Idp Education is the education company most prolific at making international expansions, followed by SI-UK and Holberton School. GlobalData’s education foreign direct investment (FDI) company report highlights the current foreign investments made by leading education investors. Buy the report here.

Idp Education has been the most active education greenfield investor between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024, according to GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database. The parent company has been actively investing through several of its subsidiaries/company divisions.

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Greenfield foreign direct investment is when a company invests abroad to establish a new physical presence or expand an existing operation. Greenfield investments create jobs and/or involve a capital investment into the foreign location. Other forms of FDI, such as mergers and acquisitions, are not included as part of this definition.

The majority of Idp Education investments were in the educational services subsector. In fact, 95.5% of its total foreign investments were in this subsector. It also created projects across a further two subsectors.

By business function, most (97%) of Idp Education projects were related to business and professional services.

R&D and headquarters were the next most popular operations undertaken by Idp Education.

The company has been active across four world regions, mainly focused on Asia which received 90.9% of the company’s greenfield investments between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024. Its top three destination countries (by number of greenfield FDI projects) were India, the Philippines and Pakistan. Combined these three countries account for 85.7% of its total number of education investments.

Idp Education created more FDI projects in 2022 compared to any other year between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

Other leading FDI project generators in the education industry include SI-UK, Holberton School, CAE and UpGrad Education Pvt.

The UK is the leading source market for outbound education greenfield FDI projects. The country accounts for 17.1% of total outbound education investment projects. There have been 65 unique parent companies from the UK that have announced education FDI projects between between Q1 2019 and Q1 2024.

To further understand the top education FDI companies, access GlobalData’s Top education Foreign Direct Investment Companies report.

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GlobalData’s FDI Projects Database records greenfield FDI throughout the world in real-time. The data can be used to analyse company cross-border expansion activities as well as identify industry, thematic and geographic trends.