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Student visa norms for UK to be more stringent from November

Student visa norms for the United Kingdom (UK) will be made more stringent from November this year, as part of the UK government's Immigration Act. The UK government will be imposing stricter regulations on colleges and universities sponsoring foreign students to pursue their education in the nation. According to academicians and students, the move might result in deterring Indian students from pursuing their higher studies in the UK, which has so far been a favored destination for Indian students. At present, academic institutes in UK can benefit from the Highly Trusted Sponsor status, in...

European universities to teach in English to attract Indian students

One of the biggest advantages the top study destinations like US and UK have is that their mode of communications is in class rooms is English. Even the recent popular destinations Canada, Australia and New Zealand are preferred for the same reason. It is for the same reason that most European countries despite having world class institutions see less number of Indian students showing interest in them. It is reported that the universities in European countries, like Institut d'etudes Politiques de Paris (Paris Institute of Political Science), ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of...

Number of Indian students in Germany shoots over 100% in 5 years

The number of Indian students pursuing their higher education in Germany has shot up by 114% since 2008, according to data released recently by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The numbers have swelled from 3,516 during 2008-09 to 7,532 during 2012-13. In fact Germany now has the fifth largest Indian student population in its institutes. Countries such as Canada, Australia, United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) have been the traditionally favored destinations for Indian students for higher studies, mainly because there is no language barrier in these countries for Indians....

JNU ties up with 5 foreign varsities to offer global studies program

India’s premier Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has joined hands with five top foreign institutes of higher education to offer a two-year Global Studies Program (GSP). The transnational education program provides exposure of multiple countries to the students. The masters’ program will be administered jointly by six universities including JNU. The students of this program get to learn about diverse regions and their cultures within the ambit of Social Sciences, with special focus on the global south. According to JNU officials, all the participating institutes, barring...

Japan offering incentives to attract Indian students, researchers

Several higher education institutes in Japan have been taking diverse measures to attract students and researchers from India. To make education for Indian students more cost-effective in Japan, institutes in the country are offering scholarships up to 100% to Indian students, according to reports. Japan’s progress in the education sector has been phenomenal in the past decade. Apart from holding the title of an economic superpower, Japan ranks among the top in Asia in terms of the education system. Japan’s higher education system has an international outlook and has...

IIM Ahmedabad students prefer Europe to US, Asia for exchange programs

Students of the premier business school (B-school), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) , prefer Europe to Asian countries or the United States (US) as a destination for exchange programs, as per reports. According to institute officials, although IIM Ahmedabad is over-represented in Europe, it is under-represented in the US and Northeast Asia. Under IIM Ahmedabad’s treaty with Asian institutes, there are around 15 seats throughout Asia. However, a majority of such seats are currently unused, the officials added. IIM Ahmedabad has tied up with 35 European...

HR College ties up with US-based B-school to offer executive MBA

Mumbai based HR College of Commerce & Economics has joined hands with the American business school (B-school) Rutgers Business School (RBS) to offer a joint executive Master of Business Administration (e-MBA) program. This is one of a series of such partnerships between Indian institutes and foreign B-schools to deliver MBA programs. The new 20-month program will commence in October, 2014. It will be open to graduates from all parts of India, who have three years of job experience. Out of the total 18 modules of the e-MBA program, 16 will be conducted in Mumbai and the...

Pre-departure briefings for UK bound students from British Council

British Council India is organizing Pre-Departure briefings for Indian students who have received a confirmed offer from a UK institution for the September 2014 intake. The briefing session will provide an insight on student life in the UK and will entail an interactive session with UK alumni, a session by officers from UK Visas and Immigration and a talk on student life in the UK. This is an opportunity for students to talk to UK alumni and share their experiences, gather information about visas and immigration and network with students like them who have enrolled to study in the UK...

The PSAT and How It Can Help High School Students

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), organized by the College Board, is a comprehensive standardized assessment administered at schools on fixed dates each October that helps prepare students for the SAT. The PSAT is an important step in a student’s path to university success. It assesses subject matter learned in high school and problem-solving skills in three areas: Critical Reading, Math and Writing. Given the nature of the PSAT and topics covered in the test, it is obviously very helpful for those who plan to take the SAT, but it can...

UK universities offer scholarships galore to woo Indian students

In a bid to attract more and more Indian students, institutes of higher education in the United Kingdom (UK) have been offering increased scholarship opportunities, according to a survey conducted on a third of the universities based in London. Overall, an average of Rs 250 million or £2.5 million has been granted to Indian students every year and more than Rs 700 million or £7 million during the past three years, the survey reports add. However, the actual figures may be thrice that figure, amounting to more than £7 million each year, since a mere 17 universities of...

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