The first Massive Open Online English Course – MOOEC– has been launched in Australia with more than 50 lessons developed by 15 Queensland colleges and universities. The roll out is the first effort to take the “showcasing” success of Massive Open Online Courses to the English language learning sector.
International pathway provider Study Group will take over operations of ANU College at the Australian National University (ANU). Providing English language and pathway courses at a top-50 ranked Australian institution will strengthen the global portfolio of Study Group, which issued Q3 results last week.
After seven years of development, a US-based electronic funds verification service is set to go to market with the aim of making the process of financially qualifying international students more efficient and secure. The service allows students to move the paper-based process of proving their financial capacity online.
The UK is the most popular destination for 21% of 10,000 Indian students looking to study abroad surveyed by the British Council recently. But as the cost of international education increases and the quality of domestic higher education institutions improve, more students are opting to stay in country.
Scotland has announced plans to re-introduce the post-study work visa enabling international students to work in the UK for two years post-graduation, should it become independent from the UK. The proposal is included in a white paper outlining plans for Scottish independence, ‘Scotland’s Future’.
UK-based Cambridge Education Group has been sold to a US-based private equity firm, Bridgepoint Capital, it was announced today, for an enterprise value of UK£185 million. Ex-owners, Palamon Capital, acquired CEG in 2007 and achieved an acquisition multiple of 11 times the current year trading forecast.
Education giant Pearson has made a major acquisition in Brazil of an ELT business that spans several brands and serves 800,000 students. The acquisition of Grupo Multi for UK£500m will enable Pearson to leverage booming demand for ELT from the expanding middle classes, it said.
China’s largest agency association has begun an evaluation process that will help to regulate agencies in China. BOSSA is receiving government support to fund the inspection process and the outcome of its first round of assessments, focusing on Beijing-based agencies, will be published in March 2014.
A global travel bookings website for homestay accommodation has launched this month and Co-Founder, Tom Kennedy, is keen to emulate the success of his first venture, Hostelworld.com, which became the dominant booking site in the sector.
A survey by Hotcourses on the quality of university response to student emails indicates that many institutions need more resources to successfully convert enquiries into applications. Of 406 universities surveyed, 35% of email queries did not receive a response at all and only 36% were answered within 24 hours. New Zealand had the best response rate with an 80% score.