Around The Education World This Week – Issue #6

Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) – The new trend in undergraduate management courses

Undergraduate management courses are now embracing COIL into their curricula to deliver global learning opportunities for students who want to expand their horizons. As travel is uncertain in the new normal, COIL opens the scope to gain international quality education and experience foreign cultures while staying back home.

Northern Ireland students will get access to the Erasmus programme

In a recent announcement, Simon Harris, the Irish Minister for Higher Education, stated that students from Northern Ireland will get access to the EU’s Erasmus study abroad programme even after the UK leaving the scheme post-Brexit. All full-time students studying in third level institutions can access this funding.

UCL wants students to avoid returning for at least seven weeks over recent Covid fears

University College London, the largest campus in the UK, has asked students to stay away for at least seven years, until the end of February. The order came in the wake of the rapid spread of the new, more infectious strain of Covid-19 in the capital.

Malaysia’s international students could be back in January

While the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities predicted that the impact of Covid-19 would last for over half a decade, stakeholders are hopeful that new international students will be allowed to enter the country, as visa processing will resume in January 2021.

Amazon planning to release its Computer science education programme in India

Amazon could soon be offering the Computer science education programme in India. A part of the Amazon in the Community programme, Amazon Future Engineer aims to help more children and young adults, specifically from low-income communities, with access to the resources and skills needed to build a bright future.

Despair for applicants with OPT backlog in US

International students in the US are apprehensive about the delays around Optional Practical Training processing as it could even require them to leave the country. The delays are happening as an impact of the ongoing coronavirus-related crisis, apart from a recent uptick in requests for immigration benefits.

International students in Australia can work over 40 hours a fortnight

According to the recent visa changes announced by the federal government, international students with Australian student visa holders can now work for over 40 hours a fortnight, provided they work in the agriculture sector. The initiative aims to support the Australian farmers who are struggling to find workers during the pandemic.

DfE advises international students to delay their travel plans to the UK

In a recent announcement, the Department of Education has advised international students aspiring to study in the UK to postpone their travel plans unless the course they are pursuing requires them to be here from January 4. England has also implemented mandatory COVID-19 testing for international travellers before they depart.

China does not know when international students will be allowed to return

The fate of the international students planning to get higher education in China is still uncertain as the country is yet to establish a stance on when they will be allowed to return to the country.

International students in the US can continue to study online

While international students in the U.S. must normally be in the country when studying to hold their student visa status, the pandemic has changed things significantly. Students enrolled in March 2020 have been permitted to continue their studies online without endangering their immigration status.

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