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Article title: The Great Asian International School Gold Rush: an economic analysis

From Journal of Research in International Education

The number of international schools is growing, especially in Asia. This presents competitive challenges; most obviously for student recruitment and retention. This paper argues that the international school industry in Asia is currently enjoying gold rush market conditions. The lived-reality of international schooling in that geographic region may feel competitive and many schools do face fierce rivalry, but aggregate data and economic analysis paint a different picture. According to ISC Research (2017), the paper encourages a more nuanced view of international school competition across Asia – and of its gold rush conditions.

Abstract

The number of international schools is growing, especially in Asia. This presents competitive challenges; most obviously for student recruitment and retention. However, demand for places at these schools is also growing. As a result, while international schooling may feel competitive, aggregate economic data show that growing numbers do not axiomatically equate to fierce competition; many schools enjoy benign market pressures. This observation, the paper concludes, encourages a more nuanced view of international school competition across Asia – and of its gold rush conditions.

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Article details
The Great Asian International School Gold Rush: an economic analysis
Denry Machin Keele University, UK
First Published July 26, 2017
DOI: 10.1177/1475240917722276
From Journal of Research in International Education

 

 

     
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