London tops as best student city four years in a row

In the four years that QS has published this list, London has continuously secured its position at number one. “This year’s ranking is once again topped by London. Home to several leading universities, including UCL (University College London), Imperial College London, and King’s College London, the city has been a student favourite for years and has plenty of world-class academic institutions for students to choose from”, says QS about London bagging the top spot once again for the latest rankings.

Ireland’s economy and opportunities attract more international students

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Ireland has emerged with the fastest-growing economy in Europe. According to IBIS World, Irish GDP still grew at a nominal rate in 2020 despite the massive disruption to economic activity caused by COVID-19. A significant growth in GSP followed in 2021 where it doubled from 6.2% to 13.6%, making Ireland the fastest-growing economy in the EU.

Diverse preference of students studying in the UK

An interesting finding from Prospects Luminate’s Early Careers Survey 2023 shows that managing finances overtook mental wellbeing as the main issue faced by young people in the past year. More than half of participants (52%) said ‘Money’ was the biggest challenge of the last year, followed by ‘Balancing commitments’ (51%), ‘Taking care of my mental health’ (50%), and ‘Keeping motivated’ (48%) – these four held a clear lead over other concerns.

Thought Leadership: Elaine Starkey​

Looking back, I never would have imagined that this NSW start up company I’ve been leading so passionately would have found its roots from a visit to Kathmandu, Nepal in 2015Drawing on my well-established relationships with universities and Austrade from my International Student Guide business, I organized an event with a handful of universities for proof of concept.

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QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, has released their World University Rankings 2024. QS has been releasing their World University Rankings since 2004 to provide a credible, research-based, and data-informed tool that can guide students around the globe as they discern which schools are best for them.

Canada’s thriving Entertainment Arts and Digital Media industries

With our world rapidly evolving to produce and consume quality content across various platforms, the entertainment industry is very much alive and booming, and Canada is undoubtedly one of its biggest players. Entertainment is a growing and lucrative business in Canada. According to Entertainment Partners, Canadian film and TV productions generate 117,000 full-time jobs and $5 billion in revenue for the country each year.

Indian students emerge as a top market in the US

The IIE’s Spring 2023 Snapshot on International Educational Exchange, which is based on responses from 527 US higher education institutions, suggests that US educators are stepping up their efforts to attract students in various markets – most especially India. The IIE found that from 2021-2022, the US had more international graduate students studying in the country at 41% than they did foreign undergraduates, which was only at 36%.

GSP happenings around North America

We celebrate our very own Director for North America, Patrick Colabucci, Ed.D, for becoming a board member of the NAFSA China MIG Leadership team. NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. It serves the needs of more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide at more than 3,500 institutions, in more than 160 countries, by working to advance policies and practices that build global citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s interconnected world.

How sustainable are your recruitment activities?

We strive to prioritise students in everything that we do. By joining this year’s B2B agent events focused on a more sustainable student-centric recruitment, we guarantee that students are able to thrive in the institutions they study in, while also ensuring higher retention and conversion rates for our partner institutions.

Australia adds two years to post-study work visas

Beginning July 2023, all PhD programs and more than 400 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs will be eligible for the augmented Temporary Graduate Work visa (subclass 485). Graduates whose visas expire prior to 1 July 2023 may apply for an extension of their work authorization by attending COVID-19 Pandemic event-endorsed Temporary Activity visa (subclass 408) events.