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Keystone Education Group (“Keystone”) has announced today the acquisition of global education providers, Edunation and Asia Exchange.

Fredrik Högemark, CEO of Keystone, said, “This is a landmark moment in the history of Keystone, opening the door for millions of students to study opportunities in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

“Last year, 120 million students used Keystone as part of their study search journey, and over 70,000 directly enrolled into a program through our services. With the help of Edunation and Asia Exchange, we expect to support thousands more in 2024 and beyond.

“These students will benefit from access to an expanded range of programs, including gap years, study abroad, pathways, and full degrees.

“We have built a strong network of international education agencies across Europe, and now it is time to take the next step in our global strategy by expanding further into the Asia-Pacific region,” he said.

Founded by Harri Suominen and Tuomas Kauppinen, Asia Exchange was established in 2007 to help others benefit from the “life-changing experience” of studying abroad – inspired by their own experiences as exchange students in Asia during the mid-2000s.

Ten years later, they launched Edunation in 2017, providing pathways to work and study in the founders’ native Finland, and it has grown quickly to become the nation’s leading provider in recruiting foreign students to Finland.

“We are proud and humbled to be able to join a global powerhouse in the field of international education, especially one with roots in the Nordics,” said Suominen.

“Asia Exchange will bring substantial strategic benefits to Keystone Education Group as the Asia authority of study abroad with a unique model enabling accessible study abroad for the many, not the few. Edunation has been committed to revolutionizing international student recruitment, guided by a vision of creating pathways for students worldwide to access high-quality education opportunities in the Nordics.

“With Keystone, we will further elevate our services and offerings to students, educational institutions, and partners throughout the Nordics and beyond. We are excited to welcome more international talents to the happiest countries in the world. Together, we will make a true impact,” he said.

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Keystone Sports official partner of one of the world’s biggest youth soccer tournaments

Keystone Sports are delighted to announce a new partnership agreement. From this year ahead, Keystone Sports is an official partner of MICFootball – an international soccer tournament for young players. 

Since the first edition in 2001, the MICFootball tournament has become a worldwide acclaimed and beloved youth soccer tradition. Every Easter, more than 6500 players aged 12-19 and around 360 international top teams compete at various venues in Costa Brava, Spain.  

MICFootball does not only allow boys and girls to play and experience soccer in an international setting, but the tournament gives an exclusive glimpse of the future soccer stars. Messi and Ansu Fati are two great examples of today’s top players who competed in the MICFootball tournament in their early years.

Juanjo Rovira, the Director of MICFootball comments the new partnership with Keystone Sports: “Beyond our passion for football and sport, we are aware of the importance of giving tools to our players’ development. We feel that with this agreement we would be able to achieve our ambitions, offering different future windows to our youngsters”.

Soccer belongs to one of the biggest college sports in the US. As part of this new partnership, Keystone Sports offered 2023’s participating players an exclusive opportunity to get scouted during the tournament. In total, 267 pre-registered female and male players from 5 different continents got their soccer scholarship chances evaluated by the Keystone Sports’ experts.

Being an official partner of an international top soccer event like MICFootball is an excellent and strong addition to Keystone Sports as Europe’s leading sport placement brand: 

“We are excited to announce this new partnership with MICFootball as it strengthens our position in soccer sports scholarships in Europe, America and Asia. Thanks to this agreement, the possibility of studying in the USA with soccer scholarships will reach many more talented players and, therefore, will increase the competitiveness and quality of American university sports”, says Oriol Peiris, Head of Marketing at Keystone Sports.

Keystone Sports is a college sports recruiting division of Keystone Education Group, with a dedicated team of more than 85 professionals from 11 countries. With extensive experience and knowledge in the college sports field, Keystone Sports helps young athletes to combine college studies in the US with sport practice at the highest level. Over the years, Keystone Sports has raised $712 million in sports scholarships and supported more than 12.950 international students to pursue the dream of becoming a student athlete in the US.