An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

An astonishing 21 per cent of the top 500 institutions did not reply to student enquiries. Photo by The New School on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

How effective are the online information and enquiry services of the top 500 universities? The British Council's Elizabeth Shepherd looks at new research that evaluates the recruitment process through the eyes of prospective international students.  The research will be presented at the European Association of International Education (EAIE) Conference, taking place from 16 to 19 September.

'The flexibility of the language allows for many things to be expressed more concisely than English.' (Photo of Turkish coffee and Turkish delight by Robyn Lee under Creative Commons licence)

'The flexibility of the language allows for many things to be expressed more concisely than English.' (Photo of Turkish coffee and Turkish delight by Robyn Lee under Creative Commons licence)

'The flexibility of the language allows for many things to be expressed more concisely than English.' (Photo of Turkish coffee and Turkish delight by Robyn Lee under Creative Commons licence)

In the latest in our series on the British Council's Languages for the Future report, which highlights ten languages that Britons should learn, we turn to Turkish. Literary translator John Angliss explains why the unusual structure of Turkish, and Turkey's considerable regional influence, makes the language such a delight to learn.

'Integrating international students into the home community is fundamental to internationalising higher education.' Photo by Mat Wright / British Council

'Integrating international students into the home community is fundamental to internationalising higher education.' Photo by Mat Wright / British Council

'Integrating international students into the home community is fundamental to internationalising higher education.' Photo by Mat Wright / British Council

International students make a vital academic, economic and cultural contribution to the UK’s higher education sector, but whose responsibility is it to make them feel welcome? The British Council’s Zainab Malik writes about our research on the matter, released today.

People expect humanities graduates to be able to write, present, and speak in a manner sensitive to local cultural contexts. Photo of Sindh after the flood by DFID under Creative Commons licence.

People expect humanities graduates to be able to write, present, and speak in a manner sensitive to local cultural contexts. Photo of Sindh after the flood by DFID under Creative Commons licence.

People expect humanities graduates to be able to write, present, and speak in a manner sensitive to local cultural contexts. Photo of Sindh after the flood by DFID under Creative Commons licence.

Scientific and technical knowledge is vital in tackling development challenges such as poverty and security, but so are the humanities, according to a study into the value of the humanities. Meghann Jones of Ipsos Public Affairs, which carried out the research, explains.

Cul-de-sac: a street or passage closed at one end. Photo by Piermario on Flickr / Creative Commons.

Cul-de-sac: a street or passage closed at one end. Photo by Piermario on Flickr / CC.

Cul-de-sac: a street or passage closed at one end. Photo by Piermario on Flickr / Creative Commons.

How did so many French words and phrases make their way into the English language? Garry and Richard, English teachers at the British Council in Slovakia, delve into a bit of the history in their Language Corner radio show. Read an edited transcript below or scroll down to listen to the show.