By Melanie Butler
Two million teenagers in India, aged fifteen to seventeen, are to be tested each year in English by assessors trained by Trinity College London in partnership with the country’s Central Board of Secondary Education. It is envisaged that all pupils in the 13,500 affiliated schools will leave with an internationally recognised Trinity/Central Board certificate in speaking and listening.
Four hundred master trainers in India have already
By Matt Salusbury
The Norwegian government is investigating methods of introducing tuition fees for students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Norway is believed to be the last nation in the EEA (EU plus Norway, Switzerland and Lichtenstein) that provides ‘fee-free’ higher education to ‘visa nationals’ from outside the EEA, following the recent introduction of tuition fees by Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland.
The country’s small population and the proliferation of centres of excellence in neighbouring Denmark and Sweden make it hard for Norway to compete on quality or reputation. The country has only one university in the Times Higher Education Top 200 university rankings – the University of Oslo at 185 – so a lack of tuition fees is the principal draw for many overseas students.
Dr Daniel J Guhr of the Illuminate Consulting Group, which had advised Sweden on the introduction of tuition fees, told World University News Service (WUNS) that
International student numbers to the UK have dropped by nearly a third since 2010, a report by left-leaning think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has revealed. Students from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are most affected, with 62, 38 and 30 per cent fewer Tier 4 student visas (predominantly for higher education courses) being issued for nationals of these countries since the coalition government took over three years ago.
A main concern of the government has been reducing net migration to the UK, and ‘the reduction in foreign student numbers is being driven’ by it, Alice Sachrajda, IPPR research fellow, told the Financial Times. However, the report showed that even a 30 per cent reduction in migration by student visa holders would only reduce total net migration by 10 per cent, making very little difference in the medium term.
Despite the seemingly hostile environment for Indian students, the UK remains their most favoured destination, chosen by 21 per cent of respondents in a study conducted by the British Council. India and China are the UK’s largest international student markets.
By Rafaela Peteanu
International student numbers are on the rise in the US for the fourth year in a row, according to the Open Doors report by the Institute of International Education. More than a quarter of a million new international students enrolled in academic year 2012–13 at US institutions, a 9.8 per cent increase since the previous year.
Two out of three of these students came from China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia or Canada. The largest increase – 30.5 per cent – was in the number of Saudi students. In 2004, not long after the 9/11 attacks, there were only about 3,000 Saudi students in the US; there are now fifteen times as many. The influx is probably a result of more relaxed US immigration policies on international students, combined with the sheer size of the Saudi government’s King Abdullah Scholarship Programme. Other significant increases were in students from Brazil, Iran and Kuwait, while Taiwan, Turkey and Nepal were slightly down.
As in previous years the states of