Girls slightly outperform boys in English proficiency, says research

Are girls more proficient in the English language than boys? This is a question researchers from Cambridge English Language Assessment have attempted to answer by looking at thousands of test results from teenagers taking IELTS exams between January 2014 and January 2015 Researchers looked at 16-19 year old test takers in 35 countries sitting the exam for academic or immigration ... Read More »

Canada: 10% year-on-year growth in international enrolments

A state-of-play report released this week by CBIE in Canada underlines an overall growth rate of 10% in international student enrolments from 2013-2014, with 336,497 international students studying in Canada in 2014 – up 83% in a decade. Key source countries are China, India, South Korea, France and Saudi Arabia, followed by the US and Brazil. Overall, Chinese students account for ... Read More »

Wales: 1 job created for every 3 non-EU students

The small and beautiful country of Wales in the UK has released a report underlining how integral and essential international education is for the country: £530 million in export earnings in 2014 has been attributed to the sector, which creates 7,600 full-time equivalent jobs in Wales. Almost one in five students in Wales in 2013/14 hailed from overseas and one Welsh job was ... Read More »

OECD: Half of world’s mobile students from Asia in 2013

Asian students continued to represent over half of international students enrolled in tertiary education in 2013, according to the latest Education at a Glance report by OECD, which also shows the proportion of international students is higher at the more advanced degree levels. Its latest report, which was released this week, also notes that the number of students going to study in OECD ... Read More »

UK tops student satisfaction ranking for undergrad study

New research from the UK HE’s International Unit has delivered some good news for the UK: despite policy settings widely considered to be cumbersome, international students rate the UK’s teaching and learning outcomes as excellent, and the country enjoys a higher satisfaction rate overall than its competitor countries. These are topline findings from a new report, International Undergraduate Students, The UK’s Competitive ... Read More »

Study permit delays may hinder Canada’s competitiveness – CBIE

Students from Nigeria wait an average of 216 days for a study permit to allow them to study in Canada, according to statistics published by CBIE. The data shows wide variation in the time it takes to process study permits for prospective students from different countries, along with an overall rise in processing times in 2015 over 2014. CBIE’s A World of ... Read More »

US, UK set to lose market share of mobile students in next decade

The US and the UK will see their market shares of globally mobile students decline over the next decade as provision of education in traditional origin countries increases alongside their own ambitions to attract foreign students, according to a study by the British Council. Although the US and UK won’t be knocked from their top destination perches, the report urges ... Read More »

Thai Military Court Jails Woman in ‘Secret’ Ruling Over Facebook Posts

A Thai military court has jailed a woman for over nine years for royal defamation, an official said Wednesday, the latest in a series of harsh sentences to raise concern about the draconian law. The most recent high-profile cases include a probe into the US ambassador for comments he made about jail terms under the lese majeste law, and charges ... Read More »

Hyeon Soo Lim: Canadian pastor given life sentence in North Korea

A North Korean court has sentenced a Canadian pastor to life in prison with hard labour for what it called crimes against the state. Hyeon Soo Lim, from the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, was given the sentence after a brief trial before the North’s supreme court on Wednesday. He had been in detention since February. Relatives of Lim ... Read More »

Japan upholds rule that married couples must have same surname

Japan’s supreme court has ruled that a 19th-century law forcing married couples to use the same surname – almost always that of the husband – does not violate the constitution. The court’s ruling on Wednesday will be seen as a setback for women’s rights inJapan, just as the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, pushes for a greater role for womenin the ... Read More »