If the UK wants to remain a key global player after Brexit, the intake of foreign students must be protected

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 24th, 2017 by steve

“In the wake of last month’s triggering of Article 50, the tumultuous prospect of a hard Brexit has been widely speculated on. Sources say the economy has fared surprisingly well since the referendum, with growth both in the manufacturing and service sectors. But evidence suggests its effects have already begun to hit higher education …” (more)

[Dave Wheeler, Independent, 23 April]

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Is UCC using non-EU students as ‘cash cow’?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath has accused University College Cork (UCC) of using non-EU medicine students as a ‘cash cow’ while Irish students are left without places. Non-EU students are liable for higher fees than EU students, and in recent years UCC has both increased their fees and taken in more of them …” (more)

[David Linnane, Evening Echo, 12 April]

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Record numbers of foreign students studying English in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Record numbers of international students are studying English in Ireland, according to the latest figures.Last year saw an 11% increase in language students, despite recent school closures. A total of 119,000 students learned English in Ireland in 2016, up by 11,871 on the previous year …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 March]

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Brexit is a big opportunity for Irish universities, says education firm

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A global education firm which is setting up in Ireland to recruit international students to Irish universities says Brexit represents a major growth opportunity. Latest figures show the volume of international students applying to UK colleges is falling, while the number of international applicants to Irish universities has jumped by 17% this year …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 29 March]

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President Deeks Petitioned Government to Fast-Track 220 International Student Visas Last Summer

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Last summer UCD President Andrew Deeks petitioned the government minister for Education Richard Bruton and Justice minster Frances Fitzgerald to fast-track 220 international student visa applications …” (more)

[College Tribune, 28 March]

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Four Mega-trends in International Higher Education – Economics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2017 by steve

“If there’s one word everyone can agree upon when talking about international education, it’s ‘expensive’. Moving across borders to go to school isn’t cheap and so it’s no surprise that international education really got big certain after large developing countries (mainly but not exclusively China and India) started getting rich in the early 2000s …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 17 February]


Motivation in Attracting Non-EU Students to Ireland is Often Cynical

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Few things in the Irish higher education system are more transparent than policy makers and senior institution leadership’s commitment to attracting international students. Their justification often touches on increasing diversity and promoting a more international outlook in higher education …” (more)

[Kevin Donoghue, University Times, 15 February]


Four Megatrends in International Higher Education – Demographics

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 10th, 2017 by steve

International“Last week I, noted that one of the big factors in international education was the big increase in enrolments around the world, particularly in developing countries. Part of that big increase had to do with a significant increase in the number of youth around the world who were of ‘normal’ age for higher education – that is, between about 20 and 24. Between 2000 and 2010, that age-cohort grew by almost 20% …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 10 February]


Extension of ‘stay back option’ for international postgraduate students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish government has agreed to a policy which now allows international postgraduates to stay in the country for up to two years after finishing their degree. The policy extends the Third Level Graduate Scheme to non-EU/EEA residents who have studied in Ireland to be eligible to legally work for 40 hours per week …” (more)

[Maguire Sedgwick, University Oberver, 6 February]

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Brexit offers Irish firms a massive opportunity to tap into the Nigerian education market

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Despite its current economic difficulties, Nigeria is increasingly becoming recognised as a future consumer powerhouse, with a growing middle-class with aspirations rising hand-in-hand with incomes. While the country has had a turbulent past, education has been culturally valued since before British colonisation in the mid-19th Century …” (more)

[Fred Klinkenberg, Independent, 29 January]

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NUI Galway welcomes confirmation that Northern Irish Students will continue to Qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway today welcomed confirmation from the Department of Education and Skills that eligible students from the UK who enrol for eligible courses for the 2017/18 academic year will be able to avail of the Department’s Free Fee Schemes as in previous years …” (more)

[NUI Galway, 27 January]

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EU applications for UK university places down 7%, MPs told

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2017 by steve

“Applications from EU students for places at UK universities have dropped by more than 7% according to latest figures, a committee of MPs investigating the impact of Brexit on higher education has been told …” (more)

[Sally Weale and Caelainn Barr, Guardian, 25 January]

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Foreign students in Ireland face health insurance hikes

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of international students based in Ireland face dramatic hikes in health insurance because their policies are deemed to be in breach of the law …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien and Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 23 January]

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Coming Home to Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“During the last 6 months, Dr Charles Larkin and I have been working together on a project commissioned by the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. Essentially, it is a study into the potential for further student recruitment opportunities with the Irish expatriate community in Asia …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 12 December]

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UK considers plans to nearly halve international student visas

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 13th, 2016 by steve

“The Home Office is considering cutting international student numbers at UK universities by nearly half, Education Guardian can reveal. The threat is being greeted with dismay by university heads, who say some good overseas applicants are already being refused visas on spurious grounds …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 12 December]

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The unglamorous life of an international student

Posted in Life on December 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Studying abroad is something most students dream of. But for Ivan, it was a situation he never saw coming. Upon finishing high school at eighteen, Ivan Chafardeth was determined to go straight into university …” (more)

[Zainab Boladale, Independent, 5 December]


German universities to reintroduce tuition fees for non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 4th, 2016 by steve

Germany“Students from outside the European Union will soon have to pay to attend universities in south-west Germany, where until now, courses have been free. Tuition fees were scrapped in Baden-Württemberg state in 2011, and universities became free from cost in all German states by 2014 …” (more)

[Rachael Pells, Independent, 3 December]

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Third Level Fees – Northern Irish and British students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 1st, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding Northern Irish and British students enrolling in universities here; and if, post-Brexit, their current EU rate fee arrangements would apply …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 29 November]

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The global world of higher education. Or maybe not.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“We are now nearly five months on from the ‘Brexit’ referendum in which a narrow majority of the British electorate voted to leave the European Union. It is generally assumed by commentators (although of course there is no actual statistical evidence) that the key driver of this decision was opposition to immigration …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 8 November]

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Brexit will hit demand for UK HE differently across the globe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 8th, 2016 by steve

UK“Global course search data can give us a clue as to where post-Brexit demand for UK universities may be declining, or perhaps even increasing. Aaron Porter has crunched the numbers …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 8 November]

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