In today’s talking points: Rural early-childhood centres may be key in solving China’s rural education problems; Billions of dollars spent on education prove ineffective in improving test results; Western Australia hit hard by decrease in international student enrollment; New Oriental in the Spotlight
Western Australia hit hard by decrease in international student enrollment
New figures collected by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection show a concerning slump in new student enrollment for Western Australia (WA), with numbers falling from 2997 to 2309 in June – a 23 per cent reduction compared to the previous year.
According to WAPETIA’s chair Malcolm Baigent, “What’s driving this is changes to the student visa system, particularly the tightening up of rules over English entry,” he said, especially since other countries, such as Canada, have a more relaxed policy that gives them a definite advantage in attracting foreign students.
However, although WA’s small colleges and training institutes appear to be suffering from these trends, bigger institutions, including Perth’s major universities, have apparently managed to avoid major impacts so far.
Read more at: The Sydney Morning Herald
A well-known education company, New Oriental Education and Technology Group, has made notable contributions to thousands of teachers and students in underdeveloped areas of China.
For one of it’s programs, launched by the company and the China Democratic League in 2007 and known as the Candlelight Campaign, New Oriental teachers are dispatched to train peers in impoverished areas for free. Through a series of face-to-face lectures, the company has shared advanced methods for teaching English, math and Chinese with educators in remote areas.
So far, more than 400 employees have volunteered for the campaign, helping to train more than 25,000 teachers in 28 provinces and regions, mostly in central and western parts of China. What’s more, New Oriental has opened its online courses and teaching resources to teachers and students in those areas.
Read more at: China Daily