Edunomics Focus: Pushing into Asia’s Education Frontier

With so many emerging market economies and currencies on the boil, it might be counter-intuitive to explore investing in markets that are even less developed. But in the realm of education, there are increasingly compelling reasons to do so. Within Asia, so-called Frontier Markets began as a classification for financial portfolio investors and the indices that […]

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Sinking: How Emerging Market Currencies May Roil the International Education Sector

Emerging market currencies are plummeting against the US dollar. What will be the impact on the international education market?  If we are to judge by the amount of discussion within the industry on this topic, the answer would lie somewhere between not much and who cares. Which may be extremely short-sighted. Recall that the 1997 Asian financial […]

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Rich Student, Poor Student: Education as a Global Luxury Good

In 2004 the late C.K. Prahalad published The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, his brilliant contribution to understanding how companies and investors can help to eradicate poverty among the world’s three billion poorest without sacrificing–and indeed improving upon–their profit-driven business models. In a sense, his ideas were a precursor to the “doing well by doing good” meme as it applies to […]

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Asia's Education Spending: Top and Bottom of the Pyramid

Asia-based households continue to spend significantly on educational activities outside of school, allocating an average 13 per cent of their total disposable income in 2014.  Mercifully over two-thirds of households save regularly for this purpose–though some have been known to plunge dangerously into debt–a fact consistent with past surveys and our own analysis.  What is most intriguing about this spending is that it’s not confined to rich […]

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How the Chinese Student Juggernaut in US Higher Education Will End

This post originally appeared in the Educelerate blog on June 16, 2015. Are US colleges approaching a peak in Chinese student growth? In the past few weeks there have been articles ranging from how addicted college admissions officers are to Chinese student enrollments to the indictment of 15 Chinese students for lying on their applications and US schools expelling 8.000 Chinese […]

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Opportunities in African Education: A Brief Glance at the Data

We can only get our continent to have inclusive growth if we are educated and change our   mindsets — Doreen E. Noni, World Economic Forum, 2014 It doesn’t take a great deal of macroeconomic digging to understand the profound development opportunities that are emerging across Africa, which by 2013 was receiving $57 billion in foreign direct […]

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M&A in Asia's Education Sector: Flies and Elephants

“A fly before his own eye is bigger than an elephant in the next field.” Anon. (Chinese) It is tempting to watch the merry-go-round of dealmaking among education entrepreneurs and venture geeks and settle into the idea that one can just can invest into something quickly, build scale and dominate a particular corner of the education market–or, if that […]

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How EdTech Companies Can Invest in the Educations of All Students

This post previously appeared as an article in Edsurge on April 14, 2015. In the world we live in, unprecedented opportunities to learn co-exist with enormous inequality. Today there are over 100 more children enrolled in primary schools in lower-middle income countries than a decade ago, and early childhood education is skyrocketing–a fantastic outcome in such as short […]

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Keynote at Baylor University: The Global Classroom

In March I had the honor of presenting at Baylor University’s Global Business Forum on the topic of the Global Classroom. Participants included Dr. Jouni Valijarvi from the Finnish Institute of Educational Research, Dr. Patrick Blessinger, author of Democratizing Higher Education: International Comparative Perspectives, and many other education professionals. My keynote deck is attached here.

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