International students arriving for the
September semester faced delays in the
processing of their residence permits and
risked not being able to start their course.
Russia plans to simplify the ability of
international students to work while they
study, aiming to make the country more
appealing to international students while
also reducing the number of dropouts.
The Chinese government plans to
launch a new English proficiency
test to improve and standardise how
the language is taught. Having been
developed since 2016, the National
English Testing System is due to be
tested in 2020.
Universities around the world
recalled exchange students
in Hong Kong after months of
protests in the city. The decision
came after six Hong Kong
universities announced they
were closing due to the unrest.
There was also an increase in the
number of international students
in Hong Kong enquiring about
With a boom in the use of WeChat for
making payments, Chinese students
at 11 universities and high schools
in South Korea can now use the app
to pay their tuition fees and avoid
the need to pay in cash or through
The government has passed a law
that allows overseas higher education
institutions to open facilities in the
Philippines while also allowing
Filipino institutions to open facilities
overseas. The law aims to modernise
the higher education and make the
Philippines “globally competitive”
in the sector.
Some 1,012 secondary
teachers in Kazakhstan
have received training in the
English language as part of the
Ministry of Education’s push to
improve their ability to use and
teach in English.
Sannam S4’s report
‘Studying abroad in 2019:
An Employability Premium for
Indian Graduates?’ showed
that returned students from
the UK are facing a lack of
opportunities as some Indian
employers do not recognise
UK university experience.
Mandarin language study has been introduced
at eight schools in Saudi Arabia in line with an
announcement the Saudi crown prince made after
a visit to Beijing in 2019.
Israel has launched a “Study
in Israel” campaign. It hopes
to double the size of its
international student body,
which currently numbers around
12,000 international students,
announcing that it would invest
US$120 million to do so.
AMIDEAST, the US organisation which offers
services including English language programs and
workforce development, announced it had bought
the American Centre Alexandria to enable education,
training and language test services in Egypt.
Wuhan coronavirus has disrupted the
travel plans of at least 100,000 Chinese
students who have been unable to get to
Australia in time for the 2020 academic
year. Online study is being touted as a
temporary solution to enable them to start
or continue their courses.
New Zealand saw a 6% decline in the number
of enrolled international students over the
previous year, welcoming just over 117,000
students in 2018.