Newsletter issue: February 2014

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Anna Esaki-Smith
Editorial Director
Education Intelligence, British Council

Dear colleagues,


It was in a very chilly Washington, DC, where the Association of International Education Administrators convened 800 senior university administrators from around the world to discuss all things internationalisation. There was a significant focus on student integration at this year's conference, not only in addressing international student needs, but also appreciating the intangible benefits of their presence on-campus. I spoke on a panel with the University of Pennsylvania's Rudie Altamirano and Anita Mastroeni, both integration experts, and Elizabeth Redden from Inside Higher Ed who has covered this topic extensively. The full room was testament to efforts being made by universities, often dealing with needs of myriad nationalities while on a shoestring budget.


There was a conference breakfast to discuss Japan's ambitious internationalisation goals, including drawing 300,000 international students to the country by 2020, while at the same time dispatching 120,000 Japanese students overseas, double current figures. Japan offers so much to attract students: sushi, safety, fashion, even anime and manga. I met an administrator from a Mexican university who had students studying Japanese just so they could study anime in Tokyo!


Speaking of countries of interest, we have a new Inside Guide this month on Trinidad and Tobago which has seen a substantial rise in the tertiary enrolment rate in the past decade. Also, please check out our Up Close and Personal feature for a mini-profile of our friend The PIE Director Amy Baker. Happy reading!


Best regards,  

Anna Esaki-Smith

Editorial Director

Education Intelligence, British Council  

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New research: Revelations and realities 


Inside Guide - Trinidad and Tobago 


Education is a high priority in Trinidad and Tobago and there has been a substantial increase in the tertiary participation rate in the last decade, rising from seven per cent in 2001 to 40 per cent in 2008. UNESCO estimates that just over 5,100 students from Trinidad and Tobago studied abroad in 2011, with 33 per cent going to the US and 15 per cent to the UK. This new report examines the island country, providing an overview of key trends and offering insights on how to capitalise on potential higher education opportunities.


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up close and person with...Amy Baker 

Since launching in November 2011, the Professionals in International Education - better known as The PIE - has quickly established itself as the must-read source of news and jobs information in the global international education industry. In this issue we meet up with The PIE's director, Amy Baker.

What is your favourite conference and why?
I have to say NAFSA, which sort of blew my mind the first time I attended. It really does make you realise how large the international education industry is in terms of scale, ambition, potential, and how the nuances of cultural, commercial, political and philanthropic agendas all play out. It was attending NAFSA for the first time that gave me the seeds of an idea to create The PIE, providing global perspective on this mega-industry. The conference also moves locations each year and has great parties.
What is your current country of interest and why?
We are currently researching all things Africa for our leading article in the next edition of The PIE Review, our printed magazine, so can I say continent rather than country? My interest was piqued when I listened to Bob Geldof talking about his investment company, 8 Miles - which is the distance between Europe and Africa - and how African countries remain isolated in many people's worldview of developing prosperous economies. Did you know Nigeria is predicted to have the second largest youthful population in the world by 2020? And technology also plays an essential role in education delivery, which is another factor that makes it really interesting.
What is your greatest challenge?
Right now, it is achieving the right balance between running The PIE, which is pretty exciting and time-consuming, and being a parent to my two young children, one of whom is not yet at school. And keeping up with email - my inbox is a constant avalanche.
What keeps you up at night?
Luckily, not a lot. Most likely, mulling over business development direction for our company, which has had a really exciting two and a half years. We started out offering recruitment services and then, given my journalism background, soon launched an online news platform + jobs board, then a magazine. At the moment, we are launching The PIE Plus, a business brokering service enabling introductions for companies considering an acquisition or exit strategy. And see next question...
What's your guilty pleasure?
The TV series Breaking Bad. Anyone reading this who is also a BB addict, please stop me at an event to discuss! My colleagues have often heard me complain that I'm tired because I just had to watch one more episode... I only have two episodes left to go!

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The 100 most international universities in the world 


Most major research universities view their international standing as a vital part of their strategic plans. With powerful global networks universities can find the best academic talent, attract the brightest students and produce collaborative, innovative research that exploits the resources of multiple institutions and tackles matters of global concern. Times Higher Education has compiled a list of the top 100 most international universities using the "international outlook" indicator from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.


Global language survey links English proficiency to social and economic development 


Countries with higher levels of English-language skills also have stronger economies, and their citizens enjoy higher per capita income levels and a higher quality of life. These are some of the findings of a global language survey, the English Proficiency Index (EPI). The study, which ranks 60 countries and territories around the world by adult English proficiency, highlights positive correlations between national EPI scores and such indicators as exports per capita, gross national income per capita, service exports, and quality of life.


did you know? 

...that Malaysia has more than 54 private universities (including international branch campuses) and over 400 private colleges, and that private students accounted for approximately 43 per cent of the country's tertiary enrolments in 2010.


Find out more from our brand new Country Brief 2013.