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Education Industry Investment Forum 2010, Phoenix AZ

Education sector in India is expanding and innovating new models and services related to education sector. For example, traditional learning companies like NIIT are reinventing themselves and at another level entrepreneurial companies like MeritTracand GTT are gaining traction. One forum in the US, that celebrates and encourages entrepreneurialism and investment in education sector is - Education Industry Investment Forum (EIIF). This could be an interesting learning and engagement opportunity for Indian participants interested in education sector. Here is the interview with Douglas Crets, Conference Director, EIIF, Institute for International Research (IIR).
- Rahul Choudaha, PhD

Before joining Institute for International Research, Douglas Crets spent six years working as a journalist and as an independent researcher in Asia. He is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong, where he earned a Master's in Journalism. Douglas has experience developing unique qualitative analysis rep…

Trends for Indian Education Sector in 2010

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Indian education sector has gained significant attention from policymakers, investors, and media in the year 2009. It was filled with enthusiasm at one level and anxieties at another level. The year 2010 will continue to be an important year with increasing demand for education and corresponding new ways of meeting those demands. Given below are the top five trends I expect for 2010.

What are your expectations for Indian education sector in 2010? Please share your comments at the bottom.

#1: Internationalization would become more glamorous:
Internationalization as a strategy for building reputation will gain more prominence. This may range from establishing international collaborations for student/faculty exchange programs to joint research projects and offshore campuses. Increasingly, international collaborations will go beyond American universities as more European universities are expected to show interest in India. Innovation universities planned by the Indian government may also…

Guru Mantra: Andreas Blom, Education Economist, World Bank

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Andreas Blom
Education Economist, Human Development
South Asia Region, The World Bank

Andreas Blom works as a Senior Education Economist in the World Bank’s department for Human Development in South Asia. He specializes in the economic policy analysis of human capital and creation of knowledge, and their efficient use in society.

Andreas works with the Governments of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan to improve quality, access and financing of their higher education and training systems. In his previous position, Andreas worked seven years on higher education, training, labor markets and public spending in Latin America and the Caribbean. He was part of a team that supported student loan agencies in Latin America, in particular in Mexico and Colombia. He authored several global and regional studies on the financing of higher education, student loans, labor markets, quality of education, and science, technology and innovation.

He holds a master degree in development economics from the Univ…

David Comp, The University of Chicago

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David Comp
Senior Adviser for International Initiatives
The College at The University of Chicago

David Comp currently works as the Senior Adviser for International Initiatives in The College at The University of Chicago.  He has also consulted on several international education related projects for a variety of institutions and organizations in higher education.  He serves on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE) and edits and maintains International Higher Education Consulting Blog.  Additionally, he has co-authored several book chapters and reports on international education topics.  His research focuses on the use of international education for soft power and public diplomacy efforts; methodology of data collection on global student and scholar mobility and on the history of international education exchanges.  He currently serves on the Committee on Outcomes Assessment of the Forum on Education Abroad and has served on multiple task…

Indian Education Sector: Top 5 Newsmakers of 2009

In 2009, education sector in India gained significant attention from policymakers, investors and entrepreneurs. Several events and factors contributed to it and I thought of summarizing top five newsmakers for 2009. I am seeing it from the perspective of how these developments have interacted with and impacted the larger community of professionals who are interested in Indian education sector. Next week, I will cover top five education trends to watch for 2010.

I also invite you to comment at the bottom of the posting about your thoughts on the list for 2009. Do you agree or disagree with the list?

#1. Kapil Sibal - new optimism, new uncertainities:
Education sector in general and higher education sector in particular gained new found optimism of change and opportunity with Kapil Sibal taking charge of the ministry of HRD. His announcement of 100-day reform agenda gained significant attention. However, stakeholders are also uncertain and are keenly awaiting developments related to the …