Education is increasingly seen by governments as a major contributor to national wealth and economic development. In addition, the increasingly competitive external environment has called for continuous improvement of countries’ quality assurance standards and international criterion of their education systems. In order to maintain global relevance, internationalisation of both teaching and research have become critical objectives for most tertiary institutions. 

The shape of things to come: higher education global trends and emerging opportunities to 2020 provides a rigorous analysis of prevailing trends that are shaping higher education globally. It also looks into the next decade to determine how these will unfold. The shape of things to come details the impact of demographic and economic drivers on the changing higher education landscape in the next decade. It aims to identify the most significant emerging markets for international students and the fastest growing education systems, as well as predicting which countries’ systems will be most open for international collaboration in teaching and research.