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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 and access 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 and access 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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University lecturers must remain educators, not border guards

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2014 by steve

“The increasingly stringent control of student migration by the Home Office is damaging both the integrity of our relationships as teachers with students and the future of our universities …” (more)

[Les Back, The Conversation, 4 March]

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Universities being used as proxy border police, say academics

Posted in Governance and administration on March 3rd, 2014 by steve

“Academics accuse UK Visas and Immigration of undermining trust between universities and students in crackdown …” (more)

[Alexandra Topping, Guardian, 2 March]

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Student visas acquired by ‘fraud’, undercover reporters discover

Posted in Fees and access, Legal issues on February 10th, 2014 by steve

“Student visas have been acquired through a network of unscrupulous immigration agents who sell forged bank documents and provide ‘stand-ins’ to sit English language exams, according to a new investigation …” (more)

[Kunal Dutta, Independent, 10 February]

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Visa reform needed to attract investment

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

“Ireland’s visa regime must become more streamlined to attract investment, students and tourists, business chiefs have warned …” (more)

[Colm Kelpie, Independent, 24 January]

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UK universities suffer first fall in foreign students since records began

Posted in Fees and access on January 23rd, 2014 by steve

“Evidence of the impact on higher education of ambiguous signals from a British government determined to cut net immigration has emerged in the form of the first recorded decline in enrolment of international students from outside the European Union …” (more)

[David Jobbins, University World News, 23 January]

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Dramatic fall in non-EU students at UK universities ‘appears to justify’ immigration policy fears, says expert

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2014 by steve

“The number of students from outside the EU coming to study at UK universities has fallen for the first time, with a particularly dramatic drop in the number of students coming to the UK from India and Pakistan, according to official figures …” (more)

[OUT-LAW, 20 January]

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Fingerprinting students at University of Ulster is ‘incredibly unjust’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2013 by steve

“Fingerprinting international students at a branch of the University of Ulster is ‘incredibly unjust’, a union has said …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 26 October]

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Spying on academics will not help fight terrorism

Posted in Legal issues on July 15th, 2013 by steve

“Universities in this country are under increased pressure to share information about the activities of students and staff whether for immigration purposes, in relation to activism on campus or even in relation to academic research projects …” (more)

[David Miller, The Conversation, 15 July]

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Hope for J1 students as €500 fee for employers may be removed

Posted in Governance and administration on June 14th, 2013 by steve

“A leading US congressman said he was hopeful proposed changes to the J1 student visa can be removed from the draft immigration bill. The changes would mean Irish students could not obtain a J1 visa unless a US employer or sponsor agrees to pay a €500 fee …” (more)

[Sam Griffin, Independent, 14 June]

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