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A pair of private equity firms are merging three ed tech businesses to form a new company, whose chief executive likens it to a “greatest hits album” of software for universities and colleges.
Two prominent US universities have filed a lawsuit in a bid to block rules created by the Trump administration that would remove international students from courses if they moved fully online due to Covid-19.
The leader of the United Arab Emirates’ largest for-profit school chain has said that the coronavirus crisis will prompt mergers and closures of schools, as well as redundancies, due to “double-digit” falls in enrolments.
The Trump administration has delivered a fresh blow to international students in the US, declaring that if university courses must be delivered online next year due to Covid-19, they cannot stay in the country.
A decision by US President Donald Trump’s administration to temporarily suspend certain work visas for foreigners will result in American universities losing income from international students, a ratings agency has warned.
More than a dozen UK universities are at risk of collapse due to widespread losses stemming from the coronavirus crisis, a new study has found.
WeWork, the shared office space provider, has divested two of its education businesses in recent weeks.
Honoris United Universities, the pan-African higher education group backed by private equity firm Actis, has acquired Nile University Nigeria, expanding into West Africa.
Indian start-up Byju’s has become ed tech’s first ‘decacorn’ as its valuation reached $10.5 billion after securing fresh investment from Bond, the first female-founded venture capital fund.
Ratings agency Moody’s has cheered the UK higher education sector’s “resilience” to Covid-19, after universities recorded 1% growth in acceptance of undergraduates despite the worst pandemic in generations.

Technocrats are concocting problems and convincing educators that only their technology-driven products provide the solution. Schools should be wary of wolves in sheep’s clothing, writes Joe Nutt, educational consultant and author

Educational media provider MarcoPolo Learning developed a product that reaches some 500 million households across the world. Patrick Dumas, an investor and the company’s head of business development, sets out its strategy as it looks to cap off a $15 million funding round amid a crisis that catalysed an unprecedented shift to home learning

As learning – for now – is confined largely within computer screens, the coronavirus crisis will give rise to a wave of new ed tech businesses. Investors are striving to spot the next unicorn before its valuation balloons, but how does one tell it apart from a donkey? Simone Rensch finds out

To reach unicorn status in Africa’s private education market, investors must understand fully its challenges and create innovative continent-wide solutions, writes Henry Warren, chair of African ed tech Watobe

The question is not if, but when, writes Josh O’Neill on the back of an EducationInvestor Global webinar

To find the future of international education in China, one doesn’t have to look far, writes Philipp Ortner, managing director of Chengdu-based Elite Education Consulting

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.

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

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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

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


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

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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