16:30 – 17:25 | Regional study hubs: International education within the MENA region

🎤 Speakers

Amitabh Upadhya, Vice President, Altamont Group
Alexander Zheltov, CEO & Founder, Educate Online
Suad Alhalwachi, CEO, Education Zone
Martijn van de Veen (moderator), Chief Business Development Officer, ICEF

📝 Description

The Middle East offers a wide variety of transnational education and study hubs, allowing students to obtain a degree from a foreign institution without having to leave the region. Whilst at first this seems to conflict with the business model and objectives of international student recruitment agencies, the reality is that such local opportunities are often a first step towards an actual study abroad experience. The local campuses of overseas institutions lower the barriers to international education opportunities, they can be positioned as pathways and are at the same time great marketing for the institutions involved.

In this session we will explore the role that institutions and agencies play with regards to transnational education, and assess how relevant they are for the promotion of international education.