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 UAE sets a new tone for scholarship programmes in the Persian Gulf

UAE sets a new tone for scholarship programmes in the Persian Gulf

The United Arab Emirates has launched a new scholarship programme that aims to send 6,000 Emirati students for degree programmes in the US and Canada by 2028. The...

 Updated Saudi scholarship programme will send 70,000 students abroad by 2030  

Updated Saudi scholarship programme will send 70,000 students abroad by 2030  

The Saudi government plans to send 70,000 students to 200 approved foreign institutions by 2030 under an updated approach for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship...

 The new shape of Saudi demand for study abroad

The new shape of Saudi demand for study abroad

The total number of Saudi Arabian students abroad has declined from a high point in 2016, at which time there were more than 100,000 students enrolled outside of...

 COVID-19 restrictions “unprecedented” in history of international travel

COVID-19 restrictions “unprecedented” in history of international travel

A new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) highlights that 96% of all destinations worldwide have introduced travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

 Survey measures the expected impacts of COVID-19 across education sectors and regions

Survey measures the expected impacts of COVID-19 across education sectors and regions

A broad survey of education executives conducted in March shows that concern is widespread that COVID-19 and its societal and economic effects will be damaging in the short...

COVID-19 triggers cancellations and delays but most students intend to follow through on study plans

Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many exchange programmes have been cancelled as have a growing number of industry events, most recently the annual Asia-Pacific...

Reports of some Iranian students being detained and deported from US airports

Iran sends tens of thousands of students abroad every year – including more than 12,000 to the US, making Iran the second-most important Middle Eastern market for US...

The new student recruitment landscape in Saudi Arabia

In 2015/16, Saudi enrolment in US higher education reached nearly 62,000 students. That was enough to place the Kingdom as the third-largest sending market for US colleges and...

2019 Agent Barometer: Optimism for year ahead and insights on destination preferences

The 2019 survey sampled the largest number of qualified agents ever in a record number of countries...

Where the students are: Mobile, messaging, and apps

Social media use continues to grow, with especially rapid expansion for photo sharing and messaging platforms...

2018 Agent Barometer: Global survey tracks agent perspectives on destinations, online learning, alumni, and student experience

Findings from the 12th annual ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer were released this week at ICEF Berlin. The 2018 survey was administered over August and September this year, resulting in...

Diversification and the next five markets

After more than a decade of rapid expansion in international enrolments, the focus in major study destinations – and for many institutions – is turning more and more to diversification....

How accommodation features and amenities affect student decision making

When students consider where to study, of course they think about quality of education, about post-study employment opportunities, and about making connections for life. But they also think...

New surveys highlight key elements of agent-educator relationships

Findings from two recent survey efforts highlight some key aspects of effective agency-educator relationships. In Agent-University Partnerships: The State of the Field and Commission Structure in 2018, the...

Study projects dramatic growth for global higher education through 2040

A newly updated study maps the continuing growth in global demand for higher education through 2040, and anticipates that by that point there will be nearly 600 million...