A vote for Brexit in the UK has had an immediate impact on the value of the pound sterling. The PIE News speaks with stakeholders in the UK, Europe and beyond on possible implications for international education.
The UK’s ELT sector has shrunk for the second year in a row as both adult and junior enrolments dropped for the first time and lengths of stay diminished. English UK figures show the country hosted 42,000 fewer students in 2015, 8% less than the previous year.
Cuts to scholarships and tumbling oil prices have unsettled the Saudi market, but a booming youth population and labour market needs mean the country still presents huge opportunities for student recruitment, says a British Council report.
ELT providers in the UK are waiting anxiously to find out if funding for Italy’s PON scheme will be released this year. This, along with the programme's challenges and opportunities, was a hot topic of discussion among providers in London this week.
In roundtable discussions organised by The PIE News at the English UK marketing conference, students said word of mouth recommendations were the most powerful when choosing where to study, while many expressed a desire for more informational videos.
A scholarship fund will be set up in honour of Eddie Byers, the late Chief Executive of English UK, drawing on his passion for the life-changing power of education in students' lives. This was announced at a memorial service held in London.