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.

  • After completing its bailout programme early, Cyprus was heralded by many for its fiscal discipline and efforts to rebuild its international credibility. While its economy has started to expand again, Cyprus needs to address low employment growth and high youth unemployment levels. Although spending on education is comparatively high, outcomes are not good, with skills developed in the education...
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  • After the resignation of long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and in the years that followed, the slow progress towards economic and political reform resulted in continued discontent among a young and rapidly expanding population that is facing rising poverty and unemployment. It will be important to transform Egypt’s economy into a dynamic system that can bring down poverty levels,...
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  • Economic growth is starting to take hold, supported by increases in investment and consumption. Consumer optimism has also risen as confidence in the economic situation improves to levels that have not been seen since before the global crisis. The labour market is also showing signs of improvement as unemployment levels fall. However, reducing unemployment among young people, particularly those...
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  • In addition to being a global economic and political powerhouse, Germany has emerged as a formidable player in the international higher education market. Its wide English-language offerings, openness to foreign students and workers, almost fee-free education system, multicultural society and position as a renowned industry leader with increasingly high-ranking world class institutions combine to...
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  • Ghana is predicted to recover well from recent economic difficulties, provided it can maintain its programme of fiscal consolidation and resolve problems in the oil sector. It faces challenges in terms of debt-servicing, inflation, a weak currency and low oil prices, but its democracy has passed a test in the recent peaceful election and the country has the potential to benefit from its large...
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  • After more than six consecutive years of recession and austerity measures which have reduced Greece’s economy to a quarter of its former size and pushed unemployment to high levels, there are promising signs. Economic growth is projected to gain some momentum as confidence strengthens and structural reforms finally take effect, boosting exports and investment levels, and improving employment...
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  • Hong Kong is an advanced service-based economy whose economic growth in the past was founded on acting as a hub for trade and investment in Mainland China. This role is now changing and the government is looking to encourage more technology start-ups and creative and knowledge-based industries, as well as extending its financial expertise as part of the mainland’s strategy to develop links across...
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  • India continues to outpace the other BRICS economies and its huge youth population and growing middle class are potentially the world’s largest labour force and consumer market. However, a focus on reforms designed to create a skilled, diverse workforce and a world-class manufacturing industry are not keeping pace with demand and India’s formal employment sector has not developed in line with its...
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  • Indonesia is one of the largest economies in the world, and has the fourth-biggest population, over a quarter of which is aged under 14. It has experienced rapid economic growth in this century and has met many of its development goals in terms of widening access to education and reducing poverty. However, with the impact of the global slowdown and, in particular, the decline in demand for...
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  • Italy is starting to recover after a deep and protracted economic crisis, with reforms slowly beginning to take effect. However, the recovery is weak, productivity is low, and structural inefficiencies and poor regulation make it difficult to do business in Italy. The fallout from the economic crisis is still evident with high levels of joblessness and less disposable income. Although the...
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