Eindhoven, 28 February 2020 – STUDYPORTALS and XOLAS are starting a collaboration aimed at complementing each other’s strengths in benchmarking for business schools and data analytics for universities. The collaboration will primarily be aimed at business schools, matching institutional strength with real-time international student interest.

In this context, we link the services of XOLAS Intelligence Solutions with STUDYPORTALS ACT data analytics. The purpose of the consultancy services is to translate the outcomes of substantial market analyses and benchmarking into actionable recommendations and linking those to institutional strategy and decision making. Together, STUDYPORTALS and XOLAS answer the most relevant questions and develop successful ways to enhance and promote the internationalisation of the institution, focus recruitment markets, and improve faculty and student quality. Specifically, we will focus on the following strategic areas relevant to business schools:

  • Internationalization of institution, programmes, faculty
  • International branding and positioning
  • Student quality and quantity

Thijs van Vugt, Director of Analytics and Consulting at Studyportals noted:

“We have access to a growing knowledge base about the actual behaviour and preferences of international students globally. Our data has already shown its predictive power and increasingly our clients, governments and professional bodies request these insights. We believe that real value is created when business schools match their institutional strengths to the interest in the marketplace. Together with XOLAS, and especially with Mathias Falkenstein, we believe we can serve the B-school sector even better, instantly! That is why we have chosen to partner with XOLAS.”

Mathias Falkenstein, Founder of XOLAS:

“Business Schools and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) more generally are facing a variety of challenges with the most important ones being technology-driven disruptions in teaching & learning, rising financial pressures, heightened international competition, and changing demographics. We at XOLAS are excited to cooperate with the StudyPortals` Analytics and Consulting Team to provide data-driven solutions and management tools that allow schools to respond successfully to the constantly changing and often ‘hard-to-meet expectations’ of their institutional stakeholders. We offer our joint services because we, StudyPortals and XOLAS, believe in the higher purpose of higher education and business schools in particular, as an integral part of our societies.”

Press contact

Studyportals: Carmen Neghina (carmen@studyportals.com | +31 655 875 270).

XOLAS: Mathias Falkenstein (mathias.falkenstein@xol.as | +49 151 185 159 98).