Newsletter issue: Aug 2016

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

How prepared are international students when they head to the UK? In our newly-published Partnership Access: Optimising the success of international transfer students report, we examine the experience of international students who progress to the UK, the awarding country, after beginning their degree programmes at home. In addition to tracking overall TNE and transfer pathway trends, we've conducted interviews with university administrators and professors in Malaysia, Egypt and the UK to gather their on-the-ground observations on the English and academic ability of their transfer students. Findings from this report are relevant to stakeholders concerned with on-campus international student readiness and success.

On the topic of on-campus success, earlier this month we published Broadening Horizons: Maximising the impact of study abroad, which looks closely at the period following a student's return home from study abroad. We have a Q & A in this month's newsletter with Research Director Zainab Malik on report findings as well as opportunities for students and institutions to enhance experiential benefits.

Lastly, we have launched a new Education Intelligence LinkedIn showcase page! Please take a moment for a quick look and follow us to keep abreast of our latest research reports and team updates.

Best regards,

Anna Esaki-Smith
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Revelations & realities: new research 
Broadening Horizons 2016: Maximising the impact of study abroad 

Our annual Broadening Horizons research series explores the perceived drivers and barriers to study abroad from a student perspective. Our 2016 edition focuses on how UK students, with the help of the universities they attend, can maximise their time spent abroad by strategically 'unpacking' the experience upon their return. We feel the insights we have reaped, especially from focus groups conducted in the UK, can truly inform on-the-ground strategies for both home and international students.

Partnership Access: Optimising the success of international transfer students

The challenges faced by international students pursuing university study in both their home country and the UK are examined in our new Partnership Access: Optimising the success of international transfer students. In addition to providing background information on TNE and transfer pathways, the report contains findings from interviews conducted with university administrators and professors on the English language ability and academic readiness of their transfer students, as well as social and cultural factors that impact on-campus integration.

Student Insight Thailand 2016

We have a new Student Insight report focusing on Thailand, the second largest economy in ASEAN, where students from a growing middle class are eager to gain an edge in an increasingly competitive job market. There are in-country efforts to raise overall education quality, but ambitious students are looking overseas to improve their professional prospects as well as their English language skills. More than 210,000 students from over 100 countries have responded to our Student Insight survey which gauges the most influential factors impacting their decision to study abroad.

Country Brief 2016

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 are a total of 42 new reports in the 2016 series. Eight new reports covering Australia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Oman, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia and UAE are now available.  

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Here are our top picks from the news on international higher education
Even with equal internet access, 'digital divide' persists between rich and poor teens
Although young people from wealthy and poor backgrounds in many countries spend about the same amount of time online, they are using the Internet in very different ways, according to a new OECD report. Teenagers from wealthier backgrounds were more likely to be using the Internet to search for information or to read news rather than chatting or playing video games. While equal access implies equal opportunities, disadvantaged students are less likely to be aware of the opportunities that digital technology offers. 

How British universities have become global brands

Many UK universities can be considered global entities, establishing international branch campuses, partnerships, franchising arrangements and online courses around the world. International visibility and diversity among staff and students are increasingly viewed as signs of quality, a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Junior students remain an important growth segment for language travel

Parents wanting to increase their children's language proficiency is helping to drive demand for language travel in the junior demographic segment, which is made up of students under the age of 18. Although some destinations saw a decline in junior student numbers in 2015 for reasons including economic downturn or the increased availability of local language-learning options in key source markets, the segment is well positioned for further growth and development.
Spotlight - the latest news and views 
An inside look at the new Broadening Horizons
Education Intelligence recently released the fourth edition in the Broadening Horizons series, which explores the drivers and barriers relating to study abroad. We spoke with Zainab Malik, Director of Research at Education Intelligence, who shares some insights from the latest report. 

What was the angle Education Intelligence took with Broadening Horizons 2016: Maximising the impact of study abroad? Why did you decide to pursue this direction?

Broadening Horizons research concerns outward mobility of students, and historically we have examined overall interest in study abroad as well as the drivers for and barriers to overseas study. We decided to focus the series in its fourth year on the immediate perceived effects of study abroad, and how the experience manifests itself in the student experience, career expectations and contribution to society of returned UK students.

Ten fast facts about Hong Kong
A Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China which follows a 'one country, two systems' model, Hong Kong has a different currency and political system to China. Education has been a key priority for the local government as Hong Kong develops into a highly service-driven economy that also serves as an international hub for a wide variety of industries. Take a look at our ten fast facts to get an overview of this vibrant market.
Anastasia Cotton
This month, we invited Anastasia Cotton, Assistant Dean for Overseas Admissions at ACS International Schools, which represent three ACS schools in the UK and one in Doha, Qatar, to share with us some of her experiences working in different international school markets.

What do you like best about your job? 

Like any other person, I go to the office and do my duties. But, I feel like I'm doing something good and that I'm helping families set the future for their children...
...that the largest share of international students in Italy come from Romania (14.6%) and Albania (13.6%), from where some of the country's biggest migrant groups originate? China (9%), Ukraine (4.5%), Moldova (4.2%) and Morocco (4.1%) are also leading sources of students.

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

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