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Global Education 2019

With a greater focus on individual-based development and an increasingly competitive global education sector, the days of ‘one size fits all' teaching techniques such as repetition learning and blind copying are fading into the past. The nurturing of a critical thinking, sound reasoning individual, who has the ability to articulate his or her point of view, is paramount in today's global student. These qualities are arguably more critical in the quest to produce an intelligent workforce than the conventional practice of gearing education methods toward achieving a pass grade in the next examination.

Similarly, as we move towards a smaller, more interconnected world, it is becoming ever clearer that in order to meet the top priority of global industries and economies, countries have to invest in the quality of their workers. The only way to nurture a sophisticated global generation is to do so from the ground up: through education.

It is because of this that the best universities in the world are adopting a global perspective to best prepare their students for the global business stage. Some of the schools at the vanguard of this educational revolution are below.

China

China’s determination to create one of the foremost players on the global educational stage is demonstrated by the steadily increasing investment levels that the country has ploughed into its institutions of learning.

Take project 211, an undertaking created to bring 100 Chinese universities up to a world-class standard.  In the same vein, with the aim of creating an even more elite group of universities Project 985 was initiated.

To further broaden the global stature of Chinese education, the C9 league was created, with the aim of establishing itself as an Eastern rival of the US Ivy League.

China’s educational institution numbers have doubled in the last decade to nearly 2,500 and many universities are developing research and analytic facilities to rival the best schools in the west.

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Czech Republic

Undisputedly one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic was formed at the start of 1993, having formerly been part of Czechoslovakia. However, its academic tradition dates back to the 14th Century, meaning the Czech Republic has had a lot of time to perfect its education system and institutions. So, it's no wonder that the Czech Republic has several top-ranked universities - universities that have received high rankings and a global reputation for education and academic excellence.

The Czech Republic is also an increasingly popular destination for international study, with almost 44,000 foreign students currently enrolled at its universities.

Other notable perks for those choosing to study in the Czech Republic are affordable tuition fees and living costs, a vibrant and colorful cultural life and great access to the rest of Europe.

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Leading Universities in the Czech Republic 2019

Germany

Germany offers a smorgasbord of educational choice from smaller boutique institutions to some of the most prestigious universities in Western Europe. Similarly, the country serves up a real variety of cultural experiences from the vibrant and hip streets of the capital to the character and charm of the its towns and villages in the countryside.

In addition to great schools and a unique national identity, Germany also offers good post-graduation employment prospects, a renowned quality of life, relatively affordable tuition fees and a good variety of scholarship schemes for international students, making it no surprise that it is a very popular educational destination. Indeed, only the US and the UK welcome more international students each year than Germany.

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Leading Universities in Germany 2019

Hong Kong

Respected by employers and other colleges and universities around the world, learning institutions in Hong Kong are known for their world-class standards and excellent management and academic discipline that nurtures the student and helps achieves excellent results. The other benefit of Hong Kong is the fact that because the city attracts people from all over the world, the typical classroom of a college is a diverse, multicultural environment in which to learn.

Outside the educational realm, Hong Kong city offers an intoxicating mixture of excellent infrastructure, and a unique cultural identity thanks to being the meeting point of Eastern and Western civilizations. It is also the regional center of innovation and business for numerous multi-national corporations who base their Asia headquarters in this financial and business hub.

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Leading Universities in Hong Kong 2019

South Korea

As an authentic “Asian Tiger” economy, the third largest in the region and 13th biggest globally, South Korea delivers both in the classroom and with dynamic, rewarding experiences in the workplace.

The county has a vast, diverse higher education system with outstanding private universities. Many degrees are taught in English, which understandably makes things easier for global students, and establishments maintain a high level of English by insisting on TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent tests for their applicants before acceptance.

For students who decide to live and learn in Korea, the rewards are rich and plentiful. Culturally, the country is remarkable all year round, from the peaceful countryside to the mega-city capital Seoul, while academically, Korean universities consistently appear at the top of independent rankings; a result of state-of-the-art campuses, cutting edge technology, excellent teachers and top-quality research facilities.

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Leading Universities in Korea 2019

Italy

Italy’s sometimes momentous history has blessed the country with a rich and diverse culture, which is in itself an amalgamation of the different customs and traditions of its 20 individual regions. It also boasts some of the worlds most revered institutes of learning including the University of Bologna, believed to be the world’s oldest university.

Italy’s central location provides easy accessibility to a number of major European cities with their attendant cultures and institutions

To nurture the soul as well as the mind, there are more UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy than in any other nation in the world. These attractions, alongside Italy’s world-famous cuisine, phenomenal historical legacy and endless culture are just a handful of reasons why it is consistently among the world’s most visited countries each year.

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Leading Universities in Italy 2019

Malaysia

Besides good food, a rich cultural heritage, scenic tourism attractions and welcoming locals, Malaysia has a growing number of prestigious yet affordable higher education institutions that are making it an increasingly appealing education destination.

Malaysia’s public universities enjoy government funding allowing them the freedom to expand and improve upon their facilities and programmes – resulting in strong reputations in the areas of business and management, healthcare, agriculture, information technology, Islamic finance, science and engineering.

If you are thinking about heading to Asia for an Eastern cultural experience while pursuing top-notch education at the same time, it seems that Malaysia should be a strong contender on your list of higher education options.

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Leading Universities in Malaysia 2019

Poland

Over the years, Poland's universities have produced some of the world's most decorated thinkers and innovators, such as Marie Curie and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Unsurprisingly then, the country has a rich educational heritage - boasting over 500 higher education institutions, many of which specialize in specific educational disciplines unlike the traditional, multi-disciplinary teaching model that many European universities follow.  Four of the country's major universities are situated in the capital of Warsaw, including Poland's largest university, the University of Warsaw which regularly ranks highly in global comparisons.

Lastly, Poland also provides a variety of private and public tertiary education scholarships to both Polish students and international students, further enhancing the county’s reputation as a unique global education hub.

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Qatar

Known amongst other things as being the world’s richest county on GBD per capita, Quatar has enormous financial leverage, creating fertile ground for businesses to grow and prosper. This means there is a steady and strong demand for highly educated and motivated individuals.

Education in Qatar is very diverse, with many schools representing a variety of international curriculum systems. There are approximately 338 international schools in the country and several prestigious universities from around the world have satellite campuses there.

Qatar also features as an Education City with some high-technology facilities and houses many campuses run by a foreign institutions from the US, London and France. With funds channeled into transforming the academic landscape of Qatar, students find themselves able to build solid business connections or establish themselves in the country's economic juggernaut - the oil and gas industry.

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Slovenia

Slovenia is located at the heart of Europe, making it an excellent location at which to base yourself as you pursue your educational career.

Ljubljana is Slovenia’s capital and largest city and is a vibrant and bustling metropolis with a burgeoning industrial and business sector.  This necessitates the need for a steady supply of business and scientifically educated individuals and also contributes to its sizable student population. Annually, over 10,000 theatrical, musical, and artistic festivals take place in the city, making it a haven for creative and gifted individuals.

The University of Ljubljana is based in the capital and for almost half a century it remained the only university in Slovenia. In 1975, it was joined by the University of Maribor, while the University of Primorska and the University of Nova Gorica were created in 2003 and 2006 respectively.

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Leading Universities in Slovenia 2019

Sweden

Although boasting a population of under ten million, Sweden has had an outsized impact on the global cultural picture. From its standing as the center of an empire in the 17th century, to being the home and birthplace of the Nobel Prize, its influence has long spread well beyond its borders.

Of particular interest to potential students is the fact that free tuition is offered for EU students and although those outside the EU have to pay towards their tuition costs, the appeal of studying in Sweden is strong.

Modern-day Sweden is known for its sense of social justice and fairness. It has the highest level of wealth equality in the world, one of the world’s lowest gender pay gaps, publicly funded healthcare for all, and equal rights for homosexual and heterosexual couples. The fact that it is also verdant, green and unspoiled country only makes it all the more attractive as a destination for your academic career.

 

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Leading Universities in Sweden 2019
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