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Many countries have now reopened their borders to welcome the new and continuing students after over two years since the pandemic began. They are preparing incentives for global learners to entice them to pursue international education in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and many more.
According to the data from the ministry of external affairs, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Canada are the most fruitful international education destinations for Indian students. The data stems from the UK permitting capable graduates an extended period of two years for employment and lowering visa fees. The US and their Bill administration allow students with STEM more work prospects, granting travel exemptions, and relaxing visa requirements. Australia is the second-best country in terms of quality of life. Each country offers its own benefits and opportunities, allowing Indian students to have more options.
In a bid to simplify the visa application process for Indian students, the US embassy is set to waive the interview round for individuals who had previously held the country’s visa. Under the new guidelines, students who have previously held any US visa can apply using the drop box service to bypass the in-person interview, reported a leading news daily. Don Heflin, the Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in India, said that the embassy has witnessed a positive response in the number of visa applications this year.
The global higher education market reached USD 77.66 billion in 2020, the same market size is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.3% during the forecast period, reaching USD 169.72 billion by 2028, according to Fortune Business Insights and their research report on the Higher Education Market. The main factor that drove the value to reach such numbers is the continuously increasing costs of higher education.
Minister of State in the Cabinet Office for the United Kingdom Nigel Adams stated a 93% increase in Indian international student enrollments from the previous year. 108,000 study visas were awarded to Indian students in the year ending March 2022. The number was almost double from 2021.
The United Kingdom saw an astounding 500 percent increase in the number of Nigerian international students that were granted sponsored study visas or scholarships. According to data from the British government, the number of scholarships given to Nigerian students increased by exactly 529.5 percent to 58,887 in the first quarter of 2022. The record in the first quarter of 2020 was 9,355.
The University of Alberta, Canada, has removed its IELTS requirement for Nigerian international students. The removal was from an initial request by a certain Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, a Nigerian postdoctoral fellow in Canada. Igbalajobi is from Ekiti State, South-west Nigeria, and made his request through email and Twitter on May 22, 2022.
The European University Association (EUA), along with international counterparts in Africa, the United States, the Arab region, and Asia, got together in Barcelona, Spain, on May 17, 2022 to officially affirm the Global University Associations Forum (GUAF). The forum was for a meaningful, open discussion on international student and researcher mobility, the higher education institutions, and their role in achieving goals set out in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reaching mutually beneficial agreements.
West Bengal Minister Bratya Basu stated that the government supports foreign higher education institutes with a good academic reputation establishing bases in the state, but “the ball is in the Center’s court. This year’s Bengal Global Business Summit featured education as a key sector for employment generation and creation of international quality research institutes so that Bengal can function as a hub for all of the east, northeast and ASEAN countries, the minister said.
As Australia recently reopened its borders, students who have been eager to return to their campuses can do so, and aspirants who have been waiting to apply for admissions can do so without further delay. According to Australian government statistics, as of late May 2022, 300,000 student visa holders had returned to Australia, with more than a quarter coming from India alone. Enrollments from India will surpass 100,000 in the middle of this year, demonstrating the popularity of Australia as a study destination in this post-COVID world.
Former ambassador of Greece to India Yannis-Alexis Zepos said that he sees a trend of a growing number of students from India opting for higher education in Greece. He added that education is affordable for foreign students and there are several scholarships available in different fields of study. He also noted that Greece is attracting Indian students because of the availability of a large number of courses which are taught in English.
The Chinese authorities have updated their Covid-19 visa policy after over two years of the pandemic. The revised policy states that the Chinese Embassy has decided to accept visa applications from students who wish to resume work and re-join universities in the country after over two years. China has yet to announce plans to open flight facilities between the two countries.
The international education sector in Western Australia is beginning to recover after taking a big hit during the pandemic. Student numbers have made a strong recovery since the border opened, according to Angela Hill, Edith Cowan University deputy vice chancellor of education. She added that they are delighted with the number of students who are able to return. She also noted that international students enrich the campuses in so many ways, and enrich the whole student experience.
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