Spanish government launches “Study in Spain” portal
International educators in Spain got a boost last month with the launch of the “Study in Spain” portal sponsored by Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and the Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), both looking to increase the tourism revenues foreign students bring to the country.
According to collaborator El Instituto Cervantes, some 950,000 foreign students went to Spain last year to study, an increase of 25% from the previous year. Each student spends more on tourism than the average visitor which resulted in almost €200m in 2012.
“The new digital platform aims to promote educational tourism in Spain and the internationalisation of education services in our country,” said El Instituto Cervantes in a statement. “It also aims to attract potential foreign students by showcasing Spain as an attractive tourist destination.”
The main source markets for Spain last year were France, Italy, the USA and Germany. “These tourists tend to return after their trip either to improve their knowledge, to visit friends or to relive their past experiences,” the organisation said.
The Secretary of Tourism, Isabel Borrego confirmed the government is keen to back the country’s international education programmes saying that foreign students become the “best ambassadors” for Spain.
Offered in both English and Spanish, the site gives potential students information on universities that offer graduate and post-graduate courses, Instituto Cervantes-accredited language schools and business schools across the country.
The site also provides students with visa information, how to prepare for their trip and what they can expect to find in the regions around Spain.
Spanish language schools in Spain welcome the support from the government and the opportunity to collaborate with higher education institutions as more students look to study Spanish for entrance into universities.
Bob Burger, marketing director at Malaca Instituto told The PIE News: “At Malaca about 20% of our students are here studying Spanish in order to go on to some kind of university programme. That is considerably up since four years ago and it’s on an increasing trend.
“All the emerging markets that have just opened up for Spain including China, Russia, Turkey, India and Kazakstan are dominated by students looking to enter university in a country not just learn a language,” he added.
In an effort to eventually make the site a self sustainable marketing tool, educators and stakeholders can increase their web visibility by buying advertising presence.
Rafael Rodríguez-Ponga, general secretary of Instituto Cervantes said the site would also be “very useful” for students looking to increase their employability by learning Spanish.
According to the institute, Spanish has risen 800% in the last decade to become the second most used language on Twitter and the third most on the internet behind English and Chinese.
Earlier this year, Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel García-Margallo claimed that Spanish could be the country’s most “valuable asset” and that the government is planning to consolidate its promotional efforts of the language in new Asian markets.
Study Abroad in Barcelona
In an increasingly globalized economy, international experience and understanding of foreign markets and practices is essential. Advance your Spanish language skills while pursuing a degree in business in the dynamic capital of Catalonia. You’ll explore issues related to business within the context of Spain and the European Union in classes with local students, taught in English or in Spanish. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced-level Spanish student, studying abroad in Barcelona offers you challenging coursework, homestays, company visits, internship opportunities, and a variety of cultural excursions and activities that give you insight into international business.
Study abroad in Barcelona and you'll:
- Begin or continue to build your Spanish language skills
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In addition to Spanish language and area studies courses, you’ll choose from a variety of business-specific electives in international expansion, management, marketing, sustainability, consumer behavior, finance, and economics. Courses are offered in English and Spanish with direct enrollment options at Universitat Pompeu Fabra available for advanced Spanish speakers.
If you’ve taken five or more semesters of Spanish language, then you’ll have the chance to intern for credit. Help interview and choose candidates at BrainMatch, a head hunting company. Work closely with accountants at Audiconsultores to offer audit, tax, actuarial, corporate finance, and other services. Maybe even work with the marketing director at Whirlpool, a Fortune 500 company.
Enjoy a variety of corporate site visits; field trips to art and history museums, monuments, and landmarks; and guided tours of Barcelona. You’ll also go on three one-day trips throughout Catalonia and one extended weekend excursion to another Spanish city, such as Madrid or Seville, that will include business- and cultural-based guided tours and activities.
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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3) is a small public university well-known for the quality of its teaching. The University offers a high quality and diverse educational experience. It has a strong international agenda. International students comprise 27% of the student body.
UNC students will be taking courses at the Getafe campus. Getafe is a municipality of Madrid located 10 KM south of Central Madrid. This campus has two schools: the School of Social Science and Law and the School of Humanities. The modern campus installations include two libraries, computer rooms in various buildings, audiovisual rooms, recording studios, court rooms, wireless internet access throughout the campus, and a sports center with facilities for basketball, tennis, squash, beach-volleyball and a sauna. The campus is well-connected to the city center by public transportation.
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Published on 28 Oct 2013
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How Corporations Use MOOCs Infographic
With rapid growth in the number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and students, it was only a matter of time before corporate American sat up and took notice. The How Corporations Use MOOCs Infographic presents 7 ways corporations use MOOCs to meet some of the professional development and training needs of their work force, partners, and customers.
7 Ways Corporations Use MOOCs
1. Building Talent Pipelines.
350+ companies are paying Coursera and Udacity to identify the best and brightest students in relevant courses and refer them as possible job candidates. The webinar also cited AT&T as sponsoring the development of an MS in Computer Science at Georgia Tech in which the firm can then enroll employees.
2. Onboarding Employees.
This point gave us a bit of pause. Cited during the webinar was McAfee’s wild success in adopting the “MOOC approach” of blending formal, informal and social learning to overhaul of its 80-hour employee orientation program. However, that approach to learning is not unique to MOOCs; in fact, it predates MOOCs and is SOP within many college distance learning environments.
Then there’s the question of whether a course designed for a limited population (McAfee employees) can really be called a MOOC, which is by definition “Open” to a general population. Not all eLearning is a MOOC. As an aside, we’re wondering if we’re witnessing a real-time etymological case study. Will the term MOOC come to be applied to any online course in the same way that any tissue came to be called a Kleenex and any photocopy a Xerox?
3. Self-directed Career Development.
Deloitte, Yahoo!, Jardine Lloyd Thompson and Datalogix are cited as some of the companies that encourage employees to enroll in MOOCs for career development purposes. Not all of these companies give credit for MOOC completion, but creating a means to do so was highly recommended in the webinar.
4. Workforce Training.
Google has enrolled 80,000 employees in Udacity’s HTML5 course, a great example of using a MOOC for workforce training. Also cited was a “proprietary MOOC” developed by Aquent for its employees (if a MOOC can be proprietary and still be a MOOC). Finally, TELUS was named as an example of workforce training using “the MOOC approach,” even though the course of interest was not online.
5. Channel/Customer Education.
Some interesting developments have occurred here. SAP offers its own MOOCs to train customers and partners; because they are open to anyone who registers, these are legitimate MOOCs. The IMF has been working with edX to develop courses about debt and financial policy making for government officials. It’s not clear whether these courses are open to the public.
6. Brand Marketing.
The University of California, Irvine offers the course Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead. While this is not a first in using pop culture as pedagogical material, what’s distinctive about this course is that it is funded by AMC in order to “drive a deep sustained connection with the show.”
7. Collaboration and Innovation.
The combination of formal, informal and social learning methodologies, dubbed “the MOOC approach” in the webinar, has served as an effective tool to find solutions to real-life business problems. Over 100 companies have used the University of Virginia/Coursera platform, Coursolve, to do just that. This may be one of the most promising business uses of a MOOC.