Demand for quality education continues to grow across Africa as lack of funding, inadequate infrastructure and demotivated faculty drive Africans to study abroad, according to a study by Campus France, the French government's higher education promotion arm. However France, the top destination, has seen its dominance slip as students increasingly choose to study within their region.
A group of Scottish MSPs have called for an increase in Mandarin language teaching across all school levels as part of a larger plan to increase trade opportunities for Scottish business in China and encourage more Chinese investment in Scottish industry and infrastructure. As of now, there are just six public high schools that offer Chinese language courses.
In a first-of-its-kind deal, the Chinese government has agreed to train 300 Indian teachers at top Chinese universities in a bid to boost Mandarin learning across India. The teachers will then return to India to help promote the uptake of Mandarin language study. The agreement is between the Confucius Institute and India's Central Board of Secondary Education.
India's Karnataka-based Manipal University is in talks to open India's first ever branch campus in China, as well as China's first all English institution offering training in IT and health sciences. Manipal is keen to recruit Western students too and such a venture would follow campuses set up in Dubai, Nepal, Antigua and Malaysia...
A memo from the US State Department forcing Chinese teachers on American campuses to leave by June has been reversed. The directive would have led to the deportation of up to 51 teachers at state-backed Confucius Institutes in the US, and has caused a huge backlash on Chinese media, with one blog reporting 500,000 posts on the issue.