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Malta partially reversed a previous-year decline in ELT bookings with a 1.6% year-over-year increase in student arrivals in 2016. Total enrolment for the year remains off recent-year highs, as does total student-weeks booked, which fell again in 2016.

However, recent-year declines in key sending markets, notably Libya and Russia, have been partially offset by increases from markets outside the EU.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/malta-elt-slightly-2016/

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A recent survey of US colleges finds that 39% are reporting declining volumes of international student applications for fall 2017. The greatest drop-offs are being reported for applicants from the Middle East, but significant number of US colleges are also reporting falling numbers of applications from the key Chinese and Indian markets.

International educators are now closely watching the yield on fall 2017 applications – that is, the percentage of applicants who accept an offer of admission from a US college for fall.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/four-ten-us-colleges-reporting-drop-applications-fall-2017/

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If universities optimised their websites for generating e-mail enquiries and list opt-ins, most could easily multiply the number of enquiries captured by up to 400%. Achieving this result requires nothing special in most cases, just a few simple tweaks that make it easier for website visitors to register their interest.

But while marketing teams rejoice when they generate a huge volume of enquiries from prospective students, sales and enrolment officers tend to take a different view.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/fear-unqualified-leads-holding-back-school-website/

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Foreign enrolment in British universities remained flat again last year, with very marginal growth over 2014/15. There is new optimism in British ELT, however, as providers report renewed interest against a weakening British currency.

Overall, the UK remains a major study destination, second only to the US, and its prospects for future growth will rely heavily on the direction of its student visa policies both during and after the Brexit process.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/uk-higher-education-holding-poised-growth-elt/

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While foreign enrolment has been under pressure in recent years, South African remains an important regional destination for foreign students.

Its proximity, affordability, and the quality and reputation of South African higher education, continue to be important factors in attracting international students. Even so, the country’s international student numbers have declined recently, owing in part to widely publicised student protests, visa challenges for language students, and other factors.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/south-africa-remains-important-regional-hub-education/


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This picture was taken 20 years ago at our first Moscow Workshop! When was your first ICEF Moscow Workshop?
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One week before ICEF Moscow begins! This year’s workshop marks a very special milestone. Join us via social #ICEF17 as we celebrate 20 years of the ICEF Moscow Workshop.
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One in ten agents report their view of the US as a study destination has been permanently and negatively affected by the Trump administration’s travel ban.

Another 40% of respondents say that they are less likely to recommend the US during the period the executive order remains in effect, but that they would resume normal levels of US referrals following the ban.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/survey-finds-travel-ban-influencing-agents-view-us/

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Industry analysts and trade officials are projecting a strengthened competitive position for Canada in international education markets.

This forecast arises from stable or improving performance in visa processing, relative currency values, and other environmental factors that are expected to further boost Canada’s attractiveness to international students this year.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/03/canada-optimistic-outlook-foreign-enrolment-2017/

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The number of Bangladeshi students enrolled abroad has increased by about a third over the last two years. This growth is being driven by Bangladesh’s large college-aged population, limited domestic capacity at home, and by a burgeoning middle class.

While it still lags behind other more advanced economies in the region, the country’s middle class is growing quickly and the number of middle class consumers in Bangladesh is projected to triple in the coming decade.

http://monitor.icef.com/2017/02/bangladesh-middle-class-growth-helping-to-drive-demand-for-study-abroad/
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