Note From the Editor
It seems that the labor shortage problem is not an issue exclusive to Canada as other countries such as Australia and New Zealand are also experiencing low manpower in certain sectors of their labor force. As international students go back to major study destinations, government agencies are looking to review their internships and post-study work policies in the hope of curbing the shortage. Let’s see how these pan out.
Universities in Australia have urged the government to intervene and provide internships and work placements to up to 100,000 international students. Skills shortages are hurting various sections of Australia’s Defence Force, defense companies, and allied sectors, according to a media release.
The Canadian government has released its Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration for 2022, which highlights the measures done to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on Canadian immigration. The report provides insight into how IRCC has progressed over the previous year and how it expects things to continue in the future. It also makes mention of a program launched by the IRCC in 2021 that introduced a one-time pathway from temporary to permanent residence and was aimed at international students.
Education in Ireland, the Irish government’s national brand that promotes higher education institutions in the country, is having a roadshow in India’s major cities this November. Starting November 19, there will be education fairs that will raise awareness among aspiring global learners about the admission process, courses, visa process, and post-study stay-back option offered by Irish universities. The roadshow will be held in cities like Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore.
A specific pathway is being worked upon to address the concerns of Indian students in New Zealand. This includes some changes in the post-study work visa policies such as curbs on work opportunities for foreign students that come from low-level courses unless they opt to work in courses related to Green List occupations. Green List jobs are highly skilled roles like medical, engineering, and information technology positions that are currently experiencing low manpower in NZ and have clear pathways to permanent residency.
More new data from the Australian government show that international students are indeed returning to the country. Since international borders reopened in December 2021, the number of overseas students in Australia has risen by more than 120,000. By October 2022, international student numbers in Australia had grown back to about 370,000.
With 54 U.S. and Greek higher education institutions participating, International Academic Partnership Program (IAPP) Greece engages cohorts of U.S. and Greek higher education institutions to develop partnerships and foster collaboration. IAPP Greece is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the opportunities for their own institution’s partnership-building capabilities and academic collaboration with institutions in Greece.
There were 19 Indian universities that landed on the Top 200 in this year’s Quacqarelli Symonds Asia Universities Ranking. These universities have improved their Academic Reputation and International Research Network. This is good news as far as the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is concerned as being included in global rankings aligns with the policy’s goals like internationalization of education and research and innovation facilities improvement.
If the Labour Party wins the next General Election, the UK and Scotland may join the EU’s Erasmus+ program again, the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Ian Murray, said in an interview. He made these comments during an interview with The Herald, saying that rejoining the exchange program is in the national interest.
International students from different countries experienced social and cultural immersion in the Mudan community in the Huanggu district of Shenyang, Liaoning province. The activity was called “Studying in Liaoning and Understanding in China” which gave students the opportunity to interact and learn with the elderly and children of Mudan.
South Korea has recently been thrust into the global limelight as an emerging study destination for international students. With at least 40 universities in the latest QS Rankings list, the 10th largest economy in the world is now becoming a go-to place for study abroad aspirants.
The number of non-locals studying at Hong Kong’s universities has bounced back to levels last recorded in 2019. Data from the Immigration Department showed 43,732 non-local students entered Hong Kong last year, 24 percent more than the 35,330 students in 2020, and 4 percent more than the 41,895 students in 2019.
New Zealand hopes to resume international student exchanges with Korean institutions after COVID-19, the country’s Minister of Education Chris Hipkins said in a recent interview with The Korea Herald. Emphasizing New Zealand’s high-quality education system, the minister said that international students could apply for a visa to study in New Zealand at any point and pursue their dreams in a safe and welcoming environment.
The San Mateo Colleges of Silicon Valley specialize in university transfer admission (UTA). International students can begin their college studies as first-year freshmen and then transfer to a four-year institution as a junior to earn their Bachelor’s Degree. This will increase the students’ chances of admission to a four-year university from 30% to over 80% while saving up to $69,000 in tuition. They offer associate degrees, transfer programs, and short-term certificate programs. The programs they offer are best for students with at least a TOEFL 56 or IELTS 5.5.
Acadia University’s Business Administration degree offers students overseas studies, co-op placements, and projects with local enterprises. The students will gain a thorough grounding in business as they work closely with the institution’s professors. They can major in accounting, business technology management, employment relations, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, and marketing. Class sizes are small so the students will receive personal attention.
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