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

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

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...

 Bulletin: US announces travel ban for Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

Bulletin: US announces travel ban for Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

Late Friday afternoon, newly elected US President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively blocking entry to the United States for the next 90 days for citizens of...

 Five emerging markets to watch

Five emerging markets to watch

After more than a decade of rapid expansion in international enrolments, the focus in major study destinations is turning more and more to diversification. And with good reason:...

 Five for Friday

Five for Friday

An occasional round-up of some of the more eye-catching and varied items that we’ve been reading lately: the Iranian market opens up, recruiting for blended learning, avoiding common...

Keys to the market: Iran

We are pleased to begin a new video series on ICEF Monitor today. We call it Keys to the Market and we promise two things for each installment...

Iran moving quickly to expand higher education links

In the wake of a historic nuclear deal earlier this year, Iranian universities are working to quickly build collaborative links with universities across Europe. On 16 January 2016,...

Iran’s university enrolment is booming. Now what?

The population of Iran grew rapidly following the Islamic Revolution of 1979. It is estimated at about 80 million people today, with roughly 60% aged 30 or younger....

Using social media to reach students in the Middle East and North Africa

Roughly four in ten international students say that social media influenced their decision to study abroad. Around half read comments about institutions they were interested in on institutional...

English skills a key for mobility and employment in the Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has the world’s most youthful population… and the highest youth unemployment rates. A growing body of research is pointing to...

New report forecasts postgraduate mobility trends through 2024

The British Council has just released a report – Postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024 – that forecasts the contributions of 23 source markets to international postgraduate student...

Iran eases restrictions on international education

In Iran, the election last year of President Hassan Rouhani has led to a relatively more progressive and international academic climate than was the case during the reign...

Could Iran’s new president give higher education a boost?

With Hassan Rouhani assuming the Iranian presidency this weekend and speaking to the West in conciliatory tones, the shape of Iranian higher education is at a crossroads. While...

Descriptions of education systems in 60 countries

Nuffic – the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education – regularly releases country modules, which offer information on the education systems of about 60 countries. Apart...

Increasing challenges around the Iranian study abroad market

“We have the capacity to educate students inside the country, and except when it is urgent, there is no need for our foreign exchange to exit the country.”...