15:00 – 15:55 | International education as brain gain for the MENA region

🎤 Speakers

Marie-Claude Svaldi (moderator), VP of Government Relations & Recruitment MENA, ELS Language Centres
Raj Kapoor, Head of International Recruitment, Global Banking School
Dr James Coey, Associate Chair & Associate Professor, St George’s University
Haitam Giat, Founder & CEO, Yes Atlas

📝 Description

Research indicates that the MENA region is home to over 8% of the world’s total student population. Despite this, only two percent of the world’s best institutions are located within the region, creating a gap in the education system and, as well known, a potential for outward education. This makes the MENA region a strong market for international student recruitment professionals, with the UK, US, and Canada listed as the top 3 study destinations.

Despite potential concerns about the potential loss of valuable intellectual and labour capacity, student mobility brings a range of advantages and benefits to the sending countries. During this panel discussion, we will explore some of these benefits and discuss how students who choose to study abroad, can lead to a ‘brain gain’ for the MENA region.