Global student placement company, IDP Education, has acquired the Hotcourses Group for £30.1m. The purchase will add some of the world’s largest education search websites to the student recruitment giant's portfolio.
Perceptions of affordability and safety, proximity to the institution of study, and multiculturalism all heavily influence students' decisions on where to study, according to research from IDP Education.
International students still perceive the USA and the UK as top destinations for a quality education, however, according to the latest IDP Buyer Behaviour research, Australia is considered among the best study destinations for graduate employment opportunities and Canada and New Zealand are seen as affordable and safe.
China's Ministry of Education has released new guidelines for primary and secondary school overseas study tours after Chinese parents have voiced concerns that the safety of students is being overlooked. The trips have also gained a reputation of providing too much sightseeing and not enough studying the ministry has said.