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The government temporarily lifted the cap in November last year, a move that benefited over 500,000 students. It was lifted to address labor shortages and help the economy recover faster. This move allowed over 500,000 international students to work more hours. However, it is set to end on December 31.

AIRC Executive Director Brian Whalen, PhD, stressed the importance of not only increasing student numbers but also ensuring continual quality improvement to prioritize the best interests of international students in the nation’s programs, institutions, and organizations.

The study, considering factors such as student popularity, quality of life, friendliness, language proficiency, safety, budget, scholarships, and employment rate, placed London at the forefront.

During the meeting, four new partnerships were initiated between Australian and Indian universities. The discussions included plans for the Maitri Scholars Program, aimed at facilitating the exchange of Indian researchers to Australia.

The report has highlighted a grading disparity in UK universities, where non-EU international students are less likely to receive top degrees compared to their British peers. With international students paying significantly higher fees and forming a crucial financial base for universities, concerns about maintaining academic quality have surfaced.

The latest ICEF Agent Voice survey anticipates a strong uptick in international student enrolments for 2023-2024, with agents expanding their referral destinations and study fields. Despite cost remaining a primary concern for students, new fields like data science and AI are gaining traction.

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