Waiting times for residence permit application
interviews at Swedish foreign missions created a
“bottleneck” that prevented some students from
studying in Sweden. Official statistics showed that
the number of non-EU fee-paying students in higher
education across Sweden increased by 24% on
2017/18 figures. And the government announced
it plans to extend post-study work rights for non-EU
students to one year.
Following reports that the Anglo-American School of Moscow
was to go without 30 incoming foreign teachers after Russian
authorities rejected their visas, Russia’s foreign ministry
‘softened’ its stance amid signs of thawing tensions between the
US and Russia. The country’s ambitious Project 5-100 aiming to
get five universities into the global top 100 looked unlikely as it
has less than a year left to achieve its main goal.
The number of international
students studying at Chinese
institutions reached more than
492,000 in 2018, marking just a
0.5% increase on 2017 figures.
Taiwan reacted to increased
pressure to tackle rising brain drain
as more and more young people
are headed overseas for work
and study – over 40,000 students
applied for study visas abroad in
2017, according to a report from
the Ministry of Education.
The Ministry of Education and
Training expressed concerns that
the quality of foreign language
instruction in the country is
preventing English proficiency
goals from being met.
IDP launched a new
hub, relocating its regional
headquarters to Singapore,
in a move the company said
would better facilitate the
needs of its students.
AFS launched a Global Citizen
Scholarship Program for high school
students from Greece to participate
in an exchange program abroad.
Taleemabad, an educational
app, is expected to reach
nearly 1 million children across
the country by the end of 2020,
offering access to parts of the
primary school curriculum.
UK universities claimed the top three
international institution spots in Dubai as
the government’s Knowledge and Human
Development Authority revealed the results of
its first branch campus classification ratings.
There has been a surge in
international students heading to
Cyprus, where numbers grew by
more than 10,000 since 2016.
With more than 27,000 non-
Cypriot students in the country,
there are now more international
students than local ones.
India’s higher education
institutions hosted a total
of 47,427 international
students from 164 countries
in the academic year 2018/19
making up 0.13% of the
total enrolments in higher
education, figures revealed.
The government of South Australia released a strategy for developing international
education in the region, aiming to increase its value to AUD$3 billion by 2023. Protests
over Hong Kong’s extradition laws became violent at University of Queensland’s St Lucia
campus in Brisbane, bringing back concerns of Chinese influence on university campuses.
Education minister Dan Tehan announced the government would develop guidelines to
tackle foreign interference on university campuses and protect research.