Tense relations between the US and Russia have led to the cancellation of the largest US-Russain educational exchange programme after a teenage Russian boy sought asylum in the US on the grounds that he faced persecution at home as a homosexual. For 21 years the FLEX programme has funded more than 23,000 high school students from former Soviet Union countries to study in the US.
After establishing its curriculum and welcoming its founding class, the company claiming to challenge the university experience, Minerva, has received $70mn in its second round of financing to scale operations of Minerva Schools at KGI.
Africa is a market hungry for quality education but many destination countries have been slow to react to demand. Leveraging equal partnerships in country and catering for a local, not regional, student group is a good way to go, delegates learned this week.
Demographics, increased purchasing power and consenting government regulation have created a blooming market for private education providers and investors in the MENA region. However, a report carried out by Informa shows a mismatch in goals among operators and capital investors.
International education is a success story in Australia at the moment with overall enrolments up 12% to June this year, but peak bodies openly discussed the need to ensure that "good growth" is achieved, as current industry bugbears around Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) and the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) were laid bare.
The PIE's Editorial Director, Amy Baker, was honoured with an award for Excellence in Professional Commentary this week as part of annual awards that are organised by IEAA. Other winners included two well known names in Australia who were honoured with a Distinguished Contribution award.