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It is a fact that many international students look to acquire work in their host country after they graduate. This is why the immigration policies of a country have a huge bearing on the success of recruiting international students and retaining their brainpower.

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Switzerland, largely popular for the majesty of its landscape, has long been known for providing high-quality education, with its well-regarded research outputs and student-centered teaching methods. The Swiss education system is, in fact, considered as one of the most progressive in the world.

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The Russian Federation or Russia is a fascinating study of contradictions. It is the largest country in the world, yet only comprises 1.87% of the world’s population. It is a single country with a multiplicity of rich and vibrant cultures yet is perceived as drab and unexciting. The people are described as “quintessential party people,” yet they are associated with conflict. Russia also has an impressive resume when it comes to famous academics, yet some of its most prominent universities failed to make the grade in a 2012 audit.

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Student recruitment agents are integral not only to the overall success of higher education institutions but to global learners’ academic aspirations as well. Beyond processing documents for admission, travel arrangements, and accommodation, they are also considered advisors who help international students in their journey.

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While I normally share my insights on research by external sources, I thought it would be helpful to make a comparative analysis of two agent surveys we did in the midst of the pandemic. It showed some interesting trends in the way recruitment agents have pivoted, and the role HEIs could play.

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In this age of coronavirus, online education has become not just a luxury for those who want to study at home, but a necessity to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty members.

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So much has been written about how the UK has been facing complex challenges that directly affect higher education institutions (HEIs). Aside from COVID-19, which all countries have to deal with anyway, the UK also has to address the effects of Brexit on the UK’s status as a favored destination for international education.

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So much has been written about Canadian international education in recent time, because despite the decline in international enrollment numbers in the majority of academic destination countries in 2020, Canada has continued to emerge as one of the most, if not the most, successful in handling the challenges hurled by the pandemic to the education sector.

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In the first months of 2021, the US higher education sector continues to work double-time to reverse the impact of the global pandemic and the Trump administration’s policies in enrollment trends, particularly the decline in international students.