English language schools take legal action against Department of Justice

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on November 11th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Dublin-based English language schools Academic Bridge and NED Training Centre have issued proceedings against the Department of Justice in the High Court today following the department’s decision to introduce new accreditation requirements for English language courses this year …” (more)

[Leanna Byrne, Business Post, 10 November]

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Don’t let immigration policy push students and academics away from the UK

Posted in Governance and administration on October 23rd, 2014 by steve

UK“The UK has taken a bad turn in its attitude towards foreigners. I am a Portuguese national doing biomedical research for the NHS and King’s College London in collaboration with very talented staff from all over the world …” (more)

[Filipe Gracio, The Conversation, 23 October]

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Students and workers queue overnight in search of visas

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Foreign students and workers are facing a winter of shivering overnight queues in Dublin to have visas renewed. Students financially crippled by the closures of seven English language schools this year are being doubly punished as they have been told they have to pay fees to new schools if they want their visas renewed …” (more)

[Jim Cusack, Independent, 28 September]

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Some foreign language schools were ‘visa factories’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Another sector governed by light touch regulation; another mopping up exercise. Two Ministers stood shoulder to shoulder yesterday and assured international students that the ‘necessary’ level of inspections would be put in place to guarantee they would no longer be prey to rogue foreign language schools …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Students from closed colleges must be in education for immigration reasons – Minister

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“International students affected by college closures must now be in full-time study to comply with their immigration requirements the Minister for Justice has said today …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 2 September]

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Tighter regime for issuing of student visas announced

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“A tighter regime for the issuing of student visas is the cornerstone of the Government’s new plan for regulation of the international education sector in Ireland …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 2 September]

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State targets operation of English schools

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 2nd, 2014 by steve

“The Government will today outline measures to prevent abuse of the student immigration regime which was highlighted by the abrupt closure of several English language colleges this year …” (more)

[Harry McGee, Irish Times, 2 September]

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Universities lack the lobbying clout to exempt students from migration target

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“A recent joint report by British Future and Universities UK has criticised the Coalition for imposing unnecessary limits on the numbers of foreign students allowed into the country …” (more)

[Tim Bale, The Conversation, 27 August]

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The British public embraces foreign students; politicians should do so too

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 26th, 2014 by steve

“The government likes to give the impression that it is cracking down on immigrants. The attempts extend to those who might better be thought of as paying guests: foreign students …” (more)

[Tim Wigmore, New Statesman, 26 August]

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O’Keeffe’s language school breached visa rules

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 24th, 2014 by steve

“Flagrant breaches of student visa rules at a college for international students where former Education Minister Batt O’Keeffe was president are exposed in documents published today …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 May]

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Ex-minister’s move into poorly-regulated sector raised eyebrows

Posted in Governance and administration on May 24th, 2014 by steve

“Former education minister Batt O’Keeffe raised eyebrows in education circles when it emerged he was getting involved in a private school catering for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 May]

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Overseas students and visa rackets; Private college numbers jump 22%

Posted in Governance and administration on May 22nd, 2014 by steve

“About a decade ago Finfacts highlighted how some of the private education services companies were using agents overseas to attract foreign students – mainly from South Asia – to Ireland on the expectation that they would eventually be allowed stay permanently in the European Union …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 21 May]

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Task force to ‘accommodate’ language students

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“An interdepartmental task force has been set up to manage the fallout from the recent closure of a number of private language colleges. The task force, which will be jointly chaired by officials from the Departments of Education and Justice, said it had set itself a number of ‘urgent’ goals …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Language schools sector to be reformed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 21st, 2014 by steve

“Some English language schools have abused their status to act as fronts for people seeking work in Ireland, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has warned. He said he and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald brought the matter to Cabinet yesterday and will now move to reform the sector …” (more)

[Niall Murray and Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 21 May]

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Keeping faith with foreign students who come to Ireland to learn English

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on May 17th, 2014 by steve

“The Government has failed to keep faith with those many hundreds of foreign students who came to Ireland to learn English at a language school. Some have found the school they came to attend has been closed, and the fees they have paid may not be refunded …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 May]

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No students of Millennium College were registered with UK accreditation body

Posted in Legal issues on May 17th, 2014 by steve

“None of the students enrolled in courses in a Dublin-based English-language college that closed yesterday were registered with the college’s UK-based accreditation body, the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (Inis) has said …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 17 May]

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Students not registered by Millennium College

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2014 by steve

“Serious issues surrounding the operation of the now closed Millennium College emerged during an investigation by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, it has emerged this evening. The college is the fourth English language school in Dublin to close suddenly and unexpectedly in recent weeks …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 May]

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UK immigration policy is making international students feel ‘unwelcome’, says House of Lords committee

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“An ‘unprecedented’ 10% fall in the number of international science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students coming to the UK to study can partly be attributed to the UK’s ‘unwelcoming’ immigration reforms, a House of Lords committee has found …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 15 April]

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Universities using ‘extreme measures’ to meet visa requirements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 11th, 2014 by steve

“Universities are resorting to ‘extreme measures’ to make sure they do not fall foul of immigration compliance requirements, a House of Lords report has found, such as fingerprinting international students before lectures …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 11 April]

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Students are trapped by the politics of anti-migration

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“In the United Kingdom and much of Europe we are in an anti-migration phase. International students, who provide half of the migration count, are currently trapped by the politics of anti-migration. This diminishes the value of their experience and their education …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, University World News, 14 March]

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