Newsletter issue: February 2015

Anna Esaki-Smith
Editorial Director
Education Intelligence British Council

Dear colleagues:


Kung Hei Fat Choi! Last week, we celebrated the Lunar New Year holidays here in Hong Kong by enjoying feasts with families, watching dragon dances on streets and shopping malls and exchanging lucky lai see packets filled with brand new dollar bills. For those of you also observing, Education Intelligence wishes you a lucky and prosperous (or perhaps warm and fuzzy) Year of the Sheep!


To kick off this auspicious beginning, we have a substantive line-up of new reports that have just been published: Student Insight reports on Brazil, Brunei, Nepal and Russia; a Student Insight Hot Topics on English language study destinations; an Inside Guide focusing on Kenya, and a further education report on Pakistan. We pride ourselves on the breadth of our portfolio, and hope this wide range of research is relevant and useful.


Best regards,

Anna Esaki-Smith

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Ten fast facts about Turkey 


Each month, the Education Intelligence newsletter profiles a market from our Country Brief series, and provides ten engaging facts from the most current report. The Philippines was in the limelight for the last newsletter of 2014 - for our first newsletter of 2015, we take a closer look at Turkey, birthplace of the likes of Aesop, Homer and the Apostle, St. Paul.


New research: Revelations and realities 

Student Insight reports: listen to what students in Brazil, Brunei, Nepal and Russia have to say 


These latest reports focus on prospective students from Brazil, Brunei, Nepal and Russia interested in studying abroad. As well as profiling potential students and the factors influencing their decision to study abroad, the reports provides insight into the range of information sources used in the decision-making process, including family, friends, agents, search engines, websites and social networks, and identifies which sources are considered most valuable. With rising tertiary enrolment rates and increasing numbers of students going abroad every year to study, these Student Insight reports provides valuable support to help drive the marketing and recruitment efforts of higher education institutions.


Student Insight Hot Topics - English language study destinations 


This report examines recent trends in major English-language study destinations including the UK, US, Canada and Australia. Featuring a spotlight on countries that are the main sources of students pursuing English-language study, the report also highlights emerging markets along with those experiencing declines. In addition to examining what is driving these trends, this Hot Topic report explores some of the smaller traditional and non-traditional study destinations. 


Sector report - Further education and skills: Pakistan 


This report presents an overview of government policy, reform efforts and the institutional framework for skills delivery, and examines the market size, structure, and the quality and scale of TVET services currently available in Pakistan. While providing perspective and insight into the country's TVET system, the report also highlights the challenges and opportunities for international training providers, suppliers and educators in one of the world's most populous countries.


Inside Guide - Kenya 


Promising economic growth and an expanding middle class are driving demand in Kenya for higher education abroad as well as within its domestic education system. This Inside Guide provides a grassroots examination of Kenya with an overview of key trends and insights for higher education institutions abroad exploring partnership and recruitment opportunities to host increasing numbers of Kenyan students.


News alerts  

US moves to double its number of outbound students by 2018 


The number of US post-secondary students studying abroad has roughly doubled in each of the past two decades. The most recent figures, from the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Open Doors Report on International and Educational Exchange, indicate 289,408 American students studied abroad for academic credit in 2012-2013.


Government in Taiwan to cut higher education enrolment by 35 per cent 


Taiwan plans to cut enrolment at universities and graduate institutes by around 35 per cent over the next decade due to a shrinking population caused by a low birth rate.


No discernible growth in US higher education online learning 


There has been no discernible growth in post-secondary students taking at least one online course in the US according to the official statistics.


Transnational courses earn the UK £496 million 


In a report published late last year, transnational courses are said to earn the UK £496 million, significantly higher than those given in previous assessments.


Up close and personal with ... Tong Sheng Ch'ng 

This month we talk with Tong Sheng Ch'ng, better known as Thomson, a Malaysian student pursuing a Master of Science (Project Management) at Curtin University Sydney, who considers the challenges of multi-tasking, and waxes lyrical about chocolate and instant noodles.


In October 2013 Thomson was awarded the New South Wales Premier's International Student of the Year Award for the Higher Educated Category. As a former National Secretary and the incumbent National President for the Council of International Students Australia (CISA), the national student representative body for international students in Australia, Thomson is committed to promoting the interests and needs of international students in Australia. 


What is your favourite conference and why?
I am based in Australia and mainly attend conferences within Australia...(the Australian International Education Conference) is a meeting for student representatives like us to get to know "who's who in the zoo." For some, conferences may be about learning something new and getting industry updates, but for me, conferences are about networking opportunities, meeting the right people and 'getting things done'!

My favourite part of the conference is the exhibition foyer. Every time I walk into the exhibition space, I sense the momentum and industry vibe, and feel like it is where there are a lot of things happening. People are making deals, connecting with new stakeholders, catching up with old mates and making new ones.
What is your current country of interest and why?
China. Conversations with many student representatives and leaders of the Chinese student community here in Australia have made me realise that there is a lot of hope, optimism and expectations from the leadership of China's current President Xi Jinping. The historic China-Australia Free Trade Agreement which was signed after last November's G20 leaders' summit is a strong indication that China is strengthening its partnerships and relationships with other countries, crafting a new chapter in the era of global engagement.
What is your greatest challenge?
Being a student along with the extra CISA responsibilities, my greatest challenges are time management and having a good work-study balance. The position of CISA President is a very demanding advocacy role, which at times can be lonely. A president of a national student organisation is faced with expectations from stakeholders, members and international students, and there is also a need to stay on top of developments in the sector. Invariably there are sacrifices which need to be made when it comes to a social life and catching up with friends.
What keeps you up at night?
My Facebook news feed and video podcasts accompany me before bed. These are the easiest and fastest ways of getting to know what is happening in other people's worlds. Among my favourite video clips are speeches from political and business leaders which will inspire me the next day. Apart from that, meeting my assignment deadlines definitely forces me to stay awake (with the help of instant noodles as my supper!).
What's your guilty pleasure?
Dessert - chocolate and cheese cake. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) booth at their conference has IELTS chocolate, which is one of my favourites. Despite advice from family and friends to cut down on desserts, I tend to find it a very good way to gain temporary pleasure from pressure and stress, which I am sure is the same for many out there!

Did you know? 

...that 13,000 Hong Kong students were denied publicly-funded university places, a seven percent increase compared to the previous year?


Find out more from our brand new Country Brief 2014.