Soft power is a frequent phrase now in international education circles, but a Lords Select Committee in the UK spent a considerable amount of time trying to understand better what it is and how the UK can better harness it. The subsequent report makes interesting reading and calls for, yes that’s right, a rethink on students in net migration targets amid 80+ other suggestions. Amy Baker delves in to this and another Who’s Who-based study of soft power in the UK.
Opinions are still split on whether Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a revolution in higher education learning, but universities are confident that the open online learning modules can now provide them with much needed revenue streams. Sara Custer reports.
How to attract, engage, convert, retain and then educate and integrate international students? Reaching out to the student demographic with your unique message can be the hard part in a competitive industry. Lucy Fisher finds out how expertise is evolving.
Ukraine is unfortunately undergoing its own national crisis that has had a marked impact on demand for outbound work/travel options. Meanwhile, the impact on the 64,000 foreign students in the country is in fact limited, as Sara Custer discovers.
The PIE polled 568 international students from 66 countries about using an education agency and discovered they remain integral, according to many: “I wanted to avoid any hassles – we are investing a lot,” said a student from Mauritius…
Evolving recruitment channels in international education will be a hallmark of 2014’s legacy. From developments in the agent debate to expanding MOOCs, booms in TNE and new models of direct interaction with students, key trends this year will centre around nuanced ways in which educators are finding, attracting and enrolling international students, reports Sara Custer.
It has been a tumultuous year in the UK; with policy changes, new credibility interviews, a new UKTI Education unit and a new Immigration Bill among the many changes and strategies enacted. Julian Hall takes stock of the new education export landscape and speaks with some sector figureheads.
The recent IEP Stakeholders Conference revealed that the rush to meet the accreditation deadline of December 15 has meant significant workload for quality assurance agencies and IEPs themselves. The process has been largely positive, and SEVP is engaging with the sector on further regulatory reform.
Julian Hall, writing for The PIE Review, assesses the political push to ensure France remains a top-five international educator and finds out how the language teaching sector fits in with these aims. “Our country has lost ground in the last 10 years,” says France’s Higher Education Minister.
From a birthright in international education to a chance encounter with the industry or sometimes just a bold leap from employee to entrepreneur, many business owners started their journey. These innovators are helping shape and direct the industry, and The PIE spoke to many success stories from the education sphere to find out how, why and what next.