ELT expenditures in Malta slip as enrolments stall

ELT students in Malta spent around €139m last year, down from €161m in 2015, and accounted for 10.7% of all total guest nights in the country. Profitability of the ELT sector fell for the second year in a row as well. Profit per student week was predicted to have dropped to €35.86 per student, a fall from €42.2 in 2015. Last year, the country welcomed 76,730 students to the country – a minor increase of 1.6% on the previous year. “The international scene in 2016 has not been without strife” This cohort…

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UK HE: non-EU enrolments flatline as Indian students plummet

The figures from the Higher Education Statistics Authority, published today, show a 1% drop in first-year non-EU enrolments in 2015/16, with overall non-EU enrolments falling very slightly – by less than 1% – to total 310,575. “The UK could be doing much better than this” China remained far and away the biggest provider of non-EU students to UK higher education institutions, climbing to 91,215 in 2015/16. Meanwhile, Malaysia overtook both the US and India to become the UK’s second largest non-EU student source country, as Indian student numbers continued to drop. Indian…

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Sugar mills shut early as drought hits cane crop – trade body

More than two dozen mills in India’s top sugar producing Maharashtra state have stopped crushing due to cane shortage while many more mills are likely to shut before February end, a producers’ body said on Tuesday. Sugar mills in Maharashtra typically operate between November to April, but this year cane supplies have fallen due to back-to-back droughts. Out of 147 sugar mills that started operations this year, 25 mills have stopped crushing as on Dec. 31, Indian Sugar Mills Association said in a statement. The country produced 8.09 million tonnes…

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Africa buoys French international education as security concerns remain

  The latest figures from Campus France show that student mobility from Africa has increased 6.7% in the last five years, driven largely by students from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. “The perception of security after the attacks impacted students still at home more than the students in France” In total, French higher education institutions hosted 133,893 African students in 2015/16 – 43.2% of all international students in the country – up from 126,986 last year. According to Campus France stakeholders, international student visa applications to France took a hit after…

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China urges India not to ‘complicate’ border dispute as Tibetan figure visits

China called on India on Monday not to do anything to complicate their border dispute after a senior exiled Tibetan religious leader visited a sensitive border region controlled by India but claimed by China. The Karmapa Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s third-most-senior figure who fled into exile in India in 2000, last week went to Tawang in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, in the remote eastern Himalayas. China disputes the entire territory of Arunachal Pradesh, calling it south Tibet. Its historic town Tawang, a key site for Tibetan Buddhism, was briefly…

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Trump’s criticism of Obama, Clinton as ‘co-founders’ of Islamic State called ‘false’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s characterization of U.S. President Barack Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as “co-founders” of the Islamic State militant group drew swift rebuke on Thursday as “false” and “unhinged.” The exchange was the latest in a series of attacks from Trump in which he has sought to depict America as less safe, Democrats to blame and himself as the only one who can restore security. Democrats, in turn, have used Trump’s often hyperbolic statements to argue he is unfit to be president and lacks the temperament…

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Alibaba Scores Record Growth And Beats Estimates As Mobile Revenue Soars, Topping Desktop For The First Time

Alibaba recently unveiled its Q2 2016 results, with the marketplace showing tremendous growth as revenue from its mobile users surpassed that of desktop users. The e-commerce vendor’s revenue rose to RMB 32.2 billion ($4.8 billion), placing it 59 percent higher than last year. The growth itself is formidable, being the highest since Alibaba initiated the largest U.S. IPO in history when it started public trading in September 2014. The blooming business model is even more commendable as China’s economy contracted during the last year. Alibaba’s marketplaces in China managed to…

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HSBC’s $2.5 billion buy-back boosts shares as bank postpones profit goal

HSBC (HSBA.L) announced a $2.5 billion share buy-back and pared ambitions to grow dividend payouts and returns as it took pragmatic steps to soothe investors amid slowing growth in its home markets of Britain and Hong Kong. The lender’s London-listed shares were trading 3.6 percent higher at 0808 GMT (4:08 a.m. ET) after the buy-back took the sting out of a 29 percent drop in January-June pretax profits, which matched analysts’ expectations. As Britain’s vote to leave the European Union clouds economic prospects and Hong Kong absorbs slower growth in…

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Plan Ahead for Emergencies Abroad as an International Student

You probably know what to do in an emergency situation at home, but what if you found yourself in a similar position overseas? Experts say it’s important for future international students to have some sort of response plan for emergency scenarios such as injury or a natural disaster. Gary Rhodes, director of the Center for Global Education at California State University—Dominguez Hills, says students and parents can approach international safety planning by thinking: “Okay, here’s how I handle health and safety emergencies in the city, state, university or wherever I am. What do I need to…

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Bank of England set to cut rates as survey flags sharpest UK downturn since 2009

Britain’s economy is shrinking at its fastest rate since the financial crisis after last month’s Brexit vote, making a Bank of England rate cut on Thursday a “foregone conclusion”, a closely watched survey of businesses showed. Financial data company Markit said its monthly all-sector Purchasing Managers’ Index chalked up the steepest month-on-month decline on record after big falls in activity at private-sector services, manufacturing and construction firms. “The unprecedented month-on-month drop in the all-sector index has undoubtedly increased the chances of the UK sliding into at least a mild recession,”…

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