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  • USA: foreign students connect cities to global economy

    An analysis by The Brookings Institution of the economies of 118 metro areas in the USA has revealed that foreign students are vital players in connecting cities with economies around the world and contributed US$21.8bn in tuition and US$12.8bn in living costs from 2008-2012.

  • Demographics influence student satisfaction says i-graduate

    As increased access to foreign study changes the demographics and backgrounds of the typical mobile student, higher education institutions are struggling to meet the evolving needs of international students, according to analysis from benchmarking company i-graduate.

  • Korea opens up to foreign providers

    With a US$4bn deficit caused by the high proportion of university students opting to pursue studies abroad, South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has announced plans to open up the market further to international providers by easing restrictions on foreign investors and creating an international education hub in Songdo, Incheon.

  • First time audits of Beijing agencies to be made public

    Consumer reports on quality education agencies in Beijing are set to be released by the China Consumer Commission following a first of its kind audit commissioned by the Beijing Municipal Education Commission of the 71 state-licensed education agencies operating in China’s capital.

  • Spanish, Portuguese MOOC platform rolled out in Latin America

    The leading MOOC provider for the Spanish speaking world, Miríada X, has been rolled-out globally expanding the platform’s reach beyond Europe into the wider Latin American market where increasing broadband availability is driving demand for online education.

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Cambridge Education Group opens SUNY pathway

Cambridge Education Group opens SUNY pathway

Cambridge Education Group has announced what is to become the largest pathway programme for international students hoping to enter university in the US, through a new partnership with Morrisville State College at the State University of New York.

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NZ: Strongest start of year enrolments ever

NZ: Strongest start of year enrolments ever

New Zealand has experienced its strongest ever start to the year with an 8% increase in international student enrolments resulting in an additional 5,100 students compared to the same January to April period last year. All sectors have experienced growth, but most notably Private Training Establishments have seen a 13% boost in enrolments.

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ESL schools rebrand as ALPADIA Language Schools

ESL schools rebrand as ALPADIA Language Schools

After 18 years as part of the Ecole Suisse de Langues Education Group, ESL Language Schools is breaking away to become a new independent entity named ALPADIA Language Schools. ALPADIA will continue to offer language courses in Switzerland, France, Germany and England, where it hosts over 6,000 students each year.

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ThirdYearAbroad.com launches Q&A site and jobs board

ThirdYearAbroad.com launches Q&A site and jobs board

The UK's ThirdYearAbroad.com has launched a Q&A site where prospective students can get responses and information from fellow students, experts and university international officers. Plans are also in place for a jobs site targeting graduates with language and intercultural skills.

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Analysis

Venezuela: what are the roadblocks to outbound study?

Venezuela: what are the roadblocks to outbound study?

A perfect storm of financial, logistical and access problems mean that many Venezuelans – potential international students – are finding their ambitions are currently being hampered. Education agents are counselling long lead times to plan trips overseas to enable students to overcome Cadivi (currency exchange) problems and to mitigate against limited flight availability. Sara Custer reports.

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