Adult Students

Knowledge is power.

We are a trusted advisor to education companies and private equity firms investing in and competing across the entire student life cycle – from Pre-K through professional certification. We help educational institutions and the vendors that support them succeed. 


Educating leaders of tomorrow.

For the first time in human history, say researchers at the Brookings Institution, fully half of the world’s people are middle class or wealthier. Meanwhile, over at the Pew Research Center, a survey of 39 countries reveals that three out of four people use the internet. Ready for one more statistic? According to a UNESCO-sponsored report, the global population of college students has more than doubled since 2000.

Affluent, connected and academically ambitious: That’s the modern world in a nutshell.

All this might seem like an ideal environment for growth in the education sector. The reality, however, is significantly more complicated. Public and private organizations alike face challenges in selecting the right geographical markets for expansion, creating the right educational offerings for each locality and making the appropriate digital investments for education delivery. The upshot is that, in education, a robust strategy is more critical than ever.

Who we are

The Profit Link’s Global Education practice serves public, private nonprofit and private for-profit educational institutions. We also work with investors and foundations that are involved with the education industry.

We’ve led multiple on-site engagements in all education segments: early childhood, K-12 and higher education. We also have specialties in English language training, transnational education (TNE) and education technology (edtech).

We combine primary research with advanced analytics and strategy consulting to help clients realize growth opportunities in new sectors and geographies, including untapped developing countries. Our knowledge bank contains the lessons from over 600 engagements in 90 countries — lessons that we bring to bear in helping you formulate strategies of your own.

How we help

Clients engage us to:

  • Identify and characterize opportunities. With sustainable growth and profitability as strategic imperatives, we provide an aggregated overview of both regional and global education markets, local market demand, and the competitive landscape. This helps reveal commercial opportunities and relationships, which is an essential step in establishing and strengthening regional and global presence.

  • Assess potential investments. There’s a rapidly growing appetite for investment in the education sector, which has proved to be one of the most resilient industries. At the same time, more education companies are using acquisitions as a way to scale. We work closely with our private equity and corporate clients throughout the transaction cycle. Our support ranges from identifying attractive companies to performing commercial due diligence, increasing portfolio company value growth and providing exit support.

  • Define winning strategies. We help clients transform unique insights into actionable, tactical initiatives that are in line with their goals and objectives. We accomplish this by conducting a deep-dive market assessment, using powerful analytics and combining an understanding of local markets with global trends in the education industry.

  • Evaluate key areas for potential growth. We assess opportunities for clients aiming to increase their offerings via expansion into adjacent education subsectors such as edtech. We also help clients create a business plan for new opportunities, taking into account specific objectives and priorities.

  • Create value from the ecosystem. We tap into our partnerships across the education network — in innovation, talent, capital and impact. Our deep global network puts us in a unique position to support our clients in strategy development, private equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and other areas.