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Top Reasons to Study an MBA in Shanghai

China is constantly in the news, especially when comes to developments in business. The ‘sleeping giant’ is awakening to unprecedented economic growth and opening the door to innovative new enterprises. So how about studying there – more specifically, in China’s biggest and richest city?

Shanghai is China’s economic hub. Positioned on the country’s central coast, the city generates a quarter of China’s import and export value and 12.5% of the nation’s total revenue. While Mandarin and English will serve you well, exposure to the Shanghai dialect provides a competitive edge at the heart of China’s business culture. A cast of 23 million inhabitants will welcome you to this thriving metropolis, a city with its foundations in trade and shipping and its eye on industrial and social transformation.


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The Year In Review: What 2017 Tells Us About 2018

The past twelve months have been an exciting time for those who are invested in student mobility and international education.

While issues such as equality and educational technology have been pulled into sharp focus, the monitoring of ongoing trends such as the aging of the global population – longer life expectancy and fewer babies – has reinforced the need for educators to innovate and diversify as they move forward into 2018.

And it’s not just about shifting demographics: students are becoming more sophisticated in the way they make their choices. They’re aware of the brands, but want to know a lot more about the experience and career prospects of a university before they commit.

Institutions that are looking to develop in harmony with the underlying demographic trends will link the dots between equal opportunity, technological advances, and value for money as they establish their recruitment strategies for 2018 and the decade ahead.


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Why Your Master’s Degree Should Be ‘Made In Italy’

When you think about Italy, what are the first things that come to mind? Food, wine and fashion!

And those are not just clichés. The ‘Made in Italy’ stamp is a promise of quality. Italian craft, tradition, and attention to detail all guarantee excellence and value. So if food, wine and fashion are your things – how about studying in Italy?

The Italian tradition of quality is not to be underestimated. The culture of luxury stretches back over a thousand years, building to modern-day Italy’s €88bn fashion, textile, and accessories industry. Italians don’t see a divide between life and fashion: you are what you wear every bit as much as you are what you eat. Clothing and accessories define how a person interacts with the outside world, and how society perceives that person.


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Why Community Colleges Are A Good Fit For International Students

The role of community colleges in the development of local communities in the US is regularly celebrated in the news. They provide an energizing alternative route for students who might not be ready or able to progress directly to undergraduate study and who might otherwise find themselves going straight to work.

It’s no wonder the system is getting more and more support at the state level. Politicians and academics are keenly aware of the social and economic benefits of investing in local learners – not least, ensuring a reliable, broad base of skilled, educated workers who might otherwise have slipped through the system.


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How To Recruit, Communicate With And Counsel International Undergraduate Students And Their Parents

recent report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) suggests that counselors at US colleges and universities will benefit from multicultural competency training and other forms of professional development to more sensitively respond to the needs of the growing international student population.

Many international students progress to higher education directly from US high schools, where some enroll in order to improve their prospects of getting into a top university. However, these students’ continued use of the same third party agents who oversaw their high school enrollment can be a barrier to communication with the institutions to which they aspire.


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How To Create New Academic Routes To Your University

International Education Week falls between 13-17 November this year, with the emphasis firmly on International. It’s a chance to investigate the advantages and opportunities of working with “future leaders from abroad,” in particular through preparatory courses that bring in international students and enable them to develop the academic and cultural knowledge that can bridge their route to full degree programs.

When recruiters think about the type of international student they expect to attract to their institution, the image of the regular undergraduate looking to study abroad towards a classic degree is what comes to mind.


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The Potential Of Internet Of Things On Campus

[…] But what will be the impact on campus – that unique in-between place that’s not quite business, not quite municipality, and is home from home for so many?

Well, for those students who do make it their temporary home by living on campus, there is likely to be an improvement in services and systems to make their daily lives easier and create a more sophisticated environment in which to study. It might be as simple as students getting an automated text message when their laundry cycle finishes, or as complex as the use of pooled data from Fitbit devices to track traffic patterns and plan the positions of new buildings and facilities accordingly.


Read the full article at Keystone Academic Solutions.

How To Help Women Reach The Top Of Academia

When Robin Sakamoto became dean of the Faculty of Foreign Studies at Tokyo’s Kyorin University in April 2014, she was only the second foreign woman to be awarded a deanship at a Japanese institution.

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The value of role models such as Dean Sakamoto is not to be underrated. Surprisingly, only 15% of full professors in European institutions are women, against a female employment rate of 36% working in universities overall. This suggests that if there is already a shortfall of women in academia, much more encouragement is needed to help them rise to the top. And as Sakamoto points out, only by working closely side-by-side can male and female academics alike find a fulfilling balance between professional success and family life.


Read the full article at Keystone Academic Solutions.

How To Accelerate The Transformation Of Business Education

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business will host over 1,400 thought leaders, experts, and educators from over 60 countries at this year’s International Conference and Annual Meeting (ICAM) in Houston, Texas, April 23-25.

ICAM 2017 comes at a moment of drastic change in the business world and beyond – change which business education needs to address directly, and quickly if it is to stay relevant to the wider world. As the evolution of business goals drives the evolution of business technology and vice versa, schools are looking to stay ahead of the game by expanding target demographics and campus diversity, and by shaking up faculty models and programs.


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