Western universities must try harder to understand Chinese students

Chinese students risk being turned into ideological battering rams; universities must maintain safe spaces for all to learn and debate, says Brian Wong It didn’t take long for Chinese studying overseas to be blamed for the spread of the new coronavirus. Many have reported incidents of name-calling, hostility and even violent attacks in the US

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China: four UK visa application centres to open

prospective students to be able to obtain study visas for the next academic year. Centres in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Shanghai are part of a UK Visas and Immigration phased resumption of services, VFS Global has announced. UK visa services in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia and Fiji will also resume from the beginning of

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Half of international students ‘could shun autumn campus start’

Prospective overseas students are worried about travel restrictions, scholarship complications and finances, Dutch survey shows Almost half of prospective international students say they will not start on-campus study in September because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey carried out for Dutch universities. Facing huge budget shortfalls because of a collapse in global student mobility,

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Visa restrictions eased for English language students in Ireland

Visa restrictions in Ireland have been eased for English language students, meaning that those who remain in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic and meet certain conditions will be allowed to stay for the rest of the year, provided they re-enrol in an online course.  Ireland’s minister for justice and equality, Charlie Flanagan, announced the measures in an

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA VOTES TO END STANDARDISED TESTS

UC plans four years without requirement while it tries to write its own test The University of California’s governing board voted unanimously to phase out the use of commercial standardised testing in its admissions processes, calling the move a critical step to promote equity. In a decision widely expected to set a model for institutions

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UNIVERSITIES’ MOVE ONLINE ‘MUST BE DONE THE RIGHT WAY’

Harry Ashworth should be in the final term of his first year at Oxford University, studying music.  Instead he is stuck at his parents’ house in south London hunched over a laptop, listening to lectures via Zoom. He doesn’t feel that the sudden and dramatic change in circumstances has affected his learning too much, but

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UNITED KINGDOM : UNION WARNS THAT FUTURE OF BRITISH COUNCIL IS AT RISK

The future of the British Council, a key promoter of international education globally, could be in jeopardy due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis on its operations and ability to raise revenue unless the government provides emergency funding, according to the Public and Commercial Services Union. The union launched a campaign to save the

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‘END RELIANCE ON OVERSEAS FEES’, AUSTRALIAN ACADEMICS TELL MINISTERS

Activists campaign for less reliance on international education income, as government flags a ‘supervised’ reopening of borders Australian academics have demanded an end to universities’ financial reliance on international tuition fees, after Canberra hinted that overseas students may be allowed back in to help the sector avert economic catastrophe. The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU)

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WHEN SHOULD BRITISH SCHOOLS REOPEN? HERE’S WHAT THE SCIENCE TELLS US

We need to get children back into education, but a locally managed approach using testing and tracing is the only way The big debate over the past few days has been whether it’s safe to open schools to children other than those those of key workers or classed as vulnerable. However, this isn’t quite the

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POST-COVID, INTERNATIONALISATION MUST BE MORE FLEXIBLE

Balancing the potential of remote learning with the benefits of student mobility for skills will be crucial, say Barbara Lorber and Sabine Prem Austria is currently leading the European nations in easing its lockdown measures, having largely contained Covid-19. Yet Austrian universities remain deeply affected by the pandemic, and very uncertain about how “normal” the

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