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The World Taekwondo Federation caused much amusement over the weekend after announcing it was to change its name because of the ‘negative connotations’ of its acronym. It will now be...

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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

By Melanie Butler and Rafaela Peteanu

This article was published in the EL Gazette print edition in February 2014. All the information contained in it was accurate at the time we went to press.

Unscrupulous agents have lured Romanians into the UK with promises of free money for studying at private colleges, Gazette research reveals. Our investigation followed the announcement that the UK government had ‘frozen’ student maintenance grants for Romanians and Bulgarians, who have been the subject of much anti-immigrant rhetoric in Britain in the run-up to the lifting of work restrictions on the citizens of the two countries.

Despite the press focus on these two nationalities, all EU students have been affected. Since last November student financial support has been suspended for all UK and other EU citizens applying for designated courses below degree level at 23 named private colleges. The suspension initially runs only for the academic year 2013–14.

Agents aggressively marketing ‘free’ courses may have been behind the surge in demand for loans from EU nationals. Adverts on Romanian language websites

January 2014

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By Matt Salusbury

As we went to press, teaching staff at several campuses of troubled international higher education institute for computer science Supinfo were being reimbursed for pay arrears due – arrears that date back at least three months, and in some cases up to three years (But see update below).

Headquartered in Brussels, the private-sector Supinfo International University delivers courses taught mostly in English. There are some 23 Supinfo branches and franchises in France, as well as over thirty campuses elsewhere.

In November classes at Supinfo’s Toulouse campus were interrupted by two teachers armed with

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