Big powers struggle to agree on UN resolution as new Syria talks begin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov are seen seated next to each other before a meeting of Foreign Ministers about the situation in Syria at the Palace Hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York December 18, 2015.   Western powers had hoped the council would rubber-stamp a resolution endorsing a two-year ... Read More »

Thai reporter received 2015 AFP Kate Webb Prize

Thai investigative journalist Mutita Chuachang received yesterday evening December 1, 2015 at the FCCT in Bangkok, the 2015 Kate Webb Prize from Agence France-Presse (AFP) for her independent reporting on human rights including Thailand’s draconian use of the royal defamation law. Mutita is the assistant editor of the non-profit online newspaper Prachatai , where she has worked since 2004. Mutita’s ... Read More »

Private capital marked for education only expected to grow: Parthenon-EY

The world’s supply of quality education isn’t keeping pace with global demand, creating a fruitful environment for private investment, according to a report by investment consultancy Parthenon-EY. Investment activity over the last decade has boomed, with no sign of abating as technological advancements drive growth. A report presented by Parthenon-EY at the Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education last ... Read More »

Russia’s Putin orders suspension of free trade zone with Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered his government to suspend Russia’s free trade zone with Ukraine from Jan. 1, making good on Moscow’s threats to Kiev which seeks closer ties with the European Union. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula last year and is accused by Kiev of fomenting a bloody conflict with pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country. ... Read More »

India survey finds “shifting reality” in students’ preferences

A survey of heads of more than 100 secondary schools in India has suggested a new reality is taking shape in the international education priorities of Indian students. Carried out by market intelligence firm M.M Advisory Services, the survey confirms trends for outbound Indian students: the US is the top destination, and engineering and computer science are the most popular ... Read More »

FDA lifts clinical hold on Advaxis’ cancer compounds

Drug developer Advaxis Inc said on Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had lifted a clinical hold on three of its experimental cancer therapies, sending the company’s shares up as much as 38 percent. The U.S. health regulator had in October put on hold mid-stage trials of the company’s lead therapy, axalimogene filolisbac, after a patient died. Advaxis had ... Read More »

Girls slightly outperform boys in English proficiency, says research

Are girls more proficient in the English language than boys? This is a question researchers from Cambridge English Language Assessment have attempted to answer by looking at thousands of test results from teenagers taking IELTS exams between January 2014 and January 2015 Researchers looked at 16-19 year old test takers in 35 countries sitting the exam for academic or immigration ... Read More »

Canada: 10% year-on-year growth in international enrolments

A state-of-play report released this week by CBIE in Canada underlines an overall growth rate of 10% in international student enrolments from 2013-2014, with 336,497 international students studying in Canada in 2014 – up 83% in a decade. Key source countries are China, India, South Korea, France and Saudi Arabia, followed by the US and Brazil. Overall, Chinese students account for ... Read More »

Wales: 1 job created for every 3 non-EU students

The small and beautiful country of Wales in the UK has released a report underlining how integral and essential international education is for the country: £530 million in export earnings in 2014 has been attributed to the sector, which creates 7,600 full-time equivalent jobs in Wales. Almost one in five students in Wales in 2013/14 hailed from overseas and one Welsh job was ... Read More »

OECD: Half of world’s mobile students from Asia in 2013

Asian students continued to represent over half of international students enrolled in tertiary education in 2013, according to the latest Education at a Glance report by OECD, which also shows the proportion of international students is higher at the more advanced degree levels. Its latest report, which was released this week, also notes that the number of students going to study in OECD ... Read More »