International Educator - May/June 2012 - 22
looking Ahead: higher Education trends in the next decade
ccording to a new study by Oxford Economics for the British Council, by 2020 the largest higher education systems are likely to be China, with 37 million students; India, with 28 million students; the United States, with 20 million students; and Brazil, with 9 million students. According to the study, The Shape of Things to Come: Higher Education Global Trends and Emerging Opportunities, of the 50 nations evaluated in the study, these four countries will also account for 50 percent of student enrollment in higher education institutions. What this means for the United Kingdom, says the British Council, is that in the next decade nearly 30,000 more international students are likely to study in the United Kingdom, as it benefits from links to such fast-growing countries as India. But, warns the report, “competition for increasing numbers of globally mobile students will remain strong, especially from the U.S. and Canada, with higher university tuition fees and tougher visa rules in the UK potentially impacting negatively on the international popularity of our universities and colleges.” For more information, visit www.britishcouncil.org.
indian Students look to germany
erman institutions are experiencing an inﬂux of students from India, according to a recent article in the hindustan times (www.hindustantimes. com), which reports that campuses in Germany attracted nearly one-quarter more Indian students in 2010–2011 (5,038) compared with 2009–2010 (4,070). “Indian Enrolments Soar in Germany” reported on some of the reasons for this shift, including particularly tough visa rules in some countries, lack of employment opportunities, and Germany’s relatively strong economy. An additional factor is that Germany has adopted a bill designed to introduce a new work and residence permit known as the EU Blue Card.
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