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Is Asia ready to be the next higher education superpower?

Is Asia ready to be the next higher education superpower? | Country Reports | Scoop.it

An extended period of unmatched economic growth in Asia has also helped to drive significant social change, including the emergence of a large middle class and a greater openness to regional and world markets.

 

A new book argues that these dynamics are also reflected in higher education, putting the region on a much stronger competitive footing with respect to global education markets.

 

Read more: http://monitor.icef.com/2015/06/is-asia-ready-to-be-the-next-higher-education-superpower/.

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Report: Saudi language study in the US to be capped at six months

Report: Saudi language study in the US to be capped at six months | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Saudi Arabia is currently the leading sending country for Intensive English Programmes in the United States. Since the implementation of the King Abdullah Scholarship Programme in 2005, the Saudi government has sent tens of thousands of students to the US and many of those needed extensive English training before being able to undertake university studies.


It appears, however, that important changes are now afoot in terms of the level of support available for language study.

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German student mobility continues to increase

German student mobility continues to increase | Country Reports | Scoop.it

The latest report from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides a detailed view of student mobility in and out of Germany. It shows that the country’s foreign enrolment is tracking well towards a longer-term goal to host 350,000 students by 2020, having grown by about 7% between 2013 and 2014. 

Outbound mobility, meanwhile, is increasing as well, albeit at a slower pace with 138,500 German students in degree programmes abroad in 2012.

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Chinese enrolment in the US shifting increasingly to undergraduate studies

Chinese enrolment in the US shifting increasingly to undergraduate studies | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Chinese students are flocking to American higher education institutions. Nearly 275,000 students from China studied in the United States in 2013/14, an increase of 16.5% from the previous year.

For the fifth consecutive year, Chinese students were the largest national group among America’s international student population, and fuelling this growth is a massive surge in the popularity of American undergraduate programmes.

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Growing questions about the business model for higher education in the US

Growing questions about the business model for higher education in the US | Country Reports | Scoop.it

A number of persistent factors have contributed to growing concerns about the long-term fortunes of traditional higher education institutions in the US. But none of these challenges are new, and no one in higher education is likely to be terribly surprised at the latest round of negative assessments offered by financial institutions about their sector.


ICEF Monitor takes a closer look at what higher education institutions outside of the most prestigious set – known as the "middle-tier"– are doing, and what they might be doing, to meet these challenges.

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Survey says foreign students highly satisfied with studies in Australia

Survey says foreign students highly satisfied with studies in Australia | Country Reports | Scoop.it

The Australian government has just released the findings of its International Student Survey 2014, which both measures students’ satisfaction levels and compares them to international benchmarks.

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The factors driving international student mobility to and from Turkey

The factors driving international student mobility to and from Turkey | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Turkey aims to host 200,000 inbound students by 2023.

The country has seen notable gains in foreign enrolment in recent years but still sends about twice as many students abroad as it receives.

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New Zealand’s international education sector off to a strong start in 2015

New Zealand’s international education sector off to a strong start in 2015 | Country Reports | Scoop.it

New Zealand is building its international position as a study destination and has registered some important gains over the last year and more.


From January to August 2014, for example, the country saw its international enrolment expand by 12% compared to the same period from 2013. The latest data shows that New Zealand is extending this growth trend into 2015 as well.

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Wholesale changes for Japanese education arising from globalisation and demographics

Wholesale changes for Japanese education arising from globalisation and demographics | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Japan's education system is on the cusp of significant change as the country's schools and institutions continue to adapt to sweeping globalisation initiatives and the pressures of a declining school-age population.

The outlook is that admissions policy and curriculum - even the makeup of the system itself - all stand to be very different in the future than they are today.

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Market Snapshot: Slovakia

Market Snapshot: Slovakia | Country Reports | Scoop.it

With so many recent changes and reforms to Slovakia's primary, secondary, and tertiary education systems, the government's demonstrated willingness to learn from other jurisdictions, and a strong and steady history of outbound mobility, opportunities exist for deepening educational links in this corner of Central Europe.

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The China challenge: Diversification and managing risk in international education

The China challenge: Diversification and managing risk in international education | Country Reports | Scoop.it

It might be the biggest "What if?" in international education.

What if Chinese demand for study abroad changes? Or, more drastically still, what if something happens to significantly alter the nature and scale of outbound student mobility from China?

ICEF Monitor shines a light on our over-reliance on this key source market.

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India is a key source of international students – can it become a destination?

India is a key source of international students – can it become a destination? | Country Reports | Scoop.it

India's position as a major source of international students is well established. But with the current push to expand and improve India's domestic education system, it's possible that before long, India will join a growing number of Asian education hubs in presenting an expanded range of study abroad opportunities to students in the region and further afield.

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Number of Korean students abroad declines for third straight year

Number of Korean students abroad declines for third straight year | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Early signs of softening demand for study abroad among Korean students that were first observed for 2012 have been monitored closely by international educators in the years since.

Indeed, the 2012 decline was followed by another year of falling Korean enrolment overseas in 2013, and now, according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Education, in 2014 as well.

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Kazakhstan economy driving both reforms and demand for higher education

Kazakhstan economy driving both reforms and demand for higher education | Country Reports | Scoop.it

 Following several years of strong economic growth and educational reforms, Kazakhstan is a country with burgeoning demand for study abroad and for programmes geared to its labour market dynamics.

 

Kazakhstan has all the hallmarks of an important, emerging education market thanks to its goal of placing among the world's Top 30 most competitive economies by 2050, a great need to provide workers for its oil and gas industries, and a population enjoying rising levels of disposable income.

 

Read more: http://monitor.icef.com/2015/06/kazakhstan-economy-driving-both-reforms-and-demand-for-higher-education/.

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India driving growth in applications to US graduate schools

India driving growth in applications to US graduate schools | Country Reports | Scoop.it

International student applications to US graduate schools are up modestly this year, driven largely by surging student numbers from India, strong demand for advanced science and engineering programmes, and the continuing drawing power of American research universities.

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Tracey Vickery's curator insight, September 25, 2015 4:26 PM

Definitely something American students need to understand. Those that are willing to learn and value it will reap the rewards.  I don't believe everyone should go to college, but I do believe a culture must value intellectual growth if it is to survive in a global economy.  Those who are prepared and invested in their future deserve the rewards.

 

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India reports strong growth in outbound for 2014; edges China for first time

India reports strong growth in outbound for 2014; edges China for first time | Country Reports | Scoop.it

A new student mobility report finds that the number of Indian students going overseas was up sharply in 2014.

This reverses a four-year trend of declining student numbers from India and, given the current scale and growth projections for Indian outbound, sets up in an interesting competitive dynamic among the world's leading English-speaking destinations.

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Research paints a clearer picture of international secondary students in the US

Research paints a clearer picture of international secondary students in the US | Country Reports | Scoop.it

A report commissioned by the Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact at the Institute for International Education finds that the number of inbound international students studying at the secondary school level in the United States tripled between 2004 and 2013, and that this cohort now outnumbers those travelling to the United States for short-term exchange programmes.

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English language training in India pegged for significant growth

English language training in India pegged for significant growth | Country Reports | Scoop.it

With evidence demonstrating that English language fluency opens the doors to greater employment opportunities and higher income among its graduates, demand for English language training (ELT) is on the rise in India. And, with India revamping its education policies and signaling a new openness towards international collaboration, foreign partnerships in the provision and delivery of ELT programmes are only expected to grow.

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English language programmes in Malta report steady growth for 2014

English language programmes in Malta report steady growth for 2014 | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Malta’s English Language Teaching (ELT) sector has recorded a healthy increase in student numbers and student weeks for 2014.


The latest data reports a 3.4% increase in student arrivals year-over-year, along with a 1.8% increase in the average length of stay and a 5% increase in total student weeks booked.

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Malaysia releases landmark education blueprint

Malaysia releases landmark education blueprint | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Malaysia’s commitment to being a world-class knowledge economy - and a regional education hub - received a boost this month with the launch of a new higher education strategy: The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education)

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Taiwan plans to close up to a third of its universities in the next decade

Taiwan plans to close up to a third of its universities in the next decade | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Taiwan's Ministry of Education outlined plans late last month to merge or close up to 52 of the country's public and private universities. The move comes in response to declining domestic enrolment as well as forecasts for further decreases in student numbers starting from 2016.

After years of low birth rates, the ministry now projects that university enrolment in Taiwan will fall by about a third by 2023.

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Number of Chinese outbound students up by 11% in 2014

Number of Chinese outbound students up by 11% in 2014 | Country Reports | Scoop.it

The world's leading study abroad market registered another year of strong growth in 2014. The number of Chinese students abroad was up sharply over 2013, and the enrolment of overseas students in China grew as well, albeit not as quickly.

Of particular note, the trend towards younger Chinese students going abroad continued through 2014 with strong growth indicators for secondary school enrolment abroad.

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Global economic power projected to shift to Asia and emerging economies by 2050

Global economic power projected to shift to Asia and emerging economies by 2050 | Country Reports | Scoop.it

A new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers describes a dramatic shift in global economic power away from advanced economies and toward Asia and a block of faster-growing emerging economies.

The world in 2050 will be very different in terms of the global ranking of national economies and the major drivers of economic growth.

How will it look and what does that mean for international student recruiters?

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Forecasts point to strong growth in outbound mobility for Pakistan

Forecasts point to strong growth in outbound mobility for Pakistan | Country Reports | Scoop.it

Pakistan, the sixth most-populous nation on Earth, is predicted to see its population grow to nearly 300 million people by mid-century.

Despite a very low current ratio of 17-to-23-year-olds active in higher education, demand for higher education is growing in the country as is demand for study abroad.

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New Zealand’s international enrolment up 12% as number of prospective domestic students falls

New Zealand’s international enrolment up 12% as number of prospective domestic students falls | Country Reports | Scoop.it

New data released last month shows that New Zealand, already a popular study abroad destination, has boosted its international student enrolments by 12% for the period January to August 2014 compared to the same period from 2013.

This welcome increase coincides with news that fewer domestic students are achieving the required standard to be accepted into New Zealand universities – requirements that became more rigorous in 2014 as a result of new standards established by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

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