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BAC Newsletter

June 2015
A message from Paul Fear,
 BAC Chief Executive

 

‘The UK’s Offer for International Students is Strong’ – that was the message coming from Jo Johnson, Minister for Universities and Science, last week.

The new government has set targets to increase UK education exports to £30 billion by 2020.  This compares to the £18 billion exported last year.

So far, so good.  It is encouraging to hear such a positive message from the government.  The UK really is a world leader when it comes to education and training.  But, whilst the message is welcome there are a few caveats to temper the good news.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has reported that the number of Indian students coming to the UK to study fell from 18 535 in 2010/2011 to 10 235 in 2012/2013.  A fall in student numbers of 45%. 

While there is some signs that international student growth is increasing it is at a slower rate than the UK’s main competitors.  The USA, Australia and Canada are seeing significant increases in international student numbers.

We now need to see government action to support the rhetoric.

BAC workshops proved to be very helpful!

BAC has run a series of 5 workshops which proved to be successful. The feedback that BAC has received were very positive.

“A very helpful overview of governance. Ian was knowledgeable, engaging and informative. A useful and informative course. A good use of time & money.” 

“Brilliant! Ian is extremely helpful and provided a wealth of information and suggestions. I very much enjoyed the session and I am sure it will help me set up a formal governance structure within my organisation to gain further competitive advantage & satisfy the requirements of QAA” 

BAC is planning to organise an extensive range of workshops for the forthcoming academic year. Please
email us if you have a topic of particular interest. We will do our best to include it in our programme.

GOVERNMENT AND POLICY NEWS

The value of Education and Training to the UK Economy: In the government report, International Education – Global Growth and Prosperity, published in July 2013, the value of UK education exports was estimated at £17.5 billion. According to the report this makes education the UK's fifth largest export.  
On top of the monetary value of the report highlighted the indirect benefits of the UK education and training sector such as the enhancement of the reputation and brand recognition of UK institutions and helping to project UK’s soft power.
The challenge facing all UK institutions is how to maintain student numbers in an ever increasingly competitive global environment.  Parents and student are increasingly able, via the internet, to access an ever increasing range of providers and to make comparisons between institutions like never before. 
BAC is increasingly recognised as a force for good in helping to maintain and raise standards and to share good practice amongst all accredited institutions.  Our ENQA membership is helping us to transmit this message internationally and will lead to increasing opportunities for accredited institutions to work with each other and to offer increasing opportunities for students at a national and international level.

Secure English Language Tests (SELT)Following on from some of the recent controversies surrounding English Language testing the government now requires students requiring a language test for Tier 4 General Student Visa to sit the test at one of the newly established SELT centres. Please read more on Secure English Language Tests on the BAC website

The Register of Training Organisations (the Register) will open for applications on Tuesday, 2 June and will close at 5.00pm on Friday, 3 July. All organisations currently listed must reapply to remain on the Register. Please read more on the Skill Funding Agency website.

UK INDUSTRY NEWS
"UK nations have biggest skills gaps, says OECD". (Source: BBC News - 27 May 2015).  Please read more on the BBC website.

The Higher Education Academy’s Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum project has published five discipline specific practitioner guides for embedding equality and diversity into learning and teaching experiences and environments. (Source: The Higher Education Academy - 21 May 2015)

"UK schools, colleges and universities are ideal places to start a career in the performing arts. the UK ranks second in the world for collaboration between universities and businesses (BIS), and has the largest creative sector in Europe (CBI)." (Source: The British Council). Please read more on the British Council website

In October 2015 the doors of a major new Economic and Social Research Council-supported research centre will open at UCL IOE. It will be the largest centre in the world that is focused on research in relation to higher education. (Source: IOE London Blog - 13 may 2015). Please read more on the IEO London Blog.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
"Ireland introduces new reforms to tackle sector immigration abuse". (Source: The Pie News - 26 May 2015). Please read more on the Pie News website.

"Chinese consumers choose agents mostly based on reputation, says survey". (Source: The Pie News - 25 May 2015). Please read more on the Pie News website.

"India has become the largest market for e-learning after the US, and the sector is expected to receive a boost from the government’s Rs.1.13 trillion Digital India initiative, says a recent report by the UK-India Business Council." (Source: Livemint - 6 May 2015). For further info please visit the Livemint website.

"A new Commonwealth research community has been launched. It aims to connect university staff, allows them to share experiences and encourage collaboration". (IOE London Blog - 13 May 2015). More info can be found on the University World News website

"The number of outbound students from India grew faster than the number from China for the first time ever last year, the Indian Students Mobility Research Report published by New Delhi-based market consultancy firm M.M Advisory Services shows". (Source: the Pie News - 7 may 2015). Please read more on the Pie News website.

"The EU and ASEAN have officially launched the first major technical support for the Southeast Asia region by establishing a platform that will contribute to the harmonization of ASEAN higher education standards". (Source: The Jakarta Post - 7 may 2015). Please go to the Jakarta Post website for more info.

Turkish students who study abroad must do so at a top-500 ranked university or take the domestic higher education entrance exam in order for their qualifications to be recognised by the government, under new regulations put in place by the Higher Education Council of Turkey (which goes by the Turkish abbreviation YOK). (Source: The Pie News - 4 May 2015). For more info please go to the Pie News website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Webinar
Discover Singapore: Business Opportunities for British Companies
Organised by the British Chamber of Commerce - Singapore
17 June 2015
For more info please visit the British Chamber of Commerce website.
Conference
Connecting the Global EdTech Community
Organised by EdTech Europe
18th June 2015 - London
For more info please visit the Edtecheurope website
BAC’s first Annual Conference will take place on:
Monday 9th November 2015 at Central Hall, Westminster.
To register your interest in this event, please contact us at

bac.events@the-bac.org
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