2,500 students owed millions in college closures

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on January 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At least 2,500 foreign students are each owed refunds of between €600 and €6,000 by 10 private colleges which have closed down over the past year. A Sunday Independent investigation today reveals the extent of the student visa controversy …” (more)

[Claire McCormack, Independent, 25 January]

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Meanwhile, In The High Court

Posted in Legal issues on January 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“‘High Court has declared new Dept of Justice regulations for language schools illegal. Rules would have forced closure of many schools.’ Two English language schools in Dublin, Academic Bridge and the National Employee Development Training Centre, had taken proceedings against the Department of Justice in the High Court …” (more)

[Broadsheet.ie, 13 January]

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Theresa May’s overseas students plan ‘blocked’ by Chancellor

Posted in Governance and administration on January 7th, 2015 by steve

UK“Plan to force overseas students to leave the UK after graduation appears to have been blocked by George Osborne …” (more)

[John Morgan, Times Higher Education, 7 January]

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Theresa May defends student immigration policy

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2015 by steve

UK“Home secretary says overseas student numbers could hit 600,000 by 2020 if unchecked after criticism from James Dyson. The home secretary, Theresa May, has defended her plan to expel international students from Britain after graduation …” (more)

[Alan Travis, Guardian, 5 January]

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No Theresa May, we need those foreign graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2015 by steve

UK“Sending students home on qualification is shortsighted vote-chasing. Companies such as Dyson could use these bright sparks …” (more)

[James Dyson, Guardian, 4 January]

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Former Tory universities minister slams Theresa May’s plan to curb overseas student numbers

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

UK“The former universities and science minister, David Willetts, blasts the Home Secretary’s proposal for a student visa overhaul …” (more)

[Anoosh Chakelian, New Statesman, 23 December]

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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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