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A study by the Universities UK and GuildHE reveals a shift in UK-China transnational education partnerships, driven by improved education quality in China, changing locations for programs, and the UK’s evolving international education policy. These changes may require innovative future collaborations, signaling a new era of educational partnerships.

The study Broader Impact Valuation Report conducted by EY on behalf of ENZ found that the pandemic caused a sharp decline in international education’s financial contribution to New Zealand’s GDP. In 2019, the figure stood at NZD3.7 billion (about $2.3 billion); in 2020, it plummeted to an estimated NZD0.8 billion (about $500 million).

The key findings of this research–led by the International Journal of Wellbeing and participated by 123 Chinese international students at an Australian post-secondary institution– named competence (22.50 percent), relationship support (21.25 percent), and mental-oriented (13.75 percent) themes as the main factors in boosting foreign students’ well-being. Other themes that surfaced from the interview-based study.

South Africa’s Minister Nzimande called for the consolidation of sectoral engagements to present resolutions to heads of state in 2023. The gathering focused on “Responsive and Relevant Education and Training in the Current Global Context,” with an emphasis on economic growth, poverty reduction, and addressing inequality. Nzimande stressed the importance of “the education system to the sustainable economic growth of our nations.”

The report highlights an interesting trend wherein more institutions are utilizing international partnerships (63 percent) and alumni networks (51 percent) to facilitate undergraduate student recruitment. At the graduate level, 77 percent of institutions consider India as their primary target market for the current academic year.

Despite the desire for a similar ease of use in making large-value transactions, Chinese students have historically encountered a complex process for making international tuition payments, largely due to various regulatory restrictions. With this collaboration, Flywire and Tencent aim to bridge this gap and cater to the consumer demand for a smoother payment experience.

Professor Denis Simon of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School said running a campus in China has become increasingly difficult due to shifting bilateral ties, altered political climate, academic freedom concerns, and pandemic chaos.

The Association of International Educators estimates that a decline in international student enrollment has cost the US economy $11.8 billion and resulted in over 65,000 job losses.

UNESCO and Shanghai have built a strong partnership, with numerous successes. This collaboration aligns with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, providing more opportunities for both sides to collaborate in education.

Young Chinese are leaving professional careers for manual labor and opting out of the workforce altogether as the country’s “996” culture—9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week—becomes increasingly grueling in tech industries. Unemployment among the youth is skyrocketing as a result.

This trend has led to a surge in demand for English language training as students need to be fluent in English to be admitted to these schools. Additionally, the emergence of private Chinese-owned bilingual schools offering international education further fuels the growth of the ELT market in China.

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