By Matthew Knott, News Editor of StudyTravel Magazine



It is that time of year again when the most hotly anticipated list in the study travel industry is unveiled: the StudyTravel Star Awards shortlist.   

You should hopefully have received the August issue of the magazine containing the stylish and sleek StudyTravel Star Awards 2015 supplement, which includes the full list of nominees and, of course, the prestigious STM Super Star Hall of Fame – five-time winners in an individual category.

For an added bit of importance and honour, this year’s event will be the 10th Star Awards. Were you at the first one? Have you been to every awards ceremony? Or a first-timer this year? Either way, we’d love to hear your thoughts and memories. You can email me, or contact us on twitter @StudyTravelMag with the handle #STStarAwards15.  

So once you have digested the nominee list, it will be time to start thinking about getting the glad rags ready for the biggest and most glamorous night in the study travel industry on September 5th at the Park Lane Hilton, London.

Back to this week’s news, we have an interesting report on the difficulties that international students face in finding suitable post-study employment after a university programme. The comparative study of Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden raises some important questions about coordination – or lack of it – in this area.

The generosity of post-study work rights is a political decision, and a fairly contentious one in some countries, but what is interesting about the report is that these four countries have all extended work rights and decided that international students staying, at least for some time, will benefit their communities and economies. Having made that decision, the uncoordinated patchwork of advice and support highlighted in the report looks like a wasted opportunity.

Another country that has clearly benefitted from introducing enhanced work rights is Australia, and we report on the international student data there for the first half of 2015, which reveals that growth continuing. The rate of increase shows signs of tailing off, naturally enough after recent large gains, but the country appears to be on course for a record year in commencements.

As if the 464,787 enrolled international students in the year-to-date data isn’t evidence enough of the size and importance of the industry, the same story carries headline figures from a government report showing the economic value of education exports rose to AUS$17.6 billion in 2014; it is Australia’s largest service industry and 4th largest overall.

A timely reminder of the scale of our industry, and we very much look forward to celebrating peer-voted excellence within it at the ST Star Awards.  

 

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