Newsletter issue: May 2016

Anna Esaki-Smith
Editorial Director
Education Intelligence British Council
Dear colleagues:

Greetings from Denver, Colorado!

The Education Intelligence team is at the NAFSA 2016 Annual Conference & Expo with this year's theme, Building Capacity for Global Learning. At the British Council's UK market briefing that took place this morning, Education Intelligence Research Director Zainab Malik presented on global education trends and two references she made were particularly striking - 41 per cent of Africa's overall population is currently under the age of 15 and, by 2100, ten African countries are forecast to increase their populations five-fold. With those kinds of figures, the potential for global learning in that part of the world as international higher education truly develops is awe-inspiring.

Switching gears to another market of interest, we have a new Inside Guide: Peru report available this month, a handy compendium of current data and information on a dynamic country with ambitious education goals. Peru has been one of the top performers in the Latin American region in the past decade, averaging 6.4 per cent economic growth each year, and hosts a youthful population. This report gives you a quick overview of what you need to know when considering this country for potential recruitment and international engagement.

Best regards,

Anna Esaki-Smith
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Inside Guide Peru 2016

An upper-middle-income country, Peru is one of the strongest economic performers in Latin America and the Caribbean. With a large young population, strong economic prospects and the government's commitment to strengthen an underperforming education system, Peru offers opportunities for recruiting students to study abroad and for international education and training expertise to support reform efforts and improve practices. This Inside Guide examines Peru, providing an overview of key trends and offering insights on how to capitalise on potential education opportunities.

Country Brief 2016

The Country Brief series is one of the most popular among our Education Intelligence research offerings. For our worldwide audience and stakeholders working across diverse roles with a range of responsibilities within the international education sector, these reports are refreshed annually to ensure they are up-to-date and reliable. In addition to providing a window into a country's education system, a Country Brief also presents a wider view of society and examines factors influencing international education. There will be a total of 42 new reports in the 2016 series. Seven new reports covering Canada, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and South Korea are now available.

Student Insight Kenya 2016

Our Student Insight report series highlights data from our global, ongoing decision-making survey that keeps us abreast of how students across the globe view the prospect of overseas study. More than 200,000 students from over 100 countries have shared information on the most influential factors impacting their decision to study abroad. This month, we offer a look into the prospective international students of Kenya, where survey respondents considering overseas study indicated a significant preference for business and administration study, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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Gavin Fleer
Gavin Fleer is the Director of Partnerships and International with Online Education Services (OES), an organisation which designs, promotes and delivers high quality online programmes on behalf of its education provider partners.
Prior to OES Gavin worked with SEEK, an online employment marketplace, where he was a member of the education team before he joined the international division to manage SEEK's investment in Zhaopin, a Chinese online employment marketplace. Gavin started his working life as a lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons where he specialised in commercial and competition law.

What is your favourite conference and why?
Educause, as it gives access to the top global thinkers on the intersection between education and technology, absolutely essential for our business. I'm a great believer in the OES philosophy that technology can help significantly improve the student experience, by making it more personalised and engaging.
What is your current country of interest and why?
Given our success in Australia, with over 10,000 students through our first partnership Swinburne Online, we are confident we can help poor, working adults in other countries by providing access to quality online education.
We are currently focused on South East Asia, as we are uniquely placed to reach students given SEEK, a part owner in OES, has a majority shareholding in the leading online jobs boards in the region.
What is your greatest challenge?
Remaining ruthless and vigilant at prioritising. We are in a privileged position where there are many exciting opportunities we could pursue both in Australia and internationally, so it's a matter of boiling it down to a manageable list and remaining focused on nailing those opportunities.
What keeps you up at night?
One of my three children, aged four, two and a newborn. My mantra at the moment is 'sleep is overrated and embrace the chaos.'
What's your guilty pleasure?
Hot chips and vinegar (my mouth is watering at the thought as I write this...).
...that US$250 million has been allocated by the Indian government to expand on multi-skill training institutes and the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna programme, which offers youth a financial incentive to complete vocational training?

Find out more from our report, Country Brief - India 2016

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