The International School Consultancy published an article this spring ranking the nations with the most international schools. The demand for international education is exploding! It used to be when I first started my career in international education over 20 years ago, I knew of almost all of the schools and they mostly catered to expatriates. Today, more local families are looking for English-medium international “western” education. I think this reflects globalization of the economy. Many parents feel their children, in order to be successful in business or other fields, need to be fluent in English and have a creative, critical thinking and collaborative skills in this economy. Families recognize the mobility future employees need in this age of rapidly changing work environments.
Japan ranks #6 in the world with 239 international schools. The top country is the United Arab Emirates with 549 schools educating over half a million students. Rounding out the top five is China, Pakistan, India and Spain. I am curious to see where this trend is going. It seems like new schools are popping up all the time, especially here in East Asia.