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Hong Kong is experiencing labour shortages across a wide range of industries due to a falling youth population and negative perceptions of vocational education. These pressures have sparked renewed government efforts to rebrand Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET), with growing opportunities for foreign institutions to provide solutions.
East Asia
15/11/2017
HE, FE
Posted by Matt Durnin under Partnership/TNE, Country/Market Intelligence
In May this year the Thai government piqued the international education sector’s curiosity by announcing legislation that would allow “high potential” foreign higher education institutions to set up campuses in Thailand. But as enthusiasm for branch campuses has waned globally in recent years, will the new policy opening in Thailand present an appealing opportunity? The answer largely depends on the details, which have yet to fully emerge.
East Asia
07/11/2017
HE
Posted by Kevin Prest under Country/Market Intelligence

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China's 19th Communist Party Congress concluded last week, with education emerging as a frequent theme in recapping progress achieved to date and future targets. Minister of Education Chen Baosheng announced a goal for China to be the world’s top international education destination by 2049 and emphasised success achieved to date. National statistics show that around 443,000 international students studied in Mainland China in 2016, up by 35 per cent from 2012. Around half of these were students studying on programmes that award higher education qualifications. This makes China one of the top three global destinations for international students, behind the US and the UK.
East Asia
03/11/2017
HE, FE, Sch, ELT, Agt
Posted by Cathy He under Country/Market Intelligence

There is strong demand for short-term overseas programmes, such as summer schools, and the opportunities this brings for the UK education sector.

© Mat Wright

As rising incomes in Mainland China are driving an explosion in the number of Chinese nationals going abroad to study, a new report by the British Council and English UK highlights strong demand for short-term overseas programmes, such as summer schools, and the opportunities this brings for the UK education sector.
East Asia
08/09/2017
ELT
Posted by Kevin Prest under Partnership/TNE, Country/Market Intelligence

Many Chinese universities offer large cash bonuses for papers published in leading academic journals. Recent research into these bonus structures can help UK institutions to understand Chinese researchers' incentives and work more smoothly with Chinese partners.

Many Chinese universities offer large cash bonuses for papers published in leading academic journals. Recent research into these bonus structures can help UK institutions to understand Chinese researchers' incentives and work more smoothly with Chinese partners.
East Asia
24/07/2017
HE
Posted by Matt Durnin under Recruitment, Country/Market Intelligence

The majority of agents and UK institutions report growth in applications this year, but a significant minority say that recruitment numbers have fallen.

The majority of agents and UK institutions report growth in applications this year, but a significant minority say that recruitment numbers have fallen.
East Asia
28/06/2017
HE
Posted by Matt Durnin under Recruitment, Country/Market Intelligence

UK study visa statistics from 2016 show that the number of major UK recruitment markets is dwindling and key markets are in jeopardy, with only continued growth from China preventing a substantial overall decline in student mobility to the UK.

At first glance, the headline figure doesn’t seem too alarming: the UK issued 194,608 study visas in 2016, down by 0.2 per cent from a year earlier. But the aggregate figure masks a worrying shift in the composition of the UK’s international student recruitment portfolio, with universities relying on a shrinking number of struggling markets.
All SIEM regions
27/03/2017
HE
Posted by Steve Corry under Recruitment, Country/Market Intelligence

Our analysis shows that Hong Kong’s high school graduate numbers will continue to dwindle over the over the next five years, but a substantial recovery could be in the offing thereafter.

Hong Kong’s population is rapidly greying, with a shrinking youth demographic and a rising number of retirees. Does this spell trouble for UK student recruitment in the market? Our analysis shows that Hong Kong’s high school graduate numbers will continue to dwindle over the over the next five years, but a substantial recovery could be in the offing thereafter.
East Asia
10/01/2017
HE, Sch, Agt
Posted by Kevin Prest under Recruitment, Country/Market Intelligence

Header image © James Glossop

The Home Office released visa data for the third quarter of the year on 1 December, giving us our first clear view of inbound student mobility trends in 2016. Overall study visa issuance receded slightly, down 0.2 per cent compared to the first three quarters of 2015. Among the UK’s top ten non-EU recruitment markets, only three saw year-on-year growth in study visa issuance.
All SIEM regions
02/12/2016
HE, FE, Sch
Posted by Matt Durnin under Country/Market Intelligence
Earlier this week we hosted a Russell Group delegation in Shanghai. Given the group’s prominence in research and innovation, the conversation inevitably turned to how we can work to deepen collaboration with Chinese partners in these areas. China of course is working in collaboration with a lot of countries, but there are several reasons why UK-China research partnerships make for an especially good pairing.
East Asia
03/11/2016
HE

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