Tips on top travel trends
Created: Friday, 01 April 2016 11:34
International students of the University of the Fraser Valley, courtesy of University of the Fraser Valley
Melanie Butler dives deep into the data on studying abroad in the brand new Ialc report on trends in demand for language learning
Every year, 2.8 million people across the world travel abroad to learn a language, but that makes up just 0.25 per cent of the world’s language learners. These astounding figures appear in ‘Trends in Demand for Language Learning’, a report produced for the International Association of Language Centres (Ialc) by StudentMarketing.
The report, which aims to document the trends in the market as well as its size, is based on a comparative analysis of nine major foreign languages – Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. StudentMarketing based its findings on an analysis of 60 separate secondary sources together with a survey of 466 language travel agents in 74 countries who, combined, are responsible for sending 236,000 students abroad to learn a language – 8.6 per cent of the total language travel market.
English remains the big beast in the room, making up 61 per cent of language travel and showing the highest increase in demand in 2015, as reported by the agents surveyed. It also boasts the highest number of private language schools, the longest stays, the highest reliance on agents and the highest commission rates – 23 per cent as opposed to 21 per cent in the market overall.
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International higher education hub on its way in South India
Created: Tuesday, 01 March 2016 16:52
Suneetha Balakrishnan reports form Trivandrum
Kerala Academic City and International Higher Education Zones, a planned south Indian higher education hub, has been given a tentative green light by the state’s government.
The south Indian state of Kerala is known for high levels of literacy. Dubai is a four-hour flight from the international airport in its state capital Trivandrum, so the project has the potential to attract students from the Gulf States for English-medium university courses.
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