Weekly News Round-Up: September 7, 2023

By Shorelight Team
Last updated on September 11, 2023

Each week the Shorelight team rounds up trusted headlines on the latest in international education and all things impacting students and universities.

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Japan’s Expanded Visa Rules To Help Foreign Graduates Stay For Work

Japan has been reluctant to offer post-graduation opportunities in the past, but as they face an aging population that will have significant impacts on their workforce, they must find ways to get younger workers into their pipelines. Japan’s goal is to grow its international student population to 500k and then offer two years of post-graduation work opportunities.

“The Japanese government laid out a road map Tuesday for increasing post-graduation employment of international students in Japan, with plans to expand a visa program aimed at graduates of top global universities to domestic universities.”

Get the full story on Nikkei Asia >

Study Abroad: France Invites 30,000 Indian Students By 2030 

“France is another country expanding post-graduation opportunities for international students. In addition to offering studies in english they are offering a five-year Schengen circulation visa will allow Indian alumni who have studied in France to travel freely within the Schengen area for up to five years.”

Get the full story on India Times >

International Student Numbers Hit A Record, Proving Unis Wrong

“New government data reveals about one in 40 people living in Australia – 855,000 – are on a student or graduate visa. In total there were 2,554,000 in Australia on a visa, or one in every 10 people.”

Get the full story on AFR >

Biden-Harris Administration Announces More Than 4 Million Student Loan Borrowers Are Enrolled In The New SAVE Plan

For those of you following the US student loan news, here is an update from the US Dept. of Education. 

“Millions of borrowers are already benefitting from enrollment in the SAVE plan, and I’m thrilled to see so many Americans submitting applications every day so that they, too, can take advantage of the most affordable student loan repayment plan in history,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

From Day One of this Administration, President Biden has focused on reducing the burden of student loan debt on working families, and we are not stopping now. Enrollment is quick and easy, and we are working relentlessly to get the word out to borrowers about how millions can reduce their monthly student loan bills and save over a thousand dollars a year by enrolling in SAVE.”

Get the full story on U.S. Department of Education >

First Three-Year Degree Programmes Approved In US

“Then we found ourselves in this awkward situation of saying:‘ Allright, you’ve completed everything that’s required for the degree, except you need another 30 credits roughly of whatever classes you want.’ And it seems so disingenuous, I think, to say that to this working father or working mother that’s trying to take care of their families and put food on the table,” Dr Baggett said.

Get the full story on The Times Higher Education >