How payment orchestration can enable online education

“Education facilities unable to accept APMs risk creating customer friction-points that prevent them from scaling to serve a global customer-base”

As furlough lockdowns forced people to stay at home, many filled their time with online education, and the experience has bolstered confidence in the industry even as life returns to normal, says co-founder and CEO of CellPoint Digital, Kristian Gjerding.

Meanwhile, Alternative Payment Methods are proliferating across the globe, already dominating cards and cash in some countries. Supported by a payments ecosystem that becomes increasingly sophisticated, the payment methods consumers have at their disposal today are myriad, and consumers are developing specific preferences.

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Why student feedback should inform, and indeed transform, international business education

“The headline is just how seriously student voice is being taken and how business and management education providers are collecting and responding to feedback”

How can the student voice deliver transformational international business and management education?

This is the question we explored in Feedback Matters: Business and Management Education Focus Report, which examines how student feedback – including feedback derived through evaluation surveys – influences institutional enhancement, says John Atherton, general manager (Europe and Africa) at Explorance.

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How has pastoral care changed during the pandemic? The Guardianship view…

“One particular aspect of additional support that Guardians have offered is the provision of holiday camps during school holidays”

The additional stresses to both existing and new students due to Covid cannot be overestimated. Many existing students have not been able to return home for over 18 months, whilst some new students have been bewildered on arriving in the UK without the benefits of a prior visit due to Covid restrictions.

“This is why we have now added a medical questionnaire at the start of UK Education Guide’s student screening process, to particularly highlight any existing mental health issues,” says director, Rafael Garcia-Krailing.

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How to help academics in the Ukraine right now

“We need one Computer Science department that is able to program an app that can link the needs of the academics with the offers on European side”

As someone working in internationalisation of higher education and teaching international relations, I have spent quite some time in the last days how we in our specific area might be able to help the Ukraine – besides what we all do: donations, food, psychological support. And here is a very practical idea what we in higher education can do to help Ukrainian academics, writes Uwe Brandenburg, managing partner and founder of the Global Impact Institute in Prague.

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2022 Trends: Are skills the new ‘currency’?

“Developing skills that take change head-on will determine who thrives in a new landscape”

The pandemic has flipped the script on what skills are ‘valuable’ in the workforce – and forced individuals to rethink how to invest in their ‘skills equity’. In this article, CEO of Learning Pool, Ben Betts, reveals why skills are now the ‘new currency’ and how data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning can unlock exciting new opportunities to scale upskilling in order to adapt to rapid change.

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New year, new views: positivity toward US up among education agents in China and worldwide

“These findings serve as strong signs that US international higher education is on the road toward recovery”

Before 2020, souring diplomatic relations between China and the US counted among several variables that precipitated in a small-but-steady decline in international student enrollment at American universities, says Parves Khan, vice president of Market Research and Insight at INTO University Partnerships.

Compounded with the global Covid-19 pandemic and skepticism regarding the initial US coronavirus response, perceptions of the study destination worsened not only in China but around the world, contributing to what would become historic international enrollment losses.

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Post Covid-19 revival of the study travel industry in the UK

“Hybrid working helped cushion the study travel sector from the disruption caused by the pandemic”

Travel restrictions swept across the UK in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which disabled the movement of international students and the operational ability of the study travel industry.

Countries across the globe closed their borders and transitioned to a traffic light system that ranked countries according to their Covid risk level. The UK immigration system was also pushed into limbo which sparked fears that the international student population in the UK would drastically reduce, writes Keith Tully is a partner at Real Business Rescue.

But yet, the study travel industry showing resilience in the face of Covid-19.

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The soaring dreams of small cities: rise in study abroad aspirants from Tier 2 and 3 Indian cities

“The annual spending of Indian students on overseas education is expected to grow from the current annual $28 billion to $80 billion by 2024”

Until recently, the dream to secure a degree from a top-notch foreign university was reserved for Indian students from affluent backgrounds and major metropolitan areas. However, recent projections demonstrate an interesting change in aspirants demographics, writes Ashish Fernando, CEO of iSchoolConnect Inc.

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More women in tech? Get behind apprenticeships

“Worryingly, STEM – and particularly technology – continue to lag behind many industries when it comes to female representation”

“While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last.”  When Kamala Harris spoke these words as US vice-president elect, she continued a very welcome trend that has seen an explosion in phenomenal female role models in every walk of life, writes Katie Nykanen, chief technology officer at QA Limited.

Women like Kamala are breaking glass ceilings across industries and inspiring young girls to ignore the limitations that many of us above the age of 40 would have repeatedly had reinforced throughout our childhoods.

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How Omicron has affected the vision of studying abroad for students

“The effect of the new variant is undisputedly a headache for Indian students. However, our data suggests that students are going forward”

The pandemic has continually derailed the study abroad plans since March 2020 affecting student mobility, admissions, and financing overseas education. Just as the situation was stabilising, with many universities expecting to begin on-campus classes, a new variant hit the world, says Ankit Mehra, founder & CEO of GyanDhan.

Omicron, the highly mutated variant of Covid-19, disrupted the entire economy of overseas education once again, forcing countries to introduce travel restrictions and universities to switch back to remote learning.

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