March 2017, Volume 30, issue 2

WENR, March 2017: The Americas

U.S.: President Signs New Travel Ban Targeting 6 Muslim-Majority Countries

On March 6th, the president signed a revised travel ban based on an executive order from late January that was hastily executed and ultimately blocked by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.


Posted in Americas, Regional News Summaries

WENR, March 2017: Europe

Russia: New Plan to Simplify Visa Process and Increase International Student Numbers

A new plan would simplify the international student visa process, create 5,000 new scholarships for international degree seekers, and increase international student quotas by a third.


Posted in Europe, Regional News Summaries

WENR, March 2017: Middle East

Saudi Arabia: 1/3 of University Students Never Make it to Graduation

Experts say a growing mismatch between educational training and the demands of the labor market may be disincentivizing Saudi students.


Posted in Middle East, Regional News Summaries

The Sino-African Higher Educational Exchange: How Big Is It and Will It Continue?

Mini Gu, Quality Assurance Specialist SIGN UP FOR EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA WEBINAR &nbsp A quick scan of the higher education news coming out of Africa shows both progress and setbacks in recent months. Some snapshots: South Africa, Egypt ,and Tunisia


Posted in Africa, Current Issue, Mobility Trends

African Student Mobility: Regional Trends and Recommendations for U.S. HEIs

Africa sent some 427,311 tertiary-level students abroad in 2014. U.S. HEIs already enroll a substantial number from Nigeria. But what other countries might become significant countries of origin for U.S.-bound students? WENR examines changing mobility trends, push and pull factors within the region, and ways U.S. institutions can attract and support a wider range of African students.


Posted in Africa, Current Issue, Enrollment & Recruiting, Mobility Trends

WENR, March 2017: Africa

Algeria: Government to Launch University-Research Clusters to Decrease Graduate Unemployment

University-industry partnerships are expected to be clustered in important fields like management, health and medicine, communication technologies, computing, civil and industrial engineering, aeronautics and operational research.


Posted in Africa, Regional News Summaries

Recruiting and Working With Nigerian Students: An EducationUSA Q&A

Nancy Keteku, EducationUSA’s regional advising coordinator for West and Central Africa, addresses frequently asked questions from admissions officers seeking to recruit and admit Nigerian students. Topics include visas, agents, and standardized test requirements.


Posted in Africa, Credential Evaluation Issues, Current Issue, Enrollment & Recruiting

Nigeria: How Will the Economic Downturn Affect Outbound Student Mobility?

Nigerians comprise the 14th largest group of foreign students in the United States. As Nigeria struggles through an extended economic slump, how will outbound student flows be affected?


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Posted in Africa, Current Issue, Enrollment & Recruiting, Mobility Trends, Strategic Internationalization

Education in Nigeria

An updated look at Nigeria’s education system, featuring an overview of the higher education sector and quality challenges, sample documents, grade equivalencies and more.


Posted in Africa, Current Issue, Education System Profiles

WENR, March 2017: Asia Pacific

Bangladesh: Rising Incomes and a Demographic Boom Drive Increased Outbound Student Mobility

The number of students is growing quickly and is expected to reach 4.6 million by 2026, in part due to the fact that nearly half of Bangladesh’s population is under the age of 24


Posted in Asia Pacific, Regional News Summaries