Note from the Editor
While the US emerges as the dominant study destination for world leaders, overtaking erstwhile leader the UK, its visa processing delays persist. Meanwhile, Australia’s leading universities are pushing to streamline their own visa processing so they can better help address the country’s critical skills shortage.
Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) recently released its annual analysis of how many world leaders received their education abroad, revealing that the US continues to dominate as 67 active world leaders have received their education there.
The third chapter of the 2022 Canadian Student Wellbeing Study showed that domestic students express significantly more stress than international students, although foreign students are twice as likely to say it’s been difficult being away from friends and family.
Heads of universities want tuition fees to be increased nearer the £24,000 a year paid by international students. Vice-chancellors in England and Wales say they have to take more undergraduate students from countries such as China and India to boost their coffers.
Ireland recently announced the opening of a new scheme for displaced Ukrainian refugees that will enable them to continue further education. This scheme will allow any person under the Temporary Directive access to Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses.
Leading universities in Australia are promising to refill hundreds of jobs as the country faces a critical skills shortage. Universities Australia say they can help address this issue but are requesting migration pathways and post-graduation work visas for international students be simplified.
The number of people entering New Zealand on work or student visas is on the rise although it is still well below pre-pandemic levels. The latest visa figures from MBIE show that the number of those arriving on student visas has risen for six consecutive months, from a negligible 93 in January this year to 4,152 in July.
Visa processing delays continue to be a major problem for the US. According to the latest US State Department data, wait times for interview appointments for student visa applicants are averaging 49 days as of July 2022–five times longer than average wait times pre-pandemic.
International graduates with Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP) that were extended for 18 months in 2021 need not worry about them running out because they qualify for an open work permit under new IRCC measures.
In the coming school year that starts September 23, about 300,000 new foreign students will be enrolled in Iranian schools. They will join the 560,000 foreign students who are currently studying in schools across the country.
Universities and higher education institutions across India will now be allowed to create up to 25 percent supernumerary seats for international students in their undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programs. There will be no entrance tests for these admissions.
In a recent conference that reviewed the training and management of overseas students in Vietnam, Deputy Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Van Phuc urged the universities to improve their programs and international cooperation to attract more international students.
According to the British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis, India is likely to overtake China in the number of overseas students going to the UK as the number of visas issued to Indian students went up from 20,000 five years ago to 100,000 last year.
Brescia University College is the only university in Canada where all undergraduate programs are exclusive to women. Located in London, Ontario, Canada, the university was founded in 1919 as a Roman Catholic affiliate of the University of Western Ontario by the Ursulines, an organization of Catholic women. The institution was once known as Ursuline College but was later renamed in 1963 after the Italian city of Brescia where the Ursuline religion institute was founded.
They have 25 programs and the average class size is 29 students. International students from 36 countries around the world represent 13% of the student body. While all undergraduate programs are exclusively for women, the Preliminary Year program and the Masters of Science program are co-education.
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program of Bay Atlantic University provides the students with an intellectual foundation, experience-driven knowledge, and problem-solving skills. It also imparts to the students the necessary knowledge and experience to excel as entrepreneurs in today’s highly competitive global business environment.
The MBA degree is earned by completing the program course requirements of 36 credit hours (12 courses of 3 credit hours), of which 24 credits are core courses and 12 credits are concentration elective courses. To qualify for the MBA degree, students must meet all core and concentration elective credit requirements.
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