Note From the Editor
It was a very interesting week in international education. The UK Prime Minister issued a highly controversial announcement regarding restricting the entry of foreign students and this was met with stiff resistance from many quarters, including government advisors and immigration and economic experts. Let’s see how this develops in the coming weeks.
In a press release from the U.S. Department of State’s Press Office, Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General, it was stated that Nigerians who are currently studying in the United States on an F1 or academic J1 visa may be eligible to renew their student visas without having to go through an interview when they return to Nigeria over the winter break.
Business leaders believe that the economy of British Columbia might benefit from the federal pilot program that permits international students to work full-time. The move, in the opinion of the experts, might aid B.C. firms that are experiencing a labor shortage and give them more flexibility and job security.
International students who are pursuing “low quality” degrees and bringing dependents may face restrictions, according to Rishi Sunak. The suggestion is being considered, according to the PM’s spokesman, after official data revealed that net migration to the UK had increased to half a million. According to The Times, measures to reduce the number of applicants may include limiting admittance to top universities and restricting visas for dependents of students.
Ireland was chosen by more than 5,000 students as their study-abroad destination during the most recent school year. According to information provided by the Irish government, there has recently been a rise in demand for programs that concentrate on cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), agritech, data analytics, financial technology, and cyber security.
The UK Home Office said there were 127,731 study visa grants to main applicant Indian nationals in the year ending September 2022, a 93,470 increase compared to 2019’s 34,261. According to the country’s official immigration statistics, for the first time, Indian students have overtaken Chinese students as the largest group of international students enrolled in the UK.
Shortages in Australia’s labor market can now be addressed through a new program called SEEK. This program aims to connect international students directly with NSW employees throughout the nation’s largest and most diverse state economy. A first in Australia, the SEEK platform will help students determine suitable job opportunities and link NSW employees to a strong, diverse and dependable talent source, which will contribute to economic growth and secure a brighter future for NSW.
Pakistan has the largest US-funded Fulbright program worldwide, sending 150 Pakistanis each year to universities in the US. Out of this number, 100 Pakistani students are earning their master’s degrees, and 50 are earning their PhDs. According to a US report, there has been a 17-percent year-on-year increase in the number of Pakistanis enrolled in the country during the 2021-2022 school year.
Most Canadian international students receiving a study permit in a particular province tend to stay there for their next study or work period, according to a recent analysis. Among those deciding to stay in Canada upon the expiry of their study permit, no less than 60% who studied in any of the 10 provinces in the country or three territories stay in each region.
Education minister Robbert Dijkgraaf has told MPs that he will come up with proposals to ‘manage’ international student numbers early next year, after putting the previous government’s plans on ice. The Dutch universities association has campaigned since 2018 for new rules to allow them to manage the flow of international students and the impact on course quality.
Proposals to cap the number of foreign students coming to the UK would be a “retrograde step” as the north-east faces “acute shortages” of people and skills, says the region’s business chamber. Fergus Mutch, the policy advisor at Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, said the city’s workforce challenges are “a serious barrier to growth.” He added that the move “sends entirely the wrong message to the world about the UK as a place to do business.”
Business leaders say a Canadian pilot project that allows international students to work full time could be economically beneficial, even as student advocates worry about its impact on workload. Under the said pilot project from the Canadian federal government that began on November 15 and will last until the end of next year, international students are allowed to work full-time during the school term.
Migration is a key aspect of making the world more interconnected. Though the pandemic slowed down international mobility, the benefits of immigration as a practice have outweighed its cost with its benefits both for the economies and the prospective migrants.
Montana State University Billings (MSUB) is a public university that offers affordable tuition for students interested in pursuing a certificate or an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. They have 115 academic programs through their five colleges—College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health Professions and Science, and City College.
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