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19-03-2018 Hits:26 News Andrea Perez - avatar Andrea Perez

Life is not getting any easier for university students trying to rent a place to live in New Zealand, writes Federica Tedeschi.

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Monash University and Curtin University, two Australian institutions with campuses in Malaysia, are facing criticism for advising their students not to participate in rallies against the Malaysian government. The registrar of Monash University issued a warning via email to all students, with the prospect of possible ‘disciplinary proceedings’ for any students arrested as a result of their participation in ‘illegal gatherings’. It seems this is the first time that private universities in the country issue such warnings to their students.


Primary school teachers in the state of Karnataka, India (which includes the mega-city of Bangalore) will participate in special training for English language teaching. The programme is organised by the state’s department of public instruction, and aims to involve 5,100 teachers before the end of the academic year.

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Language school association Education South Africa (EduSA) has successfully challenged the South African government over a strict immigration policy which it claimed was damaging the country’s EFL industry. EduSA chair Johannes Kraus said that the association had now reached an ‘amicable’ settlement with the Department of Home Affairs and Higher Education and Training.


In the run-up to of the presidential elections in the West African nation of Ghana, the president’s chief of staff pledged that senior high school students would start learning Arabic ‘at the basic level’ alongside English – Ghana’s only official language - as a subject.

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Russia’s new education minister Olga Vasilyeva has called a halt to programme of mergers of the country’s higher education institutions. The mergers are part of the Federation’s 60.5 billion rouble (£764 million) Project 5-100 to get five universities into the THE World University Rankings and the QS ranking by 2020.


The southern African nation of Namibia has asked schools if they need teachers from Nigeria, ‘especially in English, mathematics and science’, and also recruiting ‘volunteers’ from Zimbabwe. New Era newspaper revealed a leaked email telling schools they were ‘urgently requested to indicate whether there is a need for … teachers’ provided via the Nigerian Technical Assistance Cooperation.

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