Magazine article International Educator

College-Age African Population Projected to Grow Strongly for Decades

Magazine article International Educator

College-Age African Population Projected to Grow Strongly for Decades

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INCREASED COMPETITION, government investment and strategy, and English language learning opportunities are among the top 10 trends that will have the greatest impact on higher education and the future of international student mobility, according to a recent report from the British Council.

Globally, demographic changes primarily center on the fact that median ages in industrialized countries are trending older, which will translate into more intense competition among colleges and universities for fewer students. Africa is the expected outlier in this trend, with its population of college-age adults expected to grow strongly for decades. The report projects that Africa's 18- to 22-year-old population will exceed Asia's by about 2080.

As competition for students intensifies, the report anticipates that governments around the world will increasingly focus on developing formalized international student recruitment strategies and initiatives. …

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