Around The Education World This Week – Issue #5

India, UK to collaborate on academic qualification recognition

India and the UK are all set to work together on the recognition of academic qualifications, starting with master’s degrees. In a meeting on December 16, Indian minister for education Ramesh Pokhriyal and UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab agreed to collaborate on the mutual recognition of academic qualifications over the next year.

Call to increase Welsh university exports by 75%

Universities Wales recently released its ‘Building Wales’ Future’ manifesto that calls for a plan to increase Welsh university exports by as much as 75%, to £950 million by 2030. The manifesto comes ahead of the Senedd elections 2021, with the aim to set out its ambitions for Wales’ future. 

60% of international students want to stay back in Germany after graduating

In a survey conducted with 1,200 international student respondents in Germany, it was found that some 60% of them want to remain in the country even after graduation. The respondents stated that the employment opportunities in Germany were the third most crucial factor in opting for the country as a study destination.

Harvard cancels Summer-2021 study abroad programming

In a recent announcement, Harvard Summer School declared the suspension of all study-abroad programming for Summer- 2021, stating its concerns over the ongoing pandemic. According to the administrators in Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, it would not be in the best interests of the students and faculty members to carry out summer programming for 2021 amid the growing global case counts.

Brexit won’t affect the chance of British undergraduates studying in Europe

As the Brexit transition period ends on January 1, 2021, the British students studying in Europe are concerned regarding the changes that lie ahead. Even as they will still be welcome in the European nations, they may have to look for alternative funding to attend EU universities.

Canada: IRCC clarifies study permit rules

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified the study permit rules by confirming to Languages Canada that international students are able to travel to the country for short courses of duration less than six months, regardless of what the official documentation says.

Economics major to be reclassified as STEM by University of Pennsylvania

After years of contemplation, the University of Pennsylvania has decided that the economics major will be reclassified as a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) major in spring 2021. With this, international economics graduates get the option to apply for an additional two years under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme, which increases their chances of getting a non-immigrant H-1B skilled worker visa.

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