Newsletter issue: September 2014

Anna Esaki-Smith
Editorial Director
Education Intelligence British Council

Dear colleagues:


To address rising interest in research output, university rankings and industry-level skills, as well as how these elements intersect, we have produced a major piece of forecasting work, Postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024. This new research examines how the origin markets of students seeking advanced qualifications will develop, as well as how traditional and emerging host destinations will fare over the next ten years.


As I've mentioned previously, we are launching the report - which will be available for free - at our second annual Education Intelligence Research Forum taking place on 6 October in Brisbane, Australia, just prior to the AIEC. However, if you'd like a sneak preview of the research findings and to learn about the report's overall context, check out our Q & A with the author, Education Intelligence Research Director Zainab Malik, that can be found here.


Lastly, we have just published Parent perspectives: sending Kazakhstani students abroad for school, which provides unique insight into the factors currently influencing the decision making of Kazakhstani parents open to the idea of sending their children abroad for school. We hope you find this exploration of overseas study from the parents' side to be unique and helpful.


Best regards,  

Anna Esaki-Smith

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Q&A with Zainab Malik, author of 'Postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024' 


On October 6 Education Intelligence will present the results of a major research initiative 'Postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024' at the second annual Education Intelligence Research Forum. The research examines current trends in postgraduate mobility between key origin and destination markets, and will forecast student flows through the next decade. We managed to speak with the author, Zainab Malik, Director of Research, Education Intelligence, British Council, who gave us a sneak preview.

Free report: the world's top 500 universities through student eyes 


How effective are the online information and enquiry services of the top 500 universities? This special report evaluates the recruitment process of universities through the eyes of prospective international students. With the aim of enabling institutions to improve the quality of information they offer prospective students, benchmark their provision globally and attract a more diverse student population, the report also introduces a new methodology in higher education research. The research involved a team of international students who evaluated the world's top 500 universities based on the 'findability' of their websites, ease of locating important information, and responsiveness to enquiries. The report, which was produced by British Council IELTS in partnership with Study Portals, presents a global snapshot of data collected and key findings.


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Each month, the Education Intelligence newsletter profiles a market from our Country Brief series, and provides ten engaging facts from the most current report. Colombia was in the spotlight last month - this time we take a closer look at Canada, a country with 244,000 kilometres of coastline, and home to the world's longest seashore.


New research: Revelations and realities 

Parent perspectives: sending Kazakhstani students abroad for school 


With an expanding middle class, increasing wealth and a growing economy, the government of Kazakhstan has prioritised education although focus and resource allocation has been devoted to higher and vocational education rather than basic education. This report examines the perceptions and influences impacting the decision-making of Kazakhstani parents who are open to the idea of sending their children abroad for secondary school. In addition to market information, the report includes the results of a proprietary British Council parent survey in Kazakhstan. While providing an understanding of the recruitment environment for UK schools and further education colleges in Kazakhstan, this valuable report presents the data and context to support UK and other schools internationally, in the development of internationalisation strategies.


Macro-trends analysis - Integration of international students: A UK perspective 


With the number of internationally mobile students continuing to grow, the international student has become a big part of the higher education landscape in many countries around the world. This report examines the importance of international student integration in the context of the UK higher education sector, international student decision-making and the UK student perspective. Alongside insight into trends in international student decision-making, the report features the results of an exclusive survey of over 2,500 UK students which provides an understanding of UK student perceptions on the integration of international students. 

New Country Brief 2014 reports are now available 


Azerbaijan, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Romania and Spain reports are now available for purchase and download. Refreshed annually to ensure they are up-to-date and reliable, Country Briefs provide a window into a country's education system, and a wider view of society and the influences impacting the higher education sector. Content includes macro-economic and socio-economic indicators, educational expenditure, analyses of GDP, disposable income and employment by sector. 

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Joe has been in his post for five years and travels extensively, representing The Chronicle at conferences, companies and on campuses around the world. Prior to The Chronicle, Joe ran his own magazine aimed at international students in the US and before that, he travelled around the Middle East buying handmade rugs for a chain of UK shops. Joe brings a unique perspective to his work, and as you might expect, loves travelling, as well as sleeping and cycling.

What is your favourite conference and why?
It is hard to pick one but I really enjoy AIEA; it's small, the sessions are normally enlightening and often attended by a really interesting group of people. It takes place in February which is often a quiet month for me (in terms of travel), and I really enjoy the size and collegial feel.
What is your current country of interest and why?
I think the UK is in a very interesting transition period at the moment. The arrival of student fees has made universities think more commercially than ever before... As a result, universities are rethinking their offerings to international students and considering new countries and regions to target. It's a fascinating time to be involved in international education and to watch as universities become more innovative.
What is your greatest challenge?
Professionally: Staying on top of developments all over the world. I'm lucky that I work for The Chronicle which gives me access to some of the world's best education journalists, but even so, it's hard to know what's happening in every region and every country.
Personally: I've been training to ride the Prudential London 100 in August. It will be about 100 miles in around seven hours, which for those who know me, will be a huge challenge! I'm riding for UNICEF though, which is a huge motivator, and I hope not to let anyone down.
What keeps you up at night?
I suffer from being a little too enthusiastic about things sometimes, and my mind is abuzz with ideas, developments or issues. Normally though, I listen to one or two podcasts and I'll be fast asleep. I think the only time this changes is when I've just come back from a long flight with jetlag and a bad back from the economy seats!
What's your guilty pleasure?
I don't feel hugely guilty about it, but I love great food. I don't drink and so have developed a real love of great restaurants, whether it's Michelin star or just simple, family-style cooking. One of the best parts of my job is finding hidden gems with colleagues and clients all over the world.

did you know? 

...that in Greece, English-taught programmes are largely limited to private colleges where transnational programmes are also available? There are 186 programmes taught in English, including a large number of postgraduate and MBA programmes.


Find out more from our brand new Country Brief 2014.