The University of Southampton will become the first institution to offer scholarships associated with a course on the UK's MOOC platform, FutureLearn, for its online MA in English Language Teaching course.
Bahrain's multimillion-dollar backed Crown Prince International Scholarship Programme has sent 146 students overseas to date funding all costs incurred during study abroad and paying out up to US$500,000 per student.
The UK’s Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced nearly 400 new scholarships for Indian university students to study in the UK during a week-long trade trip to India. He also mentioned the new Education UK alumni awards.
New Zealand’s government has awarded NZ$150,000 in scholarships to some of India’s top students in partnership with Christchurch Educated and the Canterbury Development Corporation, in an effort to build ties with India and plug a skills gap to help with the rebuilding of the city.
Academic and business leaders in Sweden have called for a new, decentralised scholarship model that would provide funding to 1,500 non-EU students saying that "the decreasing number of non-European students gives the wrong picture of Sweden as an international player".
Kuwait's ministry of higher education is to give Kuwaiti students 4,500 scholarships to study abroad in 2013-14. The scheme is designed to improve Kuwaiti human capital with awardees studying majors that accord with labour market needs. The awards can be used at top universities in 13 countries, although details of these are yet to be published.
Ireland has launched a scholarship scheme for students from emerging markets in a bid to increase trade ties. Promoting Ireland as a study destination is "a priority area in the government's Action Plan for Jobs 2013," said Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.
The Azeri government has significantly expanded its Education Abroad Programme to encourage more students from Azerbaijan to attend top foreign universities – increasing funding and the number of universities recognised under the scheme.