Country Briefs

Country Briefs

Offering a demographic and economic overview of a given country, the briefs feature current data, local market intelligence and forecasts to support market evaluation. In addition to an overview of the national media scene which helps marketers better understand media opportunities, an examination of a country’s education system and key issues affecting the sector is also provided. The latest statistics and competitive market intelligence will help higher education providers identify possibilities and opportunities.

  • Australia is a highly developed economy and major player in the international education field, hosting one of the largest and most diverse international student populations in the world. The government is keen to develop this by boosting its Study in Australia brand, and increased funding for internationalisation is taking place against a backdrop of much debated higher education reforms designed...
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  • Azerbaijan experienced rapid economic growth following the breakup of the Soviet Union, driven primarily by oil wealth. Progress and rising wealth have enabled rapid improvements in human development, although with declining oil prices economic diversification has become increasingly necessary to ensure sustainable growth in the future. Steep currency devaluations in the last couple of years have...
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  • The need to diversify its economy away from oil and gas due to diminishing reserves has been intensified in recent years by the impact of the global downturn and low oil prices. Bahrain has attempted to sustain its economy and ensure social stability by increasing government spending, but this has depleted reserves and raised public debt, leading to ratings downgrades in recent months. Bahrain’s...
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  • Bangladesh continues to see robust growth, largely due to substantial remittances and higher exports. While the low income country has made good progress towards its Millennium Development Goals, significant development challenges remain, and a large proportion of the population lives in poverty. Only a small share of its youth is progressing to higher education, yet the vast size and young age...
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  • For much of the past decade Brazil was one of the world’s fastest-growing emerging economies. As well as increased growth, poverty levels were reduced and the standard of living for millions was dramatically improved. However, in recent years a deteriorating economy, rising unemployment, high inflation, and political corruption scandals have cast a shadow over the country, while the improvements...
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  • Bulgaria has made remarkable achievements in recent decades, transforming from a slow, highly centralised economy to an open, market-based, upper-middle-income economy. However, to accelerate growth and improve living standards, Bulgaria needs to address inequalities between regions and socioeconomic groups, raise productivity, tackle the high youth unemployment and plan for the country’s rapidly...
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  • Despite a large deficit and high levels of household debt, Canada’s economy looks poised to make a good recovery from the oil and commodities slump. The government is committed to a clean environment, investing in innovation and infrastructure, and supporting the middle class. The country has a high reputation for education and is an appealing destination for international students. With plans to...
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  • One of the most prosperous, stable and internationally competitive states in South America, Chile has gained increasing regional and international visibility in recent years. As the young population begins to contract, boosting worker productivity and adult skills – which are still low by OECD standards – is a priority. As such, the government is undertaking sweeping reforms to return control of...
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  • China has undergone a remarkable transformation over the past four decades as it has shifted from a centrally-planned to a market-based economy and the government aims to create a “moderately prosperous society” by 2020. The country still faces many challenges including its ageing population, shrinking workforce, environmental issues, and the impact of the recent slowdown, but millions of people...
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  • Colombia has transformed over the past decade, moving away from the failed state image of the past and emerging as an increasingly prosperous nation with high potential for development. The government embarked on an ambitious plan to enhance growth and increase labour productivity, and has made significant progress in making growth more inclusive, reducing poverty levels and broadening access to...
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