Market Watch: Eastern Europe

 
Keith Mayer (of American Curriculum Partnerships) in Ukraine.

Keith Mayer (of American Curriculum Partnerships) in Ukraine.

When it comes to the demand for American curriculum, Southeast Asia and Western Europe are the unquestioned leading consumers. These markets have consistency produced the highest yield rates, in-bound enrollments, and volume of interest in partnerships for U.S. private, secondary schools. Meanwhile, the rest of Europe has been quietly developing and — as of 2019 — remains a fairly untapped market for recruitment and collaboration. With economic growth in many Central and Eastern European countries outpacing several of their neighboring (and traditional powerhouse) economies, these Post-Soviet states can no longer be overlooked. The economic development, paired with a growing interest in Western curriculum and pathways to American Higher Ed, makes this region a top priority for development.

The American Academy of Prague currently operates in partnership with Foxcroft Academy, located in Dover-Foxcroft Maine. By 2020, Foxcroft will have 3 curriculum partnership schools in the Czech Republic.

The American Academy of Prague currently operates in partnership with Foxcroft Academy, located in Dover-Foxcroft Maine. By 2020, Foxcroft will have 3 curriculum partnership schools in the Czech Republic.

Many Central and Eastern European countries have sought to match the recent academic advancements and successes of its neighbor Poland, which is now outperforming much wealthier countries, from Britain to Sweden, across the board, and even nudged out the Canadians in science. Beginning in the mid-90’s, the Polish education system invested in a massive educational overhaul. In an effort to embrace globalization, Poland installed the concept of a core curriculum to give schools more autonomy. These reforms allowed school to embrace outside influence and to transform the Polish educational system. Now, countries such as Ukraine, Armenia, Czech Republic, and Russia are looking to American and British schools as both models and potential partners in reform. Demand for curriculum share programs, professional development seminars, and short and long-term exchanges is at an all-time high.

Campus of Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, where a group of 9 Ukrainian exchange students from ACP will attend this Spring.

Campus of Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie, New York, where a group of 9 Ukrainian exchange students from ACP will attend this Spring.

ACP supports the enhancement and international development of its consortium network of U.S.private and preparatory schools. Through various programs, consortium members are able to expand their reach and footprint in the global education market without sacrificing or reallocating their current internal resources.


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