A government-regulated private education system in Burma, well educated Iranians able to articulate smoothly overseas and an appetite for English language training in Cuba: Sara Custer considers opportunities in some of the lesser travelled countries on the international education beat.
Dual degree programmes and short-term study abroad are two areas of potential collaboration for universities in the US and Iran, now that diplomatic relations are beginning to thaw, according to a white paper published by the US-based IIE.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the country’s higher education institutions to open up to more foreign students and staff, as well as giving a ringing endorsement for study abroad, in a nationally televised speech marking the beginning of the academic year.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) giant Coursera has lifted restrictions to students in Iran put in place earlier this year in compliance with US export control regulations. The restrictions on provision in Iran, Cuba, Syria and Sudan came into force when the US government released "a clearer interpretation" of how export control regulations relate to MOOCs.