- 6 Australian Universities made it in the Times Higher Education Top 100
- UK universities to consider reinstating post-study work visa for Indian students
- Applying for a Tier 4 General Student Visa
- New Zealand plans to change English test rules
- Youth employment strategy published
- Northeastern University
6 Australian Universities made it in the Times Higher Education Top 100
University of Melbourne - This internationally recognised research university has maintained its spot in the university rankings. It is #33 this year and was given high marks for its research citations and international outlook. The University of Melbourne is Australia's second oldest university and currently has a student population of 40,128 of which 35% are international students.
Australian National University - Reaching #55 this year, ANU is the only university to have been created by the Parliament of Australia. On another university ranking system, ANU is ranked co-equal 19th in the world (first in Australia) with King's College London by the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.
University of Sydney - Australia's first university is no. 56 this year. Throughout the years, the Univesity of Sydney has been consistently ranked in the top 0.3 percent of universities in the world and boast a strong community which includes more than 50,000 students, 3000 academic staff, and 300,000 alumni.
University of Queensland - one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions, ranked well (#60) inside the world’s top 100 by the Times Higher Education rankings. Furthermore, The University of Queensland has produced numerous alumni with significant contributions to science, arts, medicine, education, business, politics and law in Australia and throughout the world.
UK universities to consider reinstating post-study work visa for Indian students
The United Kingdom (UK), in order to reverse the trend of decreasing international students coming to their country for higher studies, is likely to consider re-instating the post-study work visa facility for Indian students. The policy applicable at present is going to be reviewed to minimise the ill-effects.
In a statement to TOI, the chairman of the highly influential House of Commons Committee Keith Vaz has said that they have recorded a decline of almost 50 percent in the total number of Indian students visiting UK for higher studies, due to which the post-work policy should definitely be reviewed.
Owing to UK's strict visa policy, other competitor countries are benefitting as they offer more lucrative deals when it comes to pursue higher studies. The UK's present post-study work policy is unable to cater adequately to the needs of employers and affects the education sector adversely. This has resulted in the country losing out on the revenue it can earn from foreign students.
The post-study visa policy is likely to return, in a bid to win back the waning Indian student population.
The percentage of international students contributing to the universities in the UK has been enormously high as students contributed around Â£1,003 million in fees to London universities alone.
Following the footsteps of London varsities, Scotland is also working on launching a special post-study work visa facility for Indian students, which will allow such students to work for a minimum of two years in Scotland, after completing their studies in the country.
A policy to reinstate Fresh Talent Working in Scotland Scheme visa is also being considered. This visa will be meant for Indian students to pursue studies in a Scottish institute post which they can work in Scotland only.
Post the modified policy of immigration, Scotland has witnessed around 63% decrease in new entrants from India.
Applying for a Tier 4 General Student Visa
The Home Office refers to this as the maintenance (funds) requirements.
You must have enough money to pay for the course fees for the first year of your course, or the entire course if it is less than one year long. Your CAS will state the fees that you will be required to pay for the first year of your course, or the entire course if it is less than one year long. The Home Office will use the details in your CAS to confirm how much money you need for your course fees.
If you do not need to pay any course fees to your Tier 4 sponsor, your CAS will state that there are no fees due. For example, if you are applying to come to the UK as part of a 'study abroad' programme, and you have paid all of your course fees to your home institution, this will be confirmed in your CAS.
You must have a fixed amount of money to cover your living costs.
If you will be studying in inner London* you will need £1,020 for each month of your course, up to a maximum of nine months. This means that if you will be studying in inner London for a course that lasts one month only, the minimum amount that you will need is £1,020. If you will be studying in inner London for a course lasting nine months or more, the maximum amount that you will need is £9,180.
Note: if you make your Tier 4 application on or after 12 November 2015 this amount will increase to £1,265 per month. Therefore if your course lasts for nine months or more you will have to show £11,385.
If you will be studying elsewhere in the UK, the monthly amounts are lower: you need to have £820 for each month of your course, up to a maximum of £7,380 for a course lasting nine months or more.
Note: if you make your Tier 4 application on or after 12 November 2015 this amount will increase to £1,015 per month. Therefore if your course lasts for nine months or more you will have to show £9,135.
* Inner London is defined as the following London boroughs: Camden; City of London; Hackney; Hammersmith and Fulham; Haringey; Islington; Kensington and Chelsea; Lambeth; Lewisham; Newham; Southwark; Tower Hamlets; Wandsworth; Westminster. You can check which borough your institution is in by entering the postcode of the main study address at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk [^]. If your institution is not in one of the boroughs listed were, then you will be studying in outer London or elsewhere in the UK.
Note: if you make your Tier 4 application on or after 12 November 2015 then you will have to show the higher level of funds (that is £1,265 per month) if you will be studying 'in London'. You will be considered to be studying 'in London' if you are studying at the University of London, or at institutions wholly or partly within London, or within parts of Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. If you are not sure if your institution is considered to be 'in London' you should check with your Tier 4 sponsor before you make your Tier 4 application.
New Zealand plans to change English test rules
New Zealand plans to change English test rules
05 May, 2015
New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is seeking industry consultation on plans to change the English language entry requirements for international students, with proposals restricting the freedom of institutions to use internal assessment for ‘higher risk’ nationalities.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Under the proposed changes to Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, Category 1 and Category 2 level providers will only be able to use internal English language assessments for students from countries with a visa approval rate of over 90 per cent.
A second proposed change to Rule 18 means that Category 1, 2 and 3 providers can only use previous study at Englishmedium schools as evidence of proficiency for nationalities with a 90 per cent visa approval rate.
NZQA will use an annual list of approved countries that achieved over 90 per cent approval rate in the last year, provided by Immigration New Zealand. Countries that are not on the approved list for 2014 include India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Institutions will have to use an approved English language test for students from countries below the threshold, currently: Ielts, Toefl, University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), Pearson Test of English, and the IESOL qualifications from City & Guilds.
NZQA said the change was being proposed because the number of student visa applications declined by Immigration New Zealand over the last year had highlighted English language testing as an issue.
“Immigration New Zealand data provided to NZQA shows that the visa applications in question are more likely to have been declined when tertiary education organisations did not use an internationally recognised test of English language proficiency: i.e. when providers have used their own English language assessment or prior study at schools where English is the medium of instruction as evidence of English proficiency,” said
NZQA in the consultation paper.
NZQA is seeking industry consultation until midMay and is expected to announce final changes in late June.
Youth employment strategy published
The Scottish Government’s Youth Employment Minister, Angela Constance, has recently published a draft Youth Employment Strategy. The strategy pulls together a range of actions across the Scottish Government and beyond aimed at tackling youth unemployment in Scotland, including:
• the development of progression opportunities with the apprenticeship programme
• targeted support to help young people take advantage of job opportunities in growth areas such as energy and the low carbon economy
• intensive support for those furthest from the labour market
• specific financial support to employers to encourage them to employ young people from disadvantaged groups, e.g. care leavers and young carers
• intensive support services for disengaged young people.
The strategy is being taken forward as part of the Government’s commitment to tackle youth unemployment in Scotland (which is higher than the rest of the UK), with a funding allocation of £30 million and the creation of the new Ministerial post.
School of Law ranked No. 1 for practical training
The National Jurist has ranked Northeastern’s School of Law No. 1 for practical training, touting the value of the university’s signature co-op program.