Top 12 Trending International Education News
March 5 , 2020
International Education In The Time of Coronavirus: An Interview With Prof. Sarah Todd
The MSM team sat down for an interview with Prof. Sarah Todd, President of the Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), on the recently announced postponement of the APAIE 2020 Conference and Exhibition until March 2021 due to the global coronavirus outbreak. At the helm of the regional association and as Vice President for Global at Griffith University, she offers insight into how international education associations and higher education institutions (HEIs) are grappling with the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on international students and entire communities. 
[News Roundup] International Education Continues to Bear the Brunt of Coronavirus Outbreak

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world. Countries like Iran, South Korea, and Austria have raised alert levels and closed schools due to new cases of COVID-19 infections and deaths. Spring break has begun in the United States, but a growing number of schools have canceled or postponed study-abroad programs for their students. Students who were allowed to go abroad are now being recalled to the US. Some of the schools are even covering the extra cost of flight changes for their students. 

Across regions worldwide, schools are taking added measures and preparing entire procedures in case the virus reaches their communities. Meanwhile, international Chinese students bound for New Zealand are still anxiously awaiting news of the travel ban that affects them. Some international students have also expressed concerns over tuition costs and graduation delays due to the outbreak. 
APAIE Conference Postponed To March 2021

The Executive Committee of the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), in coordination with the Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Council for International Education (BCCIE), is postponing the APAIE 2020 Conference and Exhibition until March 2021. The change in schedule comes after the organizers analyzed the risks of the COVID-19 outbreak to the health and welfare of the 2,500 participants and the host community. Since 2006, APAIE has been bringing together international education professionals from various countries to the Asia-Pacific region to share new developments, improve their skills, and network with fellow educators. The 2021 APAIE conference will still be held in Vancouver, Canada.
International Students Contributed More Than $50 Million To North Dakota Economy In 2018-19

A recent study by NAFSA: Association of International Educators shows that international students in North Dakota accounted for more than $50 million of the state’s 2018-19 economy. Across the US, the report states that international students contributed around $41 billion, which translates to support for more than 458,000 jobs during that period. According to NAFSA executive director and CEO Esther Brimmer, international students not only contribute to the US national economy, but also enrich classroom experiences through academic and cultural exchanges, create jobs, provide innovative ideas, strengthen the country’s security, and make the best ambassadors of American culture worldwide.

Indian Students In UK Increased By 93% In 2019

The number of student visas given to Indian students in the UK has risen dramatically from 20,000 in 2018 to 37,500 in 2019. A British High Commission officer says that this 93% increase positions the UK as a prime destination for quality education. The country also offers scholarships for many Indian students. The UK also attracts Indian workers, where last year there were more than 57,000 Indian migrants granted work visas. Experts expect these numbers to rise once the UK implements its two-year post-study visa and its new points-based immigration rules next year. 
Education Is the New Healthcare, And Other Trends Shaping Edtech Investing 

In the past five years, venture funds and private equities have invested $30 billion into education technology worldwide, according to data from Holon IQ, a research firm focused on global education. These investments are ushering in key trends in the education sector. Among them are offering education, particularly online courses, as a perk for employees; proliferation of technology that could amplify mental health problems; and schools wanting to purchase technology that works and not tolerating companies that only promise innovation but do not deliver on their promises. There is a growing demand for classes that teach the English language, something that is likely to continue expanding due to requirements for international education. Data privacy is also becoming an even more important issue in education.
Can Indian International Students Fill The Hole Left By China? 

According to Australia’s Department of Education, Chinese students still lead the pack in the total enrollment of international students for 2019. With the COVID-19 outbreak, some experts expect India to surpass China’s enrollment for 2020. However, there may be some barriers to achieving this milestone, such as Australia’s competition with the UK, which is set to offer a two-year post-study work permit. Also, the Australian Department of Home Affairs has upgraded student visa applications from India to “high risk” status, which entails more stringent admissions requirements. The Australian federal government has also lowered the number of migrants that can enter the country, thus lowering the chances of more Indian students getting permanent residency after completing their studies.
Finnish Students Shun University Education In Post-Brexit Britain 

Statistics from UK’s Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) indicate a downward trend of Finnish students applying to UK universities. Only 805 Finns applied in 2019, which is down 23% since 2015. It is not only Finnish students who seem to avoid the UK, though; applications from other European countries like Sweden, Italy, Estonia, and Germany are also falling. This trend is attributed to the British exit (Brexit) from the European Union. Many of the students say their decision stems from the uncertainty of Brexit’s impact on education and lifestyle in the UK. The application process is also deemed easier in universities within the EU rather than in the UK.
5 Lessons For The Future Of Universities 

Jaci Eisenberg, Head of Academic Engagement for the World Economic Forum, shares five ideas on how forward-looking universities can keep pace with the rapidly changing world today. First, universities can promote lifelong learning by upskilling and reskilling local workers through both internal and collaborative partnerships with government and industries. Universities must also support the social mobility of students worldwide through less costly and more effective processes, including adopting sustainable practices. They must also rethink the concept of rankings versus the values of the metrics used for such evaluations. Finally, universities need to reconcile their past with their present through good-faith efforts.

Immigration NZ Decision Leaves Migrant Facing Deportation

Maia Matubis is supposed to be a student and scholar of the University of Auckland. Instead of studying, she is facing the prospects of being deported by Immigration New Zealand due to health reasons. Matubis has a liver transplant that requires her to regularly receive immunosuppressant medication and go through annual check-ups. According to government rules, a student applying for a visa needs to be “healthy” and the application could be denied if “healthcare is going to be too expensive.” However, Matubis’ family has repeatedly stated that they will pay for the girl’s healthcare fees, which they have been doing since 2016 when Matubis transferred to NZ. The family has sent several appeals to INZ to no avail, leaving Matubis to face a future away from her family.
Keanu Daley Wins Tommie Award, First International Student To Do So 

The community of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota grants its annual Tommie Award to an international student, Keanu Daley, for the first time. The Tommie Award is awarded to a senior student who exemplifies through his or her leadership, scholarship, and campus involvement the ideals imparted by St. Thomas of Aquinas. Daley is pursuing a triple-degree of actuarial science, statistics, and theology, on top of his participation in various clubs. Originally from Jamaica, he shares that he didn’t have a friend or family when he started studying at St. Thomas. Now that he is nearing graduation, he says that he will miss the friends and faculty who allowed him to be part of the community.
6 Tips For International Students In The Netherlands

For students who will be studying in the Netherlands soon, a former international student shares tips to handle academic and social life in the country. These include finding accommodation before flying to the host country, or you might find yourself camping outside the city until you do find a room. Lecturers are strict, so don’t be absent and always come prepared for your classes. International students are required to take out health insurance and even get a part-time job because the cost of living is high. 
SB City College Serves Up Tennis Players From All Around The World

When it comes to international education, academics is what people immediately have in mind. But there is a small but valuable number of international students who study abroad through an athletics program that allows them to be varsity players of their schools. An example is the Santa Barbara City College tennis team, which features international students from Denmark, Japan, Belgium, New Caledonia, Australia, and Morocco. The head coach of the team stresses the importance of having diversity in his team, noting that international students let American players learn how to work with people from different cultures and who have different styles of playing the sport.
Featured Institution: Eton College

Eton College is located in Vancouver, Canada. It welcomes local and international students to its programs in Business Management, Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, Flight Attendant Preparation, and Communication. Graduates transition into good careers in Canada and around the world, such as through its pathway program that allows Eton graduates to continue their education in partner universities around the world. Eton College is accredited as one of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of British Columbia and has been awarded the Education Quality Assurance designation by the Province of British Columbia (BC EQA). Eton College promises outstanding student care in an environment that is multicultural, respectful, and of the highest standards. 
Featured Program: Bachelor's Degree in Physiotherapy

There is a growing need for healthcare professionals who deal with injuries and chronic illnesses. Universidad CEU San Pablo’s Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy answers this need. Students not only understand the theories behind the profession, but also undergo practical training and clinical simulations. Here, they acquire the skills and knowledge to become effective professionals when they complete their studies. They also have the option to take the program in English or bilingual Spanish-English. The curriculum of the program follows the demands of the labor market, with the faculty all being qualified physiotherapists from various fields. The school is one of the oldest private institutions in Spain and has a wide network of alumni and partner institutions.
International Education Conferences & Workshops
March 14-17, 2020 in New Orleans, LA, USA

Overcoming Challenges of Access & Opportunity in Education Abroad
March 17-19, 2020 in New Orleans, LA, USA

Bridging Oceans - Internationalization and Higher Education in the Asia Pacific
March 22-26, 2020 in Vancouver, BC, Canada

March 25-27, 2020 in Kansas City, MO, USA

April 4-5, 2020 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Making a Difference
April 22-24, 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic

May 24-29, 2020 in St. Louis, MO, USA

Crossing boundaries, unlocking creativity
June 2-4, 2020 in Nagoya, Japan

Internship Ability: Accessibility, Scalability, Sustainability
June 9-12, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada

June 9-12, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada

June 22-23, 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Local impact, global influence
June 24-26, 2020 in Moscow, Russia

June 29-30, 2020 in London, UK

Crossing Borders, Connecting Cultures
June 30-July 2, 2020 in Luxembourg
Imagining Our Reach: Elevating the Enduring Impact of Education Abroad
July 22-24, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

August 11-12, 2020 in Auckland, New Zealand

The power of place
September 1-3, 2020 in Toronto, Canada

September 15-18, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain

November 15-18, 2020 in Ontario, Canada
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