China eases post-study work for foreign graduates

The move is the latest in China’s strategy to position itself as a study destination and attract talent to help globalise its labour force. Under the new regulations announced on January 6 by the Ministries of Human Resources and Social Security, Foreign Affairs, and Education, foreign graduates with a master’s degree or above from a university in China are immediately eligible to apply for work visas within one year of graduation. Similarly, Chinese nationals with a master’s degree or above from “well-known universities overseas” can return to China to seek graduate…

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Graduates who fail to make student loan repayments should face arrest like New Zealanders, education expert suggests

Graduates who move overseas and fail to repay their student loans after their studies should be arrested, suggests an education expert who has authored a report on what the UK can learn from New Zealand’s higher education sector. Sam Cannicott, former Regent’s University London employee who now works for Statistics New Zealand, described how New Zealand’s “no-nonsense approach” to collecting student loan repayments from graduates overseas highlights the “timidity of the steps taken in the UK.” He said: “Former students who fail to make repayments face arrest at the New Zealand border, which…

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London School of Economics graduates are earning more than those from any other UK university

Both male and female graduates from the London School of Economics (LSE) are earning more than any other university, including more prestigious ones like Oxford and Cambridge. LSE has emerged as being the only institution with more than ten per cent of its female graduates earning in excess of £100,000 a year, ten years on from graduation. As well as this, more than ten per cent of men who have studied at LSE, Oxford, and Cambridge were earning in excess of £100,000 after the same period, with the graduates pocketing an…

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British graduates have spent £65 billion on unused degrees, research reveals

British graduates are said to have spent tens of billions of pounds on university degrees they haven’t put to use in their current job roles, according to new research. Training company The Knowledge Academy recently carried out a study of 2,000 graduates to find 64 per cent felt their degree was not relevant to their current role. While results showed the average graduate polled left university with an average debt amount of £13,292 – with approximately 12 million graduates in the UK,according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – the…

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Teacher shortage: Four-day week attracts PhD graduates into profession

A government-backed scheme which guarantees that recruits will only spend four days a week in the classroom is helping to solve the teacher shortage in maths and science. The Researchers in Schools programme works along the lines of the TeachFirst scheme, which lured some of the brightest graduates in the country into teaching. Its unique angle is that the Researchers project only recruits graduates with a PhD. On their fifth day, the teachers can do their own research, go to conferences to improve their teaching skills, or work with small…

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