US-based education company Bridge has announced it will expand into pathway programmes by opening four centres on university campuses in the US and Brazil, preparing international students for study at American universities.
The second big hiring news of the week is that major ELT player Embassy English, part of Study Group, has announced the appointment of Santuza Bicalho, former CEO of major agency chain STB in Brazil, to head up its global sales division.
New statistics from the International School Consultancy Group show that the market is predict to continue to see significant growth in 2014 with numbers reaching 7,200 international school teaching over 3.7 million students in English by the end of the year. Last year, international schools generated US $34 billion in annual fee income.
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.
The latest figures from the Council for Graduate Schools show a radical shift in top source markets for graduate students as first-time enrolments form Indian students at US graduate schools jump 40% offsetting a slow down of growth from Chinese students to 5%.
IIE used its prestigious annual gala dinner in Manhattan, New York, to help bond Brazil and the US over their tertiary education ties. And Brazil's Education Minister, Aloizio Mercadante, confirmed a long-term plan to commit significant revenue from the oil industry towards empowering Brazilians through education.
Sixty three Brazilian universities are to offer Pakistani students scholarships to study in Brazil, through a scheme announced last week. The scholarships can be used on a range of courses, including medicine, engineering, business administration and international relations. But they come with a catch – recipients must return to their home country after completing their studies.
Brazil has again dominated the QS Latin American university rankings, with a total of 81 institutions in the top 300 and Universidade de Sao Paolo (USP) taking the top spot for the third year in a row. QS said that the rankings showed the growing importance of Latin HE on the world stage but that resistance to English-taught programmes hindered universities' competitiveness.