International students praise Canada’s openness and affordable fees

These were some of the insights shared by international students studying at English language, pathway and postsecondary courses in Ottawa, at a recent roundtable hosted by The PIE News and education provider CultureWorks. “I thought it Canada just a white piece of land covered in snow” Jamal Yayha from Yemen recounted his surprise at the competitive edge Canada has over other destinations – especially the US. When it was time to apply for university, he wanted to study overseas but he had no interest in studying in Canada, Yayha told delegates. While US…

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Tuition fees give England universities surplus worth £1.8bn

First full cohort paying £9,000 fee bolsters balances while Open University has £7m deficit due to fewer part-time students The University of Oxford had a larger surplus than Scotland’s entire university sector. Photograph: Alamy Universities in England accrued record operating surpluses worth nearly £1.8bn last year, as their bank balances were filled by the first full cohort of students paying the £9,000 tuition fee. The rise in university income in England outstripped those of their counterparts in other parts of the UK, with the University of Oxford boasting a larger…

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Canadian government makes tuition fees virtually free for poorer students

Canada has announced education will be virtually free for cash-strapped students but wealthier ones will still have to cough up. In the most radical shift in decades, the government unveiled a package of new measures designed to make college and university education more accessible to low-income families in Ontario. Setting the government budget on February 25, the Ontario Student Grant replaces the current system of tuition tax credits and educations credits. The move is estimated to save $145 million next year, which will go towards funding the plans. But despite…

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Economic Survey 2015-16 notes decline in FTAs & FEEs

The Economic Survey 2015-16 tabled in the Parliament by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley has noted growth “deceleration” in inbound tourism into India in 2015-16 compared to the last financial year. According to Economic Survey, India’s tourism growth which was 10.2% in terms of Foreign Tourist Arrival (FTA) and 9.7% in terms of Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) in 2014 decelerated to 4.5% in terms of FTAs and fell by 2.8% in terms of FEEs in 2015. The reason for growth deceleration, according to the Survey is due to negative or low…

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Stoke offers to pay tuition fees in maths drive

Stoke-on-Trent is trying to radically improve maths standards in its schools, including by helping to pay off the tuition fees of maths teachers who come to work in the city. The maths project is aimed at improving the chances for young people growing up in a city where many traditional industries have declined. Local MP Tristram Hunt is working with local schools, council and employers. Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw will launch the scheme on Wednesday. The £1m maths project, a form of educational urban regeneration, is aimed at attracting…

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Nurseries afraid to put up fees, says report

Nurseries have resisted fee hikes for the first time in eight years, amid fears they will price parents out of the market, a report claims. Average prices rose by inflation only, as providers in Britain realised they had reached a “crunch point”, the Family and Childcare Trust report says. Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah said government investment had boosted access to affordable childcare. But the author warns the fees “freeze” is not sustainable in the long term. The report says government reforms to wages and pensions will raise the…

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