For many in India, the 2012 Bollywood film English Vinglish about an Indian housewife who sets out to learn English tells a familiar story. - but what can it tell us about India's ELT market? Beckie Smith reports.
G P Hinduja, co-chairman of the Hinduja Group, a UK-based conglomerate valued at $25bn, has urged India’s government to pass legislation allowing foreign providers to establish universities in the country.
Rethinking business models with a focus on smaller margins but bigger scale is essential for businesses keen to work in India and help cater to the burgeoning demand for English and skills training, experts and stakeholders recommended at a British Council-organised English Partnerships Forum last week on English Skills for Employability.
A new English language teaching company in India that is targeting Indian nationals who need to improve their language proficiency has been taken aback by the scale of demand and also the fact that overseas nationals in India are enrolling.
A UK-wide campaign to send 5,000 UK students a year to India over the next five years has been announced by Greg Clark, UK Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, while visiting Delhi last week for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry HE summit.
According to the Institute of International Education the number of international students in the US has grown by an impressive 8% to reach an all-time high of 886,052 in 2013. Big gains were seen in enrolments from China and Saudi Arabia while an increase in Indian numbers has reversed a three-year decline.
Diversity is on the rise among international graduate students in the US as the third phase of the Council of Graduate Schools's International Graduate Admissions survey shows first time enrolments have risen for the fifth consecutive year despite a drop in Chinese students for the first time in a decade.