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Wittenborg University offers degrees to students from emerging economic countries

4 September 2013, 13:06

A new report published by the British Ministry of Education suggests that the need for international education is on the rise. An immense opportunity is becoming available to countries that are able to provide study programmes to students from the emerging economic powers such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico, Saudi-Arabia, and Indonesia.

Graduation at Wittenborg University of Applied SciencesA new report published by the British Ministry of Education suggests that the need for international education is on the rise. An immense opportunity is becoming available to countries that are able to provide study programmes to students from the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China), and from Mexico, Saudi-Arabia, and Indonesia.

Education was the second largest sector worldwide, after health care, according to the report. There were approximately 178 million students enrolled in post-secondary education in 2010, showing a high increase from the 33 million enrolled in 1970. This growth is in large part due to emerging economies in countries like China and India where the demand for higher education is growing at an astronomical rate.

While these countries will make changes to their own educational systems in order to meet demand, they will also be sending a big portion of their students to get degrees abroad. This is evident in cases such as Brazil where €1.4 billion have been invested into a programme called Science Without Borders, designed to send 100,000 students to study abroad for a year. The countries that will be able to adapt to these new students and adjust their education to meet their needs will be able to succeed in this growing market.

Wittenborg Graduation CeremonyWittenborg University wants to take advantage of this opportunity by offering Dutch accredited programmes to international students, as well as joint programmes in cooperation with the University of Brighton, one of its many partners.These joint programmes include a Master’s degree (MSc) in International Event Managements, International Tourism Management, and International Hospitality Management.

Wittenborg received Brazilian students as part of the Science Without Borders programme, as did 24 other Dutch institutions. Countries such as the Netherlands, the UK, and France have recognised that they must be able to attract international students and have started to make adjustments to do so.

One of the main adjustments made in Holland has been the adoption of the Modern Migration Policy, making it easier for international students to come to study in the country.

Future changes are also being discussed within the Dutch government to further encourage talented international students to remain in the Netherlands and contribute to the Dutch economy.

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