Friday, 28 April 2017

Abroad Visa: Qatar government has brought in new changes in work visa

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Study abroad: Campaign Aim to double share of UK students studying abroad

Study In UK: New target aims for 13.2 percent of students to undertake international placements by 2020 

The new target forms the second phase of the organization’s UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, which since 2013 has aimed to increase the share of students who have an international experience.

Just 6.6 percent of full-time undergraduates in the UK undertook international placements during their degree in 2014. The campaign seeks to increase this figure to 13.2 percent by 2020 in order to “create a new generation of global graduates and a higher education culture in which international opportunities are an aspiration for all students.

Head of outward mobilities programmes at UUKi, said that while the UK has seen visible growth in outward student mobility, progress has been “slow” and UK students “still have low levels of involvement in study abroad compared [with their] counterparts overseas”.

The US-based Institute for International Education launched its Generation Study Abroad programme in 2014, which aims to more than double the number of US students studying abroad to 600,000 per year by the end of the decade. The latest available data show that this figure reached 313,415 in 2014-15, a 2.9 per cent rise since the previous year.

Germany also has a goal for half its student body to spend time abroad by 2020.

One priority for the UK campaign will be to increase mobility for disadvantaged students, who are currently under-represented in this regard.

UUKi’s Gone International: Mobility Works report, published in March, found that the potential benefits of outward mobility can be greater for disadvantaged students than for other types of students.

On average, graduates from more disadvantaged backgrounds who were mobile during their degree earned 6.1 percent more than their peers six months after graduation, while mobile black graduates were 70 percent less likely to be unemployed than their non-mobile peers.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

2016 stands as a record-high enrolment for English language programmes in Australia

Monthly ELICOS commencements, 2012–2016. Source: English Australia

As in many major destinations, the top ten sending countries account for a large proportion of total ELT enrolment. Those top ten senders – China, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, and Spain – represented 76.5% of all ELICOS enrolment in Australia in 2016.

China remains the biggest source market by far, accounting for nearly three of ten ELICOS enrolments last year. Nearly all top ten markets demonstrated growth during 2016 with Brazil (+11.3%), Colombia (+16.1%), Japan (+20.4%), and Spain (+19.8%) – the lone European entry among the top source markets – the biggest gainers for the year.

Also within the top ten were two notable falling markets: Vietnam, which declined by nearly 12% (the equivalent of about 650 commencements), and India, which was off by more than 25%, or roughly 1,500 new students.

Outside of the top ten, Saudi Arabia, the 14th-ranked sending market, and Pakistan, the 20th-ranked source, also registered notable declines, dropping 36.5% (about 1,150 students) and 38.2% (500 commencements) respectively. Taken together, the top 20 source markets accounted for just over 90% of all ELICOS commencements in 2016.

As is the case in most English-speaking study destinations, ELT enrolment remains an important indicator of overall enrolment, in no small part because English training is generally a stepping stone to further study for many students.

In the case of Australia, an earlier Department of Education study found that nearly two-thirds of all ELICOS students progress to further study. Student Exchange Programs and Foundation programmes that prepare students for further study in higher education  will have continued to stronger growth. 

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

France to Attract 10,000 Indian Students By 2020

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault recently visited Bangalore that time they announced a plan to attract 10,000 Indian students to French institutions by 2020, more than doubling the current population of Indian students. In the press, French Foreign Minister said,“In 2016, 4,000 Indian students went to France.  This is 50 times more than that of 20 years ago.  But it’s still insufficient in terms of the quality of the relationship between the two countries.” 

Why the push?France wants to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.  According to the French president and Indian prime minister, both agree that higher education and student exchange programs would continue to strengthen the partnerships between the two countries.  Annual trade between France and India reaches around $8.6 billion.

On the trip, French Foreign Minister also announced the Bangalore chapter of the France Alumni, an online, multilingual digital network to connect international students who have studied at French institutions.

The hope?  To encourage Indian students who have studied in France to work together. French Foreign Minister acknowledged that international student mobility is at its highest level.  He said, “4 million students studied in foreign countries in 2012.  Around the world, international student mobility has become a major issue.  This mobility is a guarantee of freedom.”  He predicted that international student mobility could reach 8 million by 2020—and he wants France and India to continue to have mutually respectful relationships, especially when it comes to higher education. 

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Monday, 3 April 2017

UK government increasing emphasis on transnational education

In a recent conference, the UK minister reinforced the government’s support for an expansion of British TNE programs.

This aligns with the stated intention of a majority of UK institutions to further expand programming abroad.

At the same time, a recent survey of prospective student finds strong interest in UK branch campuses in Europe among both EU and non-EU students.

In the recent year when a British Council/UK HE International Unit report noted 13% growth in British TNE enrolment between 2013/14 and 2014/15. Moreover, a survey of UK higher education institutions at the time found that 4 in 5  planned to further expand their TNE provision over the next three years.

The latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) indicate a further increase in 2015/16 with 673,000 foreign students studying toward British higher education qualifications in TNE programs during the year.

At the recent International Higher Education Forum in London, Under-Secretary of State at the Department of International Trade (DIT), placed a further emphasis on programming abroad.

The government’s stated intention to trigger Article 50 on 29 March, which will mark the beginning of the process of the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Minister said, “Britain may be a small country, but our universities stand tall in the world, Many countries with a large school-leaver population are without sufficient higher education in the country to meet demand. This presents a huge export opportunity for our top-class educational institutions…and we look to fill this demand.”

The Minister noted as well that DIT has recently appointed a new higher education specialist to better support British institutions in expanding their programs abroad.

International Student Survey 2017 point to a strong interest in British branch campuses among prospective students abroad.

Interestingly, the survey focused exclusively on international students who were already considering studying in the UK. It gathered nearly 1,000 responses from prospective students, EU and non-EU alike, over a 24-hour period in March 2017. Among the key findings:

3 in 4 EU students (76%) said that they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to study in a branch campus of a UK university in an EU country other than their own.

58% of EU students said that “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to study in a branch campus of a UK university in their home country;
however, 36% said that they would not be likely to study at a branch campus in their home country, preferring instead to pursue an international experience.

7 in 10 non-EU students (69%) said that they would be “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to study in a branch campus of a UK university in an EU country.

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Just 1L new jobs (0.5%) added in 8 key non-farm sectors.

Just over 1 lakh jobs were added between April 1 and October 1 last year in eight key non-farm sectors of the economy ranging from manufacturing and construction to IT BPO, education and health, according to a recent government report.

Considering that these eight sectors together employ over 2crore workers, the net addition of new jobs amounts to a mere half a per cent of the total. So, it's bad news for the economy and another red flag for the government.

The third quarterly employment report, which was revamped by the government last year with new sectors included and a larger sample size of over 10,000 establishments. The first report, released last year, set the baseline of employment as on April 2016.The report shows that employment is not only inching up at a painfully slow pace but also that aggregate figures hide more severe upheavals. For instance, almost three quarters of 1.09 lakh new jobs added are confined to two sectors -education and health, which added 82,000 new jobs. But the most worrying thing is manufacturing jobs grew by just 12,000 in six months -a rise of 0.1%. This sector, the backbone of the non-farm economy , employs nearly 50% of workers in the selected eight sectors.

It has been the focus of the `Make in India' and `Skill India' programmes, as also of efforts to woo FDI. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP), released monthly by the government, confirms this dire situation with a rise of a only 1% between January 2015 and January 2017.

According to latest data from the RBI, gross bank credit to industries increasing by a mere 0.3%. This includes credit disbursals to micro, small, medium and large industries and together makes up nearly 40% of all non-food credit.

The meagre increase in credit to industry is a symptom of the flagging growth in manufacturing, which is also reflected in lack of job growth.

National income and expenditure released by the government last month.
Growth in investment in fixed capital, known as gross fixed capital formation, dipped by a factor of 10 between 2015-16 and 2016-17, from 6.1% to a shocking 0.6% in 2016-17.

This implies that the corporate sector is not investing in new production arrangements.

In India lack of job growth in recent year. Opportunities are less and employee number are high.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

State Bank of India launches overseas education loan

State Bank of India has launched 'SBI Global Ed-Vantage', an overseas education loan for students who wish to pursue higher education abroad.

SBI Scholar Loan scheme has been specifically tailored for those who get admission to a select list of 100+ top institutions in India covering management, engineering, medicine, law etc.

Its key features include a collateral free loan at a low interest rate. The recent years have seen a steady increase in enquiries for financing studies at foreign Universities. Students seeking global exposure are trying for prestigious Universities like Stanford, Harvard, MIT and INSEAD etc. But the cost of education being on the higher side, they often find it difficult to pursue their studies for want of adequate finance.

The SBI Global Ed-Vantage aims to help those who are pursuing full time regular courses in foreign colleges/ universities. It will cover courses from regular full time graduate/post-graduate/doctorate courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine and management in institutions of the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. The loan amount is upwards of Rs 20 Lakh to Rs 1.5 crore at up to 80% of cost of course is eligible for financing with a 0.5% concession for girl students

Student will be provided with up to six months post completion of the course to begin repaying the loan via EMIs.

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