GES 20: End of Globalization?

There is a cold logic to globalization—especially when it appears to be dying. Can growth be maintained in the world’s leading economies without expanding internationally? Can education start-ups and new ventures rely solely on their local markets? How long will new markets and new consumers in emerging and frontier markets—the world’s engine for future growth—be […]

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Keynote at US-Sino Online Higher Education Conference: Shanghai, 2018

I was honored to keynote the US-Sino Online Higher Education Forum at Shanghai Jiao Tong University(上海交通大学)which took place on June 1, 2018.  My talk was focused on the next phase of collaboration between US and Chinese universities.  I have consistently thought that education remains a critical aspect of Sino-US relations and that the ability of […]

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Why all foreign students should be given a green card

US labor productivity is growing at its lowest rate, over an extended period, since 1948.  In the face of this multifaceted decline, the Trump Administration’s “New Foundationfor American Greatness” has explicitly targeted GDP growth rates of 3% by 2021 based on a raft of trade, budgetary and investment measures.  It has also championed an attempt to “Buy American, […]

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When Fintech Meets Education: An International Love Affair

Investors and entrepreneurs are usually exuberant about the 1.65 billion strong global student market until they hear the bad news: the majority can’t afford anything beyond basic education. This, of course, doesn’t include the 122 million illiterate youth in the world today or the legions of non-formal and professional learners who may want to improve their skills but have little […]

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Will Trump’s “America First” Policies Disrupt International Education?

In 2016, the United States hosted over 1 million foreign students at an estimated $32.8 billion economic impact and over 400,000 jobs, a level that could easily exceed $45 billion by 2025. Under the outgoing Obama Administration, international student enrollments grew five-fold from 200,460 international students in 2009 and left the US as the top destination […]

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Russia’s Untapped Potential: Beyond Hacking

Russia is not an education superpower.  What if it were? This may not be an idle question as the country seeks to bolster its international position–no less under a Trump Administration–and to counteract the perception of either being a state-sponsored hacker or geopolitical bully. Domestically, Russia’s persistent de-population trend over the past quarter century coincides with a global shift […]

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Understanding the Global Edunomic Index (GEI)

What is the GEI? The Global Edunomic Index (GEI) was recently published over at  3/1 Global Research.  Within it we analyzed education, economic and investment risk/environment data across 49 Emerging and Frontier Markets and then stack-ranked them using our internal scoring methodology.  Why? To help companies, universities and investors make sense of the world’s rapid development […]

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Does America’s Foreign Language Deficit Matter? Ask Google Translate

For many years US education officials have lauded the remarkable success of Finland in math and science, where its 15 year-old students have, along with a handful of Asian countries, dominated the global rankings as measured by comparative international PISA scores. US Education Secretary Arne Duncan lamented that US students are one to two years […]

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Chasing China’s Edtech Unicorns: A Cautionary Tale

This article was first published at EdSurge on June 7,2016 There is little doubt that China’s record $1.7 billion invested in 44 edtech companies last year is helping to provide one of the world’s most dynamic education market with increased access quality learning and spurring a movement toward social impact investing. But in the competitive scramble […]

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