Rising numbers of international students bringing dependants with them to study in the UK, especially from Nigeria, is leading to new challenges for universities supporting families in planning for their arrival and finding accommodation.
We want to start looking at delivering English language plus soft skills. And we’re also looking at India, we’ll be the first organised company that will actually market Indian universities overseas, to send students from the MENA region to study in India.
A new international strategy from UCAS, significant opportunity in markets such as Indonesia and Iraq and a revelatory update from Universities UK all featured in a information-loaded BUILA annual conference last week. Organisations working hard to boost the sector's international capabilities interacted with delegates in the Scottish capital.
As Libya begins to rebuild its infrastructure two years after its civil war, a "golden opportunity" has arisen for foreign English language, VET and HE institutions to recruit students funded by the government or private companies. The British Council alone expects 17,000 Libyans to study at UK institutions this year through a new government scholarship programme.
Libya's newly formed legislative body, the General National Congress (GNC) has proposed allocating LD 3.28 billion (US$2.57 billion) to send 40,000 Libyans abroad to study English and gain technical training. Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Bashir Echtewi, has confirmed that 5,692 students and 2,004 faculty who already hold Masters degrees will be sent abroad.
TVET UK has signed an MOU with the Libyan National Board for Technical and Vocational Education (NBTVE) to boost vocational training opportunities in Libya. The association, which represents around 70 British vocational training colleges and suppliers, said the move would open up a “pipeline of support” to post-revolution Libya as it looked to up-skill its workers and build capacity.