International student mobility to grow more slowly to 2027
A January 2018 research report by the British Council suggests growth in outbound mobility of international students may slow from 5.7 annual average growth as seen from 2000 to 2015 will slow to 1.7 % annual average growth to 2027. India and China are expected to be the source for 60% of future outbound student growth.
Canada opens doors to Irish while other countries close theirs
Canada will welcome around one million new permanent residents by 2020. The multi-year plan was announced by Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, Una Somali immigrant to Canada who said the plan would “result in the most ambitious immigration levels in recent Canadian history, and represents a major investment into Canada’s prosperity now and into the future”. Unlike other countries, the Irish are part of Canada’s plan.
Geographic disparity: US States with the best (and worst) schools
Education Week’s rankings of state high school education systems have changed relatively little over the past several decades. States with the best and worst schools continue to cluster in particular regions, with top rated schools grouped primarily in the more affluent regions of the Northeast and Midatlantic. In an interview with 24/7 Wall St., Sterling Lloyd, assistant director of the Education Week Research Center, noted this year’s report “reflects a mix of strengths and weaknesses along with substantial disparities in the performance of high and low-performing states.”
Laura Bush to speak at NAFSA 2018 International Education Conference in Philadelphia
NAFSA has attracted former US First-Lady, Laura Bush, as guest speaker at its 2018 NAFSA Conference to be held in Philadelphia in May. Mrs. Bush is a known advocate of literacy, education and human rights and as a best selling author and philanthropist. Mrs. Bush also launched the Bush Institute’s First Ladies Initiative in 2013 which promotes access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity for women and girls around the world.
Ireland is becoming a desirable destination for study for English language students with 122,000 students in 2016. This compares to the UK ranked 1st with 635,000; Australia who ranked 2nd with 173,000; the US ranking 3rd with 169,000; and Canada ranking 4th with 154,000. However, the Marketing English in Ireland Chief Executive David O’Grady said its not the number of students but the number of student weeks this industry counts.
Overseas students: Western Australia faces shortfall after Labor’s cuts to migration incentives
International education is Australia’s third largest export industry with revenue growing at 20% per year however the industry warns that Western Australia is loosing international students to other Australian States due to the McGowan Labor government slash to migration incentives.
For the 3rd year, Singapore’s flagship institution is #1 in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings (2018). Tsinghua University has surpassed Peking University to become the top Chinese University with a strong publication output. Check out more Asian rankings according to THE.
National Strategy for International Education 2025 (Australia)
The Australian Government Department of Education and Training has published its first national strategy for international education through to 2025. The strategy expects three broad pillars to enable Australia’s international education sector to be more innovative, future focused and globally engaged. Read the strategy published at the following weblink.
The University of Alberta is one of the world's top 100 universities, and one of the country's top 5! They are located in Edmonton, Alberta, in Western Canada and offer over 200 undergraduate, and over 170 graduate programs. They are well known for their academic research and is a top choice for international students. The University of Alberta:
has more 3M professors than any other Canadian university,
ranks 2nd in Canada for external research funding,
has unique programs that are found nowhere else in Canada (e.g undergraduate paleontology),
is home to Canada's National Institute of Nanotechnology, which is on the main campus.