Education News

New 457 visa list effective 1st July 2017

30 June 2017
Australian government has updated the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas, with the new lists effective from 1 July 2017. The new list comes as a big relief to Indian professionals – be it engineers, computer professionals, education and health professionals who are large beneficiaries of the popular 457 skilled worker visa. Indian nationals account for a quarter of 457 visa holders, the most of any nationality. "The Government recognises the importance of enabling Australian businesses to tap into global talent to remain internationally competitive and support a strong national science and innovation agenda," Mr Dutton said. As of 1 July 2017, the main changes to these lists are summarised below:
  • 12 occupations have been completely removed from the lists;
  • a number of occupations have been added to the lists for certain visa programmes;
  • some additional occupations have moved between the STSOL to the MLTSSL;
  • the caveats on some occupations have been revised;
  • caveats on occupations now apply to both the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)and the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) – Direct Entry Stream.
Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/en/article/2017/06/30/new-457-visa-list-effective-1st-july-2017-announced  

Planet Education ties up with Australia Gateway in Colombo

12 December 2016
Planet Education ties up with Australia Gateway in Colombo. Planet Education recently tied up with Australian migration partner, Australia Gateway in Colombo to enter Sri Lankan market. Planet Education CEO Gagan Singh said that Planet Education is rapidly expanding its overseas foot prints “With the Australian government taking off Sri Lankan students from the high rise Visa category we expected the present 15% year on year growth to incense.” Australia is the second home to over 100,000 Sri Lankans who had benefitted tremendously on almost every measure of excellence, from health to wealth, from success in business to educational attainment, says Susantha Katugampola. “Out of these 100,000 Sri Lankans majority live in Melbourne, which clinched top spot for the fifth year in a row on the prestigious World's Most Livable Cities List,” said Katugampola. “Sri Lankan students who desire accomplishing undergraduate, post-graduate and professional studies and return back to Sri Lanka; could feel at home right here in Australia,” said Mr. Katugampala. Planet Education in Sri Lanka is dedicated to promote Australian education to Sri Lankan students who are inspired to study in Australia. It can be Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or Adelaide that the students can choose any Universities in Australia. Planet’s Australian branch offices can assist students when they are in Australia if they require assistance. Australia is a rich, stable, well-run nation with good infrastructure and strong education and healthcare systems. Its strong multi-cultural influence and time zones make it an attractive destination for migrants from Asia in general and Sri Lankans. Source: http://dailynews.lk/2016/11/15/business/99058

PTE Is Acceptable In Canada 2017 Intake

9 November 2016
PTE Academic is the world’s leading computer-based test of English for study abroad and immigration aimed at non-native English speakers wanting to study or migrate abroad. It assesses Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all via computer in single 3 hour test session with test sessions 363 days of the year, at one of over 200 locations worldwide. Recently it was announced that from now on PTE would also be accepted by several universities and colleges of Canada. Previously, PTE Score was only accepted by universities of US, UK and Australia. So, students looking forward to study in Canada must make the most of this chance. Partnering Institutions: Centennial College. Humber College. Seneca College. George Brown. St.Lawrence College. Langara College. Fanshawe College. Source: http://pearsonpte.com

Vivienne Stern, Director of UUKi, On Staying International In A Post-Brexit UK

8 November 2016
Student.com – is a great platform to search student accommodation. They have interviewed Vivienne Stern, Director of UUKi and asked her about bolstering the reputation of UK universities, engaging international students and navigating Brexit. Here is what she shared. "If you think the Brexit vote was a signal of hostility towards international students, it wasn’t. In fact, if you come to a UK university you’ll be in a very international environment and you’ll be valued and appreciated." “Our objective is to enable UK universities to flourish internationally. It’s as simple as that. The ways that we do that are through influencing policies, creating opportunities and supporting university strategy development. The things we want to see as a result are opportunities for collaboration and research, opportunities for outbound mobility, opportunities for UK universities to form strong partnerships with overseas counterparts and the chance to extend offers to students to study in the UK or on UK programmes overseas. All of these still apply.” Source: https://www.student.com/articles/vivienne-stern-director-universities-uk-international

Student experience central to English Australia dialogues

28 September 2016
Australia’s ELICOS representative body, English Australia, called for a renewed focus on the international student experience Prashanth Magandram, national welfare officer of the Council of International Students Australia, reminded delegates that “international students need to be valued and involved.” The data identified underlying demands from international students to connect with their domestic counterparts as well as the broader community, and a need for institutions to provide accurate marketing materials. The 29th English Australia Conference attracted more than 300 delegates from throughout the sector. Delayed visa processing after Australia switched to the Simplified Student Visa Framework was also among top concerns expressed by attendees. Source: http://thepienews.com/news/student-experience-central-to-english-australia-dialogues

World University Rankings 2016/17 are out.

6 September 2016
September 6, 2016. Global ranking of universities 2016/17 QS World University Rankings has been published, which represents the world's leading universities. Total number of 3800 universities was considered this year, which is 25 universities more than last year. Australia and Canada increased their representation in the top 200, with nine universities apiece, one more than last year. For the full list of universities click the link below. Source: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/world-university-rankings/qs-world-university-rankings-201617-out-now

Australia introduced a simplified student visa framework (SSVF) on July 1st 2016.

1 July 2016
From July 1st 2016, Under the SSVF all visa applications by international students and education agents will be processed online. Below are some of the key changes: international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500)regardless of their chosen course of study student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590) a single immigration risk framework will apply to all international students all students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.