“High-quality education at affordable prices” this is the message which has progressed across the 63 countries in which INTCAS centres reside. From 2010 to 2013 over 1100 agents contributed towards our global research campaign. Surprisingly only 11% of the agents described their knowledge of the college market as good.
At INTCAS we believe that the college market has the potential for hyper-growth. The colleges across major study destinations boast exceptional vocational and technical institutes which provide a range of alternative courses which many international students are seeking but remain oblivious to their existence. A need to communicate the exceptional benefits of colleges is one of the major challenges confronting colleges that wish to embark or expand their existing international operations. For instance, INTCAS research across Brazil (2012 - 2013) identified development courses such as English Language plus Hairdressing, English plus Graphics Design or English plus Beauty Therapy were amongst the top 10 most desirable courses for students aged 18 to 28 from secondary cities such as Belo Herizonte, Curitiba and Salvador.
Taking the UK as an example, across Central Asia, South Asia and Africa the Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) route opens a world of opportunities for students to obtain a British undergraduate course at an affordable price. Also, the Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) route further enables international students to obtain postgraduate degrees at a significantly reduced price. Colleges have not yet fully capitalised on the opportunity before them and have a real chance of working with INTCAS to attract the best and brightest students from across the globe in a safe and compliant manner.
In parallel, the sector continues to face challenges from funding regimes. The learner experience will continue to shift as the world becomes increasing interconnected challenging colleges to change their paradigm and culture. Colleges will need to increase their international operations to define a new definition of diversity whilst also maintaining a learning environment which shapes domestic students to confront challenges in the 21st century.
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