Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai has signed two agreements with the British Council to ensure training for 16,500 of the country's estimated 45,000 English teachers and to support the Ministry of Higher Education's goal to move Kabul’s public universities towards an English curriculum.
A symposium of higher education institutions and agencies from Britain and Myanmar – including British Council, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Quality Assurance Agency – met in the city of Yangon, Myanmar earlier this week to discuss ways of building academic partnerships between both countries.
British PM David Cameron signed a number of education agreements with Kazakhstan last week, extending opportunities for UK providers. UK Trade and Investment said that the oil-rich country offered opportunities in vocational education and skills development.
The degree search portal Hotcourses is to help the British Council overhaul the site it uses to promote UK education abroad. The Council said the revamp of Education UK would help the country prepare for a more competitive international student market, with the site focusing on new areas such as transnational education and social media.
Despite a growing interest in studying abroad, UK and US students are not getting enough information on the opportunities available to them, a new report from the British Council has claimed. It coincides with the release of another Council study suggesting employers in nine countries now value “intercultural skills” as highly as formal qualifications.
International applications to UK universities rose 9.6% by the January deadline, UCAS revealed today, defying fears that tougher visa policies are damaging the country's appeal as a study destination. Observers welcomed the growth but cautioned that new interviews of students by border officials this year could harm final enrolments.