Education providers and organisations have told The PIE News that US President Barack Obama's announcement this week to restore US diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba carries encouraging signs for international education.
International House World Organisation has added two new English language schools and a dedicated teacher training centre in Ecuador to its brand, bringing its total number of schools to 160 in 52 different countries.
Eurocentres has opened its first English school in a non-Anglophone country in partnership with Study Union Barranquilla, a Colombian education agency. The move chimes well with Colombia's National Bilingual Programme.
A year after launching the a student review website for study travel, ICEF has revamped its CourseFinders website to look more modern, be optimised for all mobile devices and include enhanced search and review functions.
There are no major upsets in the list of top-ranked study destinations in the 2014 edition of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, however the latest education agent-based poll reflects Australia's upturn as a study destination. And this year, the USA and Canada tied in first place for overall attractiveness of a study destination.
Google search data from Net Natives on leading student source countries reveals when university education is at the front of students’ minds and follows additonal Google search data recently released by the BBC revealing the world's most searched-for universities.
International English language courses and university preparation programmes provider, Kaplan International, is expanding its global footprint with its first office in Mexico to meet demand from Mexican students wanting to study abroad. Kaplan currently serves around 150 Mexican students and has opened a new centre in Polanco, Mexico City.
A mystery shopper style study that employed a team of international students to judge response times to enquiries made to top 500 universities and assess the findability and clarity of their home pages has revealed that 21% of universities did not respond to students' enquiries.