Switzerland topped the latest OECD list of attractive countries for international university students due access to work during studies, while Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK fell due to relatively high tuition fees.
The new edition of the OECD's Trends Shaping Education report was presented at the Education World Forum and surmised that many global changes face the international education sector, but they do not need to be negative.
The number of international students in higher education programs worldwide has more than doubled in less than two decades, with a strong focus on STEM and doctoral programs, according to OECD's latest Education at a Glance report.
The latest research from OECD reveals that STEM subjects are undertaken by one-third of globally mobile tertiary students, suggesting that lower language requirements but also better career opportunities are reasons for this trend.
This month 80 member countries of PISA will meet to discuss a new ‘assessment of global competence’ to be rolled out for its 2018/19 study which could diversify the cross-national test away from its core areas of mathematics, reading and science.