The UK remains the leading study destination by far, but its market share eroded somewhat in 2016, with demand shifting to other English-speaking host countries in Europe and to Malta in particular.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/german-outbound-language-study-dipped-2016/

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Enrolment in British ELT fell by 11% between 2015 and 2016, and student weeks declined by 13% year-over-year. Most global sending regions fell off in 2016, with growth in the Middle East and Asia helping to counter significant declines in bookings from Europe.

Also for 2016: the number of junior students exceeded adult enrolment in UK ELT for the first time.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/uk-elt-declines-third-straight-year/

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The number of student visas granted for study in Australia increased sharply in the first three months of 2017, rising nearly 22% compared to the same period in 2016.

This growth is widely distributed among Australia’s top 20 sending markets, and heavily concentrated in higher education and, to a lesser extent, ELICOS, VET, and non-award studies.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/australian-recruiters-fast-start-2017/

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The Finnish government has introduced tuition fees for non-EU students. The new fees are in effect now and are mandatory as of 1 August.

Early indicators are that applications from foreign students have fallen off by as much as 30–40% for the 2017/18 academic year. However, educators and recruiters are now moving to strengthen international recruiting, and a new private venture is based around an ambitious target to host 100,000 foreign students by 2020.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/finland-resets-ointernational-recruitment/

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The Asian Universities Alliance was launched in Beijing on 29 April with an initial membership of 15 universities from across the region and seed funding of US$1.5 million from initiating member Tsinghua University.

The new group will promote student mobility among member institutions and countries, and is expected to be a catalyst for expanded research activity and scholarly exchange.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/top-asian-institutions-form-new-universities-alliance/

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Australia’s Department of Education and Training recently announced plans to produce new reports on the performance of international education agents referring students to Australian providers.

This is the first time that standardised reporting on agent performance will be introduced on a national scale. The initiative is part of a broader effort to strengthen agent quality assurance in Australia, and reflects the significant role that education agents play in international recruitment in the country.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/australia-introduces-additional-reporting-agent-performance/

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The Vietnamese government will introduce new regulations later this year to ease restrictions on enrolment in foreign-owned international schools in Vietnam.

The move is expected to trigger increased foreign investment in the sector and expanded enrolment of local students in English-medium international schools.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/05/vietnam-regulatory-change-expected-spur-international-school-enrolment/

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Rapidly unfolding political events in the UK have left a piece of pending legislation hanging in the balance. The legislation includes an amendment that will effectively remove foreign students from net migration counts in the UK, and the Prime Minister is said to be considering a reversal of her long-standing position that students must be included in migration statistics.

Meanwhile, a recent opinion poll finds strong support for international students among the British public, and that relatively few see foreign students in the UK as immigrants.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/04/uk-net-migration-question-back-table/

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Foreign enrolment in Japan grew sharply again in 2016 to reach nearly 240,000 students. Nearly all students from from other Asian markets with China the largest sender by far and Vietnam accounting for half of overall growth from 2015 to 2016.

Recent-year growth has been driven by a more active targeting of key regional markets by Japanese trade policy, corporations, and educators, and by the country’s clear commitment to boosting employment for foreign graduates.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/04/japans-enrolment-growth-picking-steam/

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Brazil’s Ministry of Education has officially announced the end of the Science Without Borders mobility programme. The programme had sent about 100,000 Brazilian students for studies abroad as of early 2015, and a previous Brazilian administration had announced plans for a further 100,000 scholarships through 2018.

However, funding for Science Without Borders was effectively suspended in late-2015, and this month’s announcement confirms the programme will not continue.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/04/brazil-shutting-science-without-borders/
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