Open University to invest £13m in FutureLearn

Natalie is a journalism graduate from City University London, who spent part of her degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying mass communication. In her spare time, she is often brushing up on her French and Spanish or glued to the news channels. Around 70% of FutureLearn’s users are based outside of the UK The investment ... Read More »

Online learning can enhance soft power, universities told

Online learning can be a powerful asset not only to universities’ individual funding and internationalisation strategies, but also countries’ soft power and the reputation of their higher education sector as a whole. K. Holly Shiflett of Wiley Education Services and Rajay Naik of Keypath Education speak at the OBHE conference in London. Photo: The PIE News. Beckie graduated from the University ... Read More »

NAFSA to support US-Cuba mobility, partnerships

One year on from President Obama’s historic announcement that the US would begin restoring diplomatic and economic relations between the US and Cuba, NAFSA has launched an initiative to build academic relationships and student mobility between the two countries. President Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic and economic ties with Cuba in a televised speech last year, Beckie graduated from the ... Read More »

Malaysia: EMGS streamlines visa applications

Malaysia has introduced new measures to streamline international student visa applications by allowing HE students to apply directly through EMGS, rather than through an education institution, as well as extending some study visas to match the length of study programmes. The changes aim to increase efficiency and transparency, the Higher Education Ministry has said. Students will be able to track ... Read More »

More US expansion for Study Group, INTO

Both Study Group and INTO University Partnerships have expanded their US operations with the recent announcement of a new US university partnership each. INTO has announced a new partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, its eighth in the US, while Study Group’s Embassy English is set to open on the California Polytechnic State University campus this autumn. INTO says ... Read More »

Aspiring Minds acquires

Aspiring Minds, an India-based job skills credentialing service, has acquired the country’s largest online and mobile internship platform,, for an undisclosed amount., founded in 2010, has a network of four million students, and has helped over 22,000 organisations including Amazon, Uber and Reliance hire interns. It will continue to operate under the same brand. With operations in China, ... Read More »

Spending time overseas leads to workplace innovation, says study

Those who have participated in an international experience are more likely to progress into a job role involving innovation than those who haven’t, according to a recent British Council report. Photo: A World of Experience report Almost half of those (46%) surveyed for the report who have had an international experience, including exchange programmes, volunteering, studying, working or travelling, were involved ... Read More »

UAE students warned against fake university courses

Students have been warned not to fall for scam advertisements on social-media websites offering bogus online degrees from non-existent universities. Facebook and LinkedIn are two sites being used to promote fake courses, which often claim to be accredited to ministries or even real universities abroad. One scam in a Facebook advert promotes a “gulf engineering degree” which, its creators claim, ... Read More »

Mexico announces compulsory ESL in primary schools

As of next year, learning English language will be compulsory for state primary school students in Mexico, in a bid to better prepare students for a globalised world and encourage more students to study abroad. President Peña Nieto, who is backing the initiative to introduce compulsory ESL, visiting a primary school. Photo: Beckie graduated from the University of Leeds ... Read More »

ELT worth £1.2bn to UK, but market is tougher, younger

The UK’s ELT sector generated £1.2bn in export earnings in 2014, supporting some 26,500 jobs, a first-of-its-kind report by representative body English UK has shown. However, at last week’s British Council SIEM conference, ELT stakeholders noted that trading conditions have got even tougher since 2014 when the year-end figures were used in the report. L-R: Jane Dancaster, Timothy Blake, Conor Burns MP for Bournemouth; Huan ... Read More »