Education

IBM to train 25 million Africans in five years

IBM Digital – Nation Africa, which will be rolled out on a cloud-based learning platform, will provide free programmes to users to help nurture innovation, and improve digital competence. The company will invest $70m into the initiative which will focus on cultivating skills for “New Collar” jobs – a range of careers which include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and the cloud computing. “Industries across ... Read More »

Queensland launches IET Partnership Fund

The Queensland International Education and Training (IET) Partnership Fund, launched by Queensland education minister Kate Jones, will provide A$6m over five years to support programmes and ideas that align with the strategy’s key initiatives and goals, including building market share to 20%. “IET is incredibly important to our state’s economy, contributing $2.8bn annually in export revenue and employing 19,000 Queenslanders,” ... Read More »

International student completion rates remain high in Australia

The report, which details the percentage of students who have completed their studies four and nine years after commencing university and four and six years after commencing at a NUHEI, found 70.8% of university and 62.8% of NUHEI international students completed their studies over the period 2011-2014. This is in comparison to their domestic counterparts, with 45% for universities and ... Read More »

Sterling Partners invests in prep school startup

The amount was undisclosed but the investment is the third to come out of Sterling Partners’ Education Opportunity Fund, its first ever sector-focused fund, which has a target to invest between $10m and $25m in the education businesses. “Amerigo is unique in that Sterling Partners really conceived of the business, which isn’t typically how they operate” Conceived by Sterling Partners, Amerigo ... Read More »

Aus: international education exports surge to $21.8bn

Both the export revenue and student enrolments, which Department of Education and Training data shows totalled more than 700,000 in the year to November 2016, surpassed record highs. “There is strong global demand for Australian education and training and we are helping providers to pursue opportunities” “There is strong global demand for Australian education and training and we are helping ... Read More »

France attracts record number of int’l students, but loses market share

The Campus France report, 4,300,000 Étudiants Internationaux, shows international student numbers were up 7% between 2012 and 2015 to 309,642, making France the world’s fourth most popular study destination and the top francophone destination. “The competition is fiercer and fiercer for everybody. We are less dynamic in the market” However, the report also shows that other study destinations are stepping ... Read More »

Navitas partners with University of Idaho

The University of Idaho International Student Success Program will commence in September 2017 on the university’s main campus in Moscow, Idaho, subject to regulatory approvals. “We look forward to enhancing the University of Idaho’s brand as an international study destination” The pathway will prepare both undergraduate and postgraduate students for study at the university. Navitas will also recruit international students ... Read More »

IDP Education acquires Hotcourses Group for £30m

With more than 66 million visits and two million users accessing Hotcourses Group’s database of 500,000 courses from more than 5,000 institutions in 48 countries, the move expands IDP’s digital service offering to students and clients. “Many students choose to research and make their study choices online these days” Speaking with The PIE News, IDP Education’s CEO Andrew Barkla said ... Read More »

Germany: new agency members, website for FDSV

Astur in Fulda and Lingoschools in Frankfurt joined the association bringing its total membership to 29 agencies. Meanwhile, the FDSV website has an enhanced course search function making it easier for German students to peruse courses offered by agency partners. Peter Schuto, managing directer at Astur, which recruits students to Germany as well as sends German students overseas, said joining ... Read More »