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24 March 2017
Eddie West is Director of International Programs at UC Berkeley Extension, where he provides leadership of short-term study programs for international students, including Berkeley Global Access, Berkeley-Haas Global Access, International Diploma Programs and the College Foundations Program for international high school students. From 2013 to 2016 he led international initiatives at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).
24 March 2017
One of the first in the Gulf region to discover and capitalise on its oil wealth, the small island state of Bahrain has prioritised economic diversification to reduce its dependence on oil. The economy is bolstered by migrant workers, who dominate the developing private sector. Meanwhile, Bahrainis prefer the better pay and conditions of the public sector rather than the private industry. Young job seekers often defer employment in the hope of ultimately securing work in the public sector resulting in a high youth unemployment levels. In its effort to support the expanding private sector, the government is developing technical and vocational programmes tailored to meet industry needs and raise the employability of graduates.
24 March 2017
Nigeria is recognised as a market with high potential due to its large and expanding young population and diverse economy. The country’s outlook remains very positive in spite of the current severe economic crisis, significant development and inequality challenges, and deep-rooted corruption. While most young Nigerians still lack the basic foundation required for upper secondary or tertiary education, rapid population growth and increasing secondary enrolment figures, particularly in urban areas and among higher socio-economic groups, mean that demand for higher education is growing rapidly, far outstripping supply.

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