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Petition to reduce nurses' Ielts standard reaches 9,500 signatures

28-06-2017 Hits:523 Uncategorised Claudia Civinini - avatar Claudia Civinini

A petition calling on the UK's Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to reconsider its English language requirements for foreign nurses has gained nearly 5,500 signatures over the past four weeks...

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Failure to comply with Aviation English standards by both native and non-native speaker pilots and air traffic controllers has led to some frightening near misses, a new independent report has found.

The research, commissioned by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and carried out by linguist Dr Barbara Clark, examines reports of language-related miscommunication incidents.

An institution set up by business magnate and philanthropist George Soros appears to be the target of the new laws imposing restrictions on foreign universities operating in Hungary.

Under the new regulations, foreign universities from outside the EU will need accreditation and have a campus both in their home countries and in Hungary. They will also be barred from awarding Hungarian diplomas without a new agreement between the governments of both countries.

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The UK ELT industry heaved a sigh of relief after the Italian ministry of education invited its own state schools to apply for funding from the latest Pon programmes. These are EU-funded schemes designed to close the educational gap of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the past, several groups of Italian high school students have benefited from these funds to study English in the UK, Ireland and Malta.

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Australia’s plans to make it tougher to gain work visas or claim citizenship in the country have led to angry reactions from universities and refugee campaign groups. Australian universities say plans to axe the 457 visa for skilled migrants could prevent them from recruiting post-doctoral research fellows and lecturers from abroad. And a new diktat that citizenship will only be granted to those with an Ielts level 6 or higher could unfairly impact people with refugee backgrounds, campaigners say.

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