Vaccination efforts are underway around the world and the recovery period after COVID has started to come into sharper focus. There are still, however, many challenges to be met in the coming months as our industry continues to respond to the pandemic.
This perspective is well reflected in our coverage this week with a look ahead to the future of higher education, two important immigration updates from Canada, news of a new UK lockdown, a panel discussion on financial services for international students, and a special feature on students’ study abroad decision-making journey.
We are pleased to note as well that ICEF Monitor is a nominee in the category of Excellence in Travel Industry News Coverage for the 2020 Global Youth Travel Awards. Our thanks to WYSE Travel Confederation for this kind recognition and congratulations to our fellow nominees.
A global survey reveals that many believe that online and hybrid learning will play a much greater role in higher education in the years ahead.
International students in Canada who have post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) that have expired or that are about to expire can now apply for an 18-month “open work permit”.
A worsening COVID-19 situation in the UK means the country is now under a strict lockdown with people urged to stay home and limit outings for essential purposes only.
All schools and universities are now delivering education remotely, with campus instruction suspended until at least mid-February.
As of 7 January, all international travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their planned departure for Canada. On arrival in Canada, travellers will still have to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Many students have faced disruptions in their study programmes or loss of part-time employment during the pandemic – all of which has created significant financial stress for the students and their families.