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 Spanish university entrance exam no longer required for foreign students

Spanish university entrance exam no longer required for foreign students

In a major change to the system of undergraduate admissions for Spanish universities, a royal decree recently removed the Selectividad exam as a mandatory entrance requirement for foreign...

 British investigation alleges systemic fraud in UK language testing

British investigation alleges systemic fraud in UK language testing

UK Minister for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire rose in the British House of Commons last week to make a dramatic announcement: A joint investigation by UK Visas...

 Demand for study abroad shifting as education reforms take hold in Hong Kong

Demand for study abroad shifting as education reforms take hold in Hong Kong

Today we are pleased to present an ICEF Monitor interview with Dr Edward Wong, director of the Milton International Education Group (MIEG) in Hong Kong. Dr Wong’s company,...

 Surging global demand for digital language learning

Surging global demand for digital language learning

A series of recent market reports highlight that the demand for digital English language learning products is booming in global education markets. The research firm Ambient Insight reports...

 Russia making moves for both inbound and outbound students

Russia making moves for both inbound and outbound students

In February we wrote of the increasing interest in Russia – and more broadly among Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members such as Belarus and Kazakhstan – to...

New data on international schools suggests continued strong growth

New data indicates that the global English-medium international schools market is predicted to see significant growth in 2014 and into the foreseeable future. The latest figures published by...

Looking at Chinese market trends for 2014

In today’s ICEF Monitor post, we draw on a new report from Education New Zealand (ENZ) as a foundation for a 2014 update on trends in the key...

Demand for Spanish and ties to Latin America key for international education in Spain

“Many millions of people all over the world are going to learn [Spanish]. The importance of Latin America really makes Spanish the second most important language worldwide.” —Antonio...

UK ESL campaign launches in India in the wake of new findings on English proficiency and higher ed access

On the heels of a new study that shows a strong relationship between English skills and earning potential in India – a nation where access to higher education...

Japanese education reforms to further prepare students for globalised world

The Japanese government, over the past couple of years, has been directing panels of education experts to consider reforms that would help Japanese students prepare for and compete...

Global language survey links English proficiency to economic and social development

Countries with higher levels of English-language skills also have stronger economies, and their citizens enjoy higher per capita income levels and a higher quality of life. These are...

High performance, high pressure in South Korea’s education system

South Korea has been lauded for having an education system that helped transform the country and rapidly grow its economy over the past 60 years. Today, its high-performing...

Market Snapshot: Cyprus

As the polar vortex rips through North America, we thought to ourselves, “What could be more appropriate than a market report on sunny Cyprus?” And with that, we...

China announces plans to reform national college entrance exam

China’s Ministry of Education released plans this week to reform the gaokao – the national college entrance exam – over the balance of this decade. The gaokao is...

Converging factors fuel growth in Kenya’s higher education system

This year has marked a time of significant change for the higher education system in Kenya. Most notably, the Universities Act 2012 was signed into law in January,...