By Matthew Knott, News Editor of Study Travel Magazine

Well another year is over. OK, it is not quite the end of 2013 I know, but this will be my last editorial piece until January.

As ever it has been an exciting 12 months in our dynamic industry. In the current issue of Study Travel Magazine, I review the news stories of 2013, and there were a number of major developments and talking points, from legislative changes in Canada to the Nacac’s historic decision to formally sanction the use of commission payments to agents, to another round of school takeovers and openings.

So what does the next year hold in store for us? Firstly, we await a major legislative change in Canada in which the power to authorise which institutions can accept student visa students. The government has rather dragged its heels on this issue it has to be said: the law change was proposed at the end of 2012.

In a forthcoming issue of STM, Languages Canada Executive Director, Gonzalo Peralta, describes the start of the new legislation as a “moving target”, but anticipates early summer. Following the strikes of 2012, Canada’s international education industry would certainly welcome a stable year, so the sooner the better.

In the US, the Senate passed a bill that would make it much easier for international students in the STEM subjects to remain in the country, but the wide-ranging immigration legislation is currently focus of much wrangling in the House of Representatives. The international student provisions are thought to have broad political support though, so it is hoped something will emerge soon.

Elsewhere, the Australian government, elected in September, has declared itself eager to support the international education industry, so there may be more developments to come there.

Whatever does happen, we look forward to bringing you news in 2014, both in Study Travel Magazine and our daily updated news online. Meanwhile, features lined up for early next year include our regular annual special reports on the junior market and summer courses and analysis of future trends in study abroad at tertiary level, along with the usual features on the language, secondary, tertiary and vocational sectors.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your readership over the last year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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