While international students studying in Egypt currently generate US$186 million for the Egyptian economy, this figure is low by international standards. An ambitious government plan aims to double the number of international students by 2020-21 and increase their contribution to the country by as much as US$700 million.
The Federal Government will abolish the 457 visa and replace it with two new visas, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. Current visa holders will not be affected by the changes, which will see the introduction of two new temporary skills visas — a two-year visa and a more specialised one for four years "targeted at higher skills".
More than 20% of higher education courses run by Thai universities fail to meet required standards, according to the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). According to Isara News Agency, the OAG recently sent a letter to the Office of the Higher Education Commission (Ohec), urging the body to weed out all substandard programmes operated by higher education institutions nationwide to improve the quality of the courses they offer.
Just twelve months ago, “fake news” would have sounded like the type of phrase a toddler would make up to avoid blame or discipline. But since the candidacy and election of Donald Trump, the term has emerged as a constant criticism by politicians and citizens on both sides of the aisle, predominately on social media, where stories are shared often because they align with philosophies, even if content is erroneous.
Four universities may be at risk of losing their law degree accreditation after the Council on Higher Education (CHE) found “serious” weaknesses in their LLB programmes. This would not affect students currently registered for LLBs, but if North-West University, Unisa, the University of the Free State and Walter Sisulu University fail to rectify issues within two years, they will have to close their law programmes.
The program is the first in the nation to offer free tuition at a state’s two- and four-year publicly funded schools. It was enacted just weeks before the May 1 deadline for most students to decide where they will matriculate, a choice that for many families involves weighing one school’s financial aid package against another’s.