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23/05/2020
Ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded its outlook on Unite Group, the UK’s largest student housing provider, from positive to stable in anticipation of weakened demand due to Covid-19.
22/05/2020
Quizlet, a virtual flashcard platform, has reached unicorn status after raising $30 million in a Series C funding round led by General Atlantic that valued the business at around $1 billion.
22/05/2020
MasterClass, a start-up that sells online classes often taught by celebrities, has raised $100 million in a Series E funding round that valued the business in the region of $800 million.
22/05/2020
Education First (EF) is set to have “one of its biggest investment years ever” despite the coronavirus crisis, as the language tuition giant draws up expansion plans for its Chinese operation, one of its executives has said.
21/05/2020
Nearly a third of Chinese operators providing British-style schooling have seen revenues fall by up to 25% as a result of Covid-19, a new survey has found, evidencing widespread financial ramifications of the viral pandemic.
21/05/2020
UK universities face a potential loss of £760 million after a survey found that one in five students will not enrol in the next academic year if instruction is delivered online.
20/05/2020
Emma Cleugh, partner at global property consultancy Knight Frank, offers advice to schools and universities across the UK on how to unlock value in educational buildings amid the coronavirus crisis, and why operators and investors should start planning now for the post-pandemic world.
20/05/2020
Cambridge University will host all lectures online until next summer, as the institution becomes the first in Britain to implement digital-only provision throughout the next academic year.
19/05/2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a harsh toll on Australia’s student accommodation market, as providers report occupancy falls of between 20% and 50%, according to property consultancy Savills, which anticipates negative growth in the third quarter.
19/05/2020
Muddy Waters has published a damning report on GSX Techedu calling it a “near-total fraud” – the third short-seller this year to accuse the New York-listed Chinese moonshot of systemic fraud.

The UK higher education sector is bracing for a multibillion-pound loss come September, when a sharp fall in international student enrolments caused by Covid-19 will wreak havoc on universities’ finances. With a spate of potential mergers looming, Josh O’Neill wonders if it is time for the sector to think small – and agile

International investors with eyes on Egypt’s booming international K12 sector are jittery after government introduced a new decree capping foreign ownership of schools at 20%. Have authorities poured too much cold water on a hot market, asks Josh O’Neill

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the UK education sector into a state of flux, as providers face a cash crunch that could prove fatal for some. Deal flow has dried up, and buyout houses with hundreds of millions of pounds invested in the market are bracing for widespread losses, writes Josh O’Neill

As the number of outbound students seeking an education abroad rises every year, data indicates that the majority of this population comprises Chinese students. How can universities reduce their dependence on a single country as the biggest driver of growth in international student numbers? Ashwin Assomull and Sudeep Laad of L.E.K. Consulting highlight how India and other nascent markets offer promising potential and a means to safeguard enrolment rates for universities

Ed tech platforms are bridging a crucial gap between educators and learners amid widespread global closures that have severely disrupted brick-and-mortar providers. A surge in uptake of online education will outlast the Covid-19 pandemic, writes James Local, managing director at investment bank Houlihan Lokey, who foresees significant long-term wins that should accelerate growth and investment in the sector

The global pathways industry is a staid one in which face-to-face delivery models have remained largely unchanged for nearly three decades. But since international travel bans have stemmed flows of foreign students, the sector is in dire need of disruption from online providers, argue Abhinav Mital and Amit Garga, co-founders of LINC Education

The global education sector is bracing for disruption. Companies that stand still will succumb to Covid-19

Educators’ eyes are focusing on opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, says Pam Mundy, Business Women in Education founding member and an independent educational consultant. In this contribution, she offers a street-level view of the controversial market, hitting back at consensus that it is not welcoming to Western women




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UK | Private equity investment

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the UK education sector into a state of flux, as providers face a cash crunch that could prove fatal for some. Deal flow has dried up, and buyout houses with hundreds of millions of pounds invested in the market are bracing for widespread losses, writes Josh O'Neill
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Middle East & Africa | Foreign direct investment

International investors with eyes on Egypt's booming international K12 sector are jittery after government introduced a new decree capping foreign ownership of schools at 20%. Have authorities poured too much cold water on a hot market, asks Josh O'Neill
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Global | Industry voice

The global pathways industry is a staid one in which face-to-face delivery models have remained largely unchanged for nearly three decades. But since international travel bans have stemmed flows of foreign students, the sector is in dire need of disruption from online providers, argue Abhinav Mital and Amit Garga, co-founders of LINC Education
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Global | Leadership lunch

Josh O'Neill breaks bread with Harry Hortyn and Robert Phipps, co-founders of Oxford Summer Courses, the UK's fastest-growing education organisation, who argue that two heads are better than one when it comes to running their business
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