India is the leading destination market for greenfield education FDI, while the UK is the top source market. GlobalData’s education foreign direct investment (FDI) report highlights the current trends in education foreign investments. Buy the report here.

Between 2019 and 2023, the education sector was the eighteenth largest FDI sector in terms of the number of greenfield investments. The education sector accounts for 1% of global greenfield FDI projects.

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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.

Combined, the top ten destination countries account for 48% of total education FDI projects.

The leading destination country for education FDI is India. The United Arab Emirates, US and Germany are also popular education investment hubs.

According to GlobalData’s FDI Projects database, Australia-based companies were the leading source of greenfield education investments into India.

With respect to outbound FDI, the UK was the leading education source market. UK-based companies held a 17.4% share of total outbound education FDI projects. The US, Australia, India and France are also top source markets for education FDI.

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