Note From the Editor
The number of international students going back to their chosen study destinations continues to grow with countries such as the U.S. and Ireland nearing pre-pandemic enrollment levels. Reports also show that the U.S. has issued a record 82,000 student visas in India. If the trend holds, 2023 may be the year when international education can truly say, “We’re back.”
The Institute of International Education (IIE) noted in a report that after experiencing significantly fewer new international student enrollments in 2020 and 2021, U.S. universities had an uptick in applications for admission. For the academic year 2022–2023, 65% of the 559 institutions saw an increase in the number of applications from overseas students across all institutional categories.
In 2015, applications for student visas from India were almost the same in number as those from China. Seven years later, between January and June, approximately half of all student permit applications were from India. According to analysts, specific events have recently triggered a sharp increase in the number of students coming from India.
According to the New York Times, Queen Elizabeth II witnessed an epic social and economic shift in her 70 years on the British throne. International students have responded to the queen’s passing following her reign which was the longest in the history of the Royal Family.
Ireland has again proven that it is one of the favorite destinations for international studies in Europe. Recent statistics from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) have shown that the number of global learners in the country has returned to pre-pandemic levels. The HEA has revealed that, in the school year 2021/2022, 20.6% of students are enrolled in business, administration, and law; 17.5% in health and welfare; 13.9% in arts and humanities; and 11.7% in engineering, manufacturing, and construction courses.
Aspiring global learners from India are on an upward trajectory as the United States of America had already issued a record 82,000 student visas this year. This is about 20,000 more than last year’s record of 62,000 issued student visas. As one of the favorite destinations for Indian foreign students, the US has welcomed over 12% more Indian students in 2021.
Plans to diversify New Zealand’s international education sector have been rebooted now that borders are open again. According to Education NZ Asia regional director Ben Burrowes, diversification will enable local students to learn alongside young minds of different nationalities, cultures, and religions. India and China have been the top sources of inbound global learners in NZ.
The U.S. News & World Report has released its latest college rankings. These new rankings have an updated SAT/ACT calculation, a more thorough measure of faculty resources, and revised categories. U.S. News has been ranking higher education institutions based on academic quality and an emphasis on a variety of rates, such as graduation and retention rates.
Nova Scotia is putting its best foot forward as it launches a pilot program to help international student graduates get the information and coaching they need to immigrate to the Canadian province. The program is called the Post-Graduation Immigration Support Pilot (PGISP) program.
International students from Malaysia are now actively pursuing their international education aspirations as the COVID-19 situation in the country is slowly getting under control. Malaysian international students are currently looking at Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand as primary study destinations.
The Ministry of Education (MOE), after obtaining the approval of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), issued a directive on Tuesday to tertiary education institutions nationwide, saying that foreign students holding valid residence cards or arriving under special programs would be eligible for extra entry slots should the weekly cap be already reached on the week they arrive.
To reduce the shortage of student housing in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has introduced the National Student Housing Action Plan 2022-2030, which will offer an expansion of 60,000 affordable student housing for the next eight years. According to a press release by the central government, this initiative intends to offer accommodation to address the influx of international students reaching the Netherlands.
Yucatecan students from state higher education institutions continue to learn and increase their level of English abroad. This is part of the 2023 International Mobility Program to Canada and the United States, which aims to promote the internationalization and strengthening of English proficiency among outstanding students with low economic resources.
Paul Smith’s College is a private institution in New York that was founded in 1946. Its 14,000-acre campus is one of the largest campuses in the world. According to the Best Colleges in U.S News, Paul Smith’s College ranks first in Best Undergraduate Teaching and 19th in Regional Colleges North out of 54 schools. It offers student-focused academics with more than 20 bachelor’s programs and five associate programs.
Paul Smith’s College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The BS in Forestry and the AAS in Forest Technology programs are accredited by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The College-owned forest is certified by the SmartWood Program, a certification organization accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Business at Lakeland College provides the students with options in their diploma program, a general business administration major, or a more specific area of study. Students can pick courses that match their interests and career needs. They can choose an Accounting major, General Business major, Marketing major, Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment major, or Small Business and Entrepreneurship Major. The Administrative Professional certificate program is also open to international students.
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