From geopolitical upheaval to marketing innovations, there are a plethora of factors that help to shape the global landscape of international education each year. Sara Custer sums up six trends set to have a big impact on the industry in 2016.
As of next year, learning English language will be compulsory for state primary school students in Mexico, in a bid to better prepare students for a globalised world and encourage more students to study abroad.
Student numbers in Canada’s language teaching sector have begun to stabIlise after falling almost 10% in 2013, representative body Languages Canada’s 2014 annual report has revealed. Member programmes reported a 6% increase in student numbers from 129,704 in 2013 to 137,416 in 2014.
The Malaysian government says it is on track to meet its goal of attracting 200,000 international students annually by 2020 as it implements new measures to raise English language levels in tertiary education. Earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that all university students will be required to pass English language in order to graduate from university.
EF Education First, one of the world's largest English language training providers, has announced it will move into standardised testing with the launch of a free online exam that aims to rival established testing brands including TOEFL and IELTS due to its scope and accessibility.
Recent efforts by New Zealand’s government to increase international students to the Canterbury region are starting to have a positive effect. Figures show that after two years of significant decline the industry grew by 11% in 2013 led by the ESL sector which says study work rights have made the region competitive.