Massive surge in the number of international students in the Netherlands
Student organization Nuffic reported that there are over 80 thousand students enrolled at Dutch universities during the 2016/17 academic year. This represents a grow of 50 per cent in contrast to the number of foreign students in the country ten years ago, reports NLTimes. Students coming from abroad are much more likely to stay in the Netherlands once they complete their studies, and around 25 per cent of them are likely to stay there for a lifetime. There are in total 164 different nationalities, and they settled in some of the country’s biggest and most attractive cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. Nuffric said: “Attracting and retaining international talent is becoming increasingly important for regional and municipal development.”
Irish universities will be allowed to hire staff on higher salaries
In the light of the uncertainty caused by Brexit, Irish government is planning to attract top academic talent from universities in the UK and elsewhere. New measures will allow universities to hire staff on salaries higher than €250,000, without previous restrictions, reports Irish Times. This move could put pressure on the Government to increase salary limits for senior public servants such as secretaries general of Government departments, judiciary and gardaí.
Tax reliefs for private universities in Ghana
On November 15, parliament of Ghana announced 2018 budget, on which occasion Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta stated that country’s private educational institutions will no longer be obliged to pay corporate income tax. The tax relief would boost the reputation of the sector and it would enable private institutions to maintain and improve the facilities in order to attract more students all over the continent. “The education sector represents a high growth potential with multiplier effects on the economy as confirmed by a recent “Country Private Sector Diagnostic” study by the World Bank Group. This is borne out by the rapid growth in privately-owned and managed universities as well as in the inward flow of students from the West Africa sub-region,” the minister announced.
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