13 February 2024 at 10:30 am

Around the world in five

Education news stories from our key partner countries around the world 

Around the world in 10


The rapid increase in educational agencies in China, up 242.48% since 2021, has fragmented the market, requiring universities to intensify their efforts in vetting agencies. Despite the challenges, this diversification could lead to improved services and lower costs for students and families. 


North America 

Canada will cap international student permits at 360,000 for two years, a 35% cut from 2023, with exclusions for master's and PhD students. This move aims to manage the rapid growth of international students, with a review of permit applications in 2025 and changes to post-graduation work permits. 


South America 

Argentine agencies saw a surge in students traveling abroad in 2022, primarily to the UK, Canada, and the USA. Language courses remained dominant, with rising interest in secondary and higher education sectors and more bookings for junior programs, indicating a recovery in group travel for young learners. 



British students not being ‘squeezed out’ by overseas applicants, say universities 
UK universities deny disadvantaging domestic students in favour of international applicants, highlighting that different entry requirements for foundation programs are not indicative of unfair practices. Data shows increased enrolment of UK students at Russell Group universities, with a balanced intake of international students, emphasizing the importance of global students for financial sustainability amidst fixed domestic tuition fees. 



Africa's job skills gap is widening due to tertiary education not aligning with economic needs, with most countries below the global average for higher education enrolment. Curriculum reforms are needed to include digital and entrepreneurial skills to address unemployment and enhance competitiveness. 


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