The long game that is international education

stuff | January 28, 2019

If we look at other parts of the world, it is clear what international education contributes – and has the potential to contribute.In 2014, the British Council found that 90 per cent of world leaders at the time had studied in the United Kingdom, showing how international students can become long-term ambassadors for international relations. In the United States, research has found that nearly a quarter of its billion-dollar startup companies had a founder who first came to America as an international student.We need to ensure that the full contribution of international education is recognised here too, and that the valuable role education plays in internationalisation and connecting New Zealand with the rest of the world is understood and embraced.New research into New Zealanders' perceptions has shown that an increasing number recognise the benefits that international education provides our country and communities. Some 73 per cent of people believe it benefits tourism, 63 per cent welcome how it fosters the exchange of different perspectives and experiences, and 62 per cent see the positive impact on our economy.

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Oracle | January 24, 2022

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"We are dedicated to removing financial barriers that too often prevent students from pursuing or completing a degree, but our financial aid system wasn't adequately contributing to that vision," said Maurice Tyler, Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Bowie State University. "Oracle Student Financial Planning will enable staff to focus on higher value work and spend more time engaging directly to promote access to aid and student success." Butler Community College With eight campuses across South Central Kansas, Butler Community College serves 7,000 students. The college will move their Ellucian Banner system and other third-party applications to OCI to consolidate hardware, save time and money currently spent patching systems, and take advantage of enhanced security features. Coppin State University Since its inception in 1900, Baltimore-based Coppin State University (CSU) has had a clear mantra: students first. 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Taylor’s Education Group | November 26, 2021

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