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February 16, 2017

IUNC Conference Moscow features Dr. Rahul Choudaha as a keynote speaker on international student trends

The 6th Annual International Universities Networking Conference - IUNC Eurasia 2017 will take place from May 15-18, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. The conference attracts about 250 international higher education professionals from around the world with the goals of learning more about the opportunities of building partnerships for recruitment, research, and exchanges with universities from Russia & CIS. This year IUNC is also hosting a BRICS HigherEd Cooperation Forum that provides a platform for developing university partnerships among institutions from BRICS countries.

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Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation and interEDGE will be delivering an invited keynote session titled "Three Waves of International Student Mobility: Implications for Recruitment and Partnership Strategies." It will be based on his upcoming research publication "Three Waves of International Student Mobility (1999-2020)", Studies in Higher Education (SIHE), a highly respected journal with an impact factor of 1.22.

The conference includes following featured speakers:
  • Prof Da-Yung Wang, Ph.D., Chancellor, MingDao University, Taiwan
  • Mr. Jerke Verschoor, Director Netherlands Education Support Office, Nuffic Neso Russia  
  • Dr Suzanna Tomassi, Acting Deputy Director, Centre for Global Engagement, Coventry University, UK
Inbound and Outbound Mobility of Students for Russian Federation


Country of origin Destination country
Total number of mobile students hosted 213,347 Total number of mobile students abroad 54,923
Top-10 153,314 Top-10 36,954
Kazakhstan 49,252 Germany 9,953
Belarus 24,880 United States 5,203
Turkmenistan 15,662 Czechia 4,379
Uzbekistan 12,783 United Kingdom 3,933
Azerbaijan 12,680 France 3,599
Ukraine 12,043 Finland 2,799
Tajikistan 8,490 Italy 2,019
China 7,954 Belarus 1,953
Republic of Moldova 5,336 Ukraine 1,814
Armenia 4,234 Kyrgyzstan 1,302
Source: UNESCO Institute of Statistics (2016)
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February 14, 2017

APAIE Conference Taiwan: Sessions on international campuses, student mobility and global experiences

The 12th Annual Asia-Pacific Association of International Education (APAIE) Conference will take place from 20 – 23 March, 2017, in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Dr. Rahul Choudaha, and Di Hu will be chairing sessions on international student mobility, international branch campuses, and student success.

International Campuses: What Works, What Doesn’t?

International campuses (foreign branch campuses) are resource-intensive initiatives that indicate deep commitment to internationalization from an institution. However, sustaining and scaling these campuses is a complex process fraught with surprises and challenges. What are some of the pitfalls? What are the rewards? How institutional leaders create a shared vision and deliver effective results?This interactive panel discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities in the institution building process of international campuses with a focus on what works and what doesn’t.
  • Rahul Choudaha, co-founder, DrEducation
  • Tony Downes, Provost and CEO, University of Reading Malaysia
  • Jean Chen Dean, International Business School Suzhou, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Min Park, Dean of Administration, George Mason University, Korea

Investing in Student Success: Institutional Imperative for Attracting International Students

Recruiting international students is becoming an increasingly important strategic priority for many institutions in Asia. However, attracting international students and creating successful ambassadors requires delivering a superior educational experience by investing in student success. This requires not only a deep understanding of international students’ needs and expectations but delivering academic and career support services that engage them throughout their educational journey. This interactive panel will discuss good practices on effectively engaging international students and supporting their success.
  • Di Hu, co-founder, interEDGE
  • Jennifer Weinman, Executive Director, Global Student Experience, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Angela Pok, Vice President of Student Experience, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
  • Sangeet Jaura, Associate Vice President, Chitkara University, India

Pre-conference Workshop organized by DrEducation
Global Mobility Of Students From And To Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends, Evolving Strategies

Students from Asia-Pacific region form the majority of the globally mobile students heading to traditional western destinations. There continues to be a strong interest in attracting international students from Asia-Pacific. However, at the same time, many institutions in Asia-Pacific are keen on recruiting international students for full-time, degree programs and governments are interested in retaining global talent as future skilled workers. The competition for attracting international students is intensifying and requires a more strategic and informed approach. The overarching purpose of this interactive workshop is to examine the mobility patterns of international students from Asia-Pacific and identify institutional strategies of recruiting and supporting students.
  • Rahul Choudaha, co-founder, DrEducation
  • Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Alumni, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Tom Buckley, Director, Recruitment, Admissions and International Development, Lancaster University, UK
  • Govindan Nair, Director, International Office, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
  • Kuo-Wei Liu, Dean of International College and International Education, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
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Global Webinar Series on International Higher Education: DrEducation and University World News Partnership

DrEducation and University World News partnered to convene global webinar series. These online thought leadership events bring together global experts to discuss hot trends and issues related to international higher education and share their diverse perspectives and strategies.

Have a suggestion for a hot topic or issue for future discussions? Interested in exploring a partnership for reaching and engaging audience in a credible manner? Email us at info@DrEducation.

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"The content and panelists qualified to address the content were both relevant and high quality. The format packed much information into the allotted time, doing so in an efficient, respectful way." - Dr. Jeff King, Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning University of Central Oklahoma, USA

"It was well organised, with good presenters and an informed chair. The live polls sustained our interest and allowed us to take ownership of the content....I appreciated the presenters sharing individual experiences and perceptions that gradually connected to the webinar title." -Dr. N. Ari Naidoo, Centre for Professional Development, University of South Africa (UNISA)

"I would recommend the webinar, seeing it as a powerful, and yet easy-accessible (online) resource to connect globally and gain knowledge from multiple angles on the topic discussed. Direct engagement through polls and the chances to discuss them during the webinar makes a key strength of it." -Ana M. Mocanu, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge, UK

"I liked the technology and the ability to answer the polls. With 1100 participants, chats would have been impossible but polls helped to keep us engaged. Dr. Choudaha did an excellent job of moderating and picking out some good questions to be answered." -Dr. Sandra Russo, Director, Office for Global Research Engagement, University of Florida, USA

"For a general topic and broadly shared session, your excellent questions prompted the discussion that went (or alluded to work) beyond the journalistic depth that we sometimes see in these settings. Well done and thank you!" - Dr. Kara Godwin, Research Fellow & Independent Consultant, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE), Boston College


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Transformative leadership is broadly defined as a process of generating positive and lasting change. What would our university campuses look like if the transformative leadership were to become core fabric of the student life? How do we infuse transformative leadership into academic programmes and campus experiences? How do we measure and assess its impact on individuals, universities and societies? What is the role of university administrators and academics in modeling or leading the change we would like to see in our students and societies? Are universities willing and ready to bring a positive and lasting change as the crucibles of fostering transformative leadership skills within students?

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Online education and internationalization have been rising as strategic priorities for many university leaders around the world. While online experiments like MOOCs, badging, blended learning are still early in their evolution, few institutions have taken an innovative approach to finding a synergy between technological innovations and their application in global engagement strategies. And, of those who attempted to engage globally through technology have experienced several barriers related to cost, quality, recognition, and outcomes. This online discussion examined how university leaders are leveraging technology for advancing internationalization? How does technology fit in the overall global engagement strategy? What are the challenges and opportunities?

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Cross-border delivery of higher education is becoming a financial necessity for some institutions and a strategic differentiation for others. Transnational education (TNE) takes many forms ranging from joint-degrees and branch campuses to recent emergence of technology-enabled learning. While TNE has provided new opportunities for global engagement and expansion for many institutions, these models often come with challenges of quality. Is growth of TNE dependent on more flexible standards of quality? Or, are we stifling innovation in TNE by putting too many barriers for experimentation?

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February 12, 2017

Webinar recording and summary: Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?

University World News, The MasterCard Foundation, and DrEducation partnered to host a free webinar on the role of higher education in fostering transformative leadership.

This global webinar moderated by Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation and interEDGE.org, attracted over 1,100 registrations from around the world. The expert panel included:
  • Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK 
  • Lucia Lebasha, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Costa Rica
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South Africa
  • Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University, Ghana
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January 29, 2017

Impact of temporary ban on seven Muslim countries on international students

The overall impact of the recent ban on seven Muslim countries could be severe for enrollments at many higher education institutions. It will sharply drop the number of international students not only from these countries but other Muslim majority countries too like Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia were among top-15 places of origin sending international students in 2015/16, according to IIE.

Saudi Arabia, a key market for the US was already witnessing the drop in enrollment due to a cut in the Saudi government's scholarship program. The domino effect of this ban will further result in a precipitous decline of students from Saudi. Intensive English Programs and undergraduate programs are likely to suffer from enrollment decline in students from Saudi and Kuwait.

The ban will especially hurt graduate schools as a majority of the students from the seven banned countries and other Muslim countries like Turkey which were primarily enrolled in graduate level programs. According to SEVP data, in 2016, 70% of Iranian students were enrolled in doctoral-level programs (8,603/12,427).

enrollment and recruitment of international students from banned countries

2015/16 Undergrad Graduate Non-degree OPT Total
Saudi Arabia
33,952
13,210
12,630
1,495
61,287
Kuwait
6,810
803
2,000
159
9,772
Oman
2,172
191
465
28
2,856
Qatar
1,222
73
133
15
1,443
Turkey
   3,393
     5,125
       794
       1,379
        10,691


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January 28, 2017

Number of international students on Optional Practical Training in the USA: Analysis of data and trends

One of the leaked draft executive orders on Vox focuses on limiting legal immigration. It is entitled "Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs." Among its several provisions are the employment-based visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT). It states:
(iv) consider ways to make the process for allocating H-1B visas more efficient and ensure that beneficiaries  of the program are the best and the brightest;
(vii) propose for notice and comment a regulation that would reform practical training programs for foreign students to prevent the disadvantaging of U.S. students in the workforce, better protect U.S. and foreign workers affected by such programs, restore the integrity of student visa programs, ensure compliance, and improve monitoring of foreign students
Vox reports that this order could "...reverse Obama’s extension of the duration of Optional Practical Training work visas and decision to allow the spouses of H-1B guest workers to also have work permits."


Optional Practical Training for international students latest immigration policy change


Optional Practical Training is a highly attractive program for international students. It helps them gain work experience, enrich their educational learning, and recover a part of their investment in education. Employers gain by bringing in global talent and explore their skillsets before deciding future steps for an employment visa.

The standard duration of OPT is one year. On April 8, 2008, DHS approved a 17-month OPT extension for a student graduating with a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field. A new rule effective May 10, 2016, further extended 17-moht to 24-month for STEM degrees.

STEM OPT Extension is especially appealing to Indian students who are concentrated in master's programs in engineering and computer science. Data from SEVP indicates that in 2016, 83% of Indian students, 43% of Saudi Arabian students, 78% of Iranian students, and 40% of Chinese students are enrolled in STEM programs.

Here are some of the trends related to OPT during the eight years between 2007/08 and 2015/16. The academic year 2007/08 is selected to compare the enrollment trends prior to the approval of 17-month STEM Extension.

- In 2015/16, there were 90,732 more international students on OPT as compared to 2007/08
- In the eight years, the rate of growth of students on OPT was higher than growth in total enrollment
- Two out of every third international student on OPT is from China or India (2015/16)
- One out of every sixth Chinese student in the US is on OPT (2015/16)
- One out of every fourth Indian student in the US is on OPT (2015/16)

With only 20,000 H1-B visas allocated for international students graduating with advanced degrees from the US, a majority of the international students have to return to their home countries. OPT provides a critical experiential opportunity to complement the academic curriculum with practical skills.

OPT is one of the key differentiators in an increasingly competitive landscape of attracting international students from around the world. International students contributed US$ 32.8 billion to the US economy, according to NAFSA. Any policy which destabilizes the prospects of gaining work experience will hurt the American economy and higher education institutions.

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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January 23, 2017

AIEA 2017: Intercultural strategies for enhancing campus inclusion and student success

The 2017 AIEA Annual Conference focuses on the interplay between boundaries and connections in internationalization. Among the several challenges of an SIO is navigating departmental silos and managing competing priorities. In an era of resource constraints, many well-meaning institutions are struggling to support the inclusion and success of international students.




At the upcoming AIEA conference, Di Hu, will chair a session entitled "Intercultural Strategies for Enhancing Campus Inclusion and Student Success" on Wednesday, February 22 at 9:15am. This interactive session will bring together Senior International Officers--Amir Reza, Amy McNichols, and Torian L. Lee--to share their leadership perspectives and experiences from diverse institutional settings.

The session will engage the audience to discover and discuss intercultural programs with a focus on what works and what doesn’t. The panelists will share their institutional contexts how they are applying cost-effective, high-impact intercultural strategies to enhance intercultural competence for all student groups including international students.

Learning Objectives:
  • What is the role of intercultural competence in shaping student success and experience? 
  • What are the key strategies (programs/practices) in achieving optimal outcomes? 
Panel:
  • Di Hu (Chair) co-founder and principal coach of interEDGE.org 
  • Amir Reza, Ph.D., Vice Provost, International & Multicultural Education, Babson College Panelist 
  • Amy McNichols, Ph.D., Associate Dean, International and Intercultural Programs, McDaniel College
  • Torian L. Lee, J.D., Director, Center for Intercultural and International programs (CIIP), Xavier University of Louisiana

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January 22, 2017

Webinar: Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?

University World News, The MasterCard Foundation, and DrEducation partnered to host a free webinar on the role of higher education in fostering transformative leadership. It received over 1,100 registrations from around the world.


Role of higher education in shaping leaders for social transformation-DrEducation-UniversityWorldNews-Mastercard online global discussion


Are universities crucibles of transformative leadership?

Transformative leadership is broadly defined as a process of generating positive and lasting change. What would our university campuses look like if the transformative leadership were to become core fabric of the student life? How do we infuse transformative leadership into academic programmes and campus experiences? How do we measure and assess its impact on individuals, universities and societies? What is the role of university administrators and academics in modeling or leading the change we would like to see in our students and societies? Are universities willing and ready to bring a positive and lasting change as the crucibles of fostering transformative leadership skills within students?
  • Rahul Choudaha, (Moderator) Co-founder, DrEducation, LLC & interEDGE.org, USA 
  • Barbara Stocking, President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK 
  • Lucia Lebasha, MasterCard Foundation Scholar, Costa Rica
  • Fred Swaniker, Founder, African Leadership Academy, South Africa 
  • Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University, Ghana

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January 19, 2017

AIEA 2017: Aligning institutional strategies with emerging global trends

The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) is a professional association dedicated exclusively to senior leaders in the field of international education (senior international officers). The 2017 AIEA Annual Conference focuses on the interplay between boundaries and connections in internationalization.

scenarios and future trends impacting global engagement strategies



Dr. Rahul Choudaha will be chairing a session entitled "Getting Future Ready: Aligning Institutional Strategies with Emerging Trends" on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30pm. 

This interactive session will bring together leadership perspectives of Senior International Officers Dr. Cheryl Matherly and Dr. Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela on how they are preparing for the future and aligning their strategic plans with the emerging trends.

The confluence of cost pressures, demographics shifts, and technological forces is shaping the context of global higher education. Deardorff, de Wit and Heyl (2012) in “Bridges to the Future: The Global Landscape of International Higher Education” note “International higher education is at a turning point, and the concept of internationalization itself requires rethinking to take into account the emerging new world and higher education realignments” (p. 451). Senior International Officers are charged with developing internationalization strategic plans which are informed by key trends to help an institution achieve institutional goals.

Learning Objectives:
  • What are the key emerging trends of relevance for SIOs? 
  • How to inform strategic plans with these emerging trends?
Panel:
Dr. Rahul Choudaha, Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation (Chair)
Dr. Cheryl Matherly, Vice President and Vice Provost for International Affairs at Lehigh University
Dr. Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Vice-Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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January 15, 2017

Latest data on international students: Comparing US and UK enrollment trends

International student market in entering a phase of hyper-competition and turbulence. With the changing political contexts, the top two destinations for international students--US and UK--are experiencing challenges in maintaining their attractiveness.

At the institutional level, universities and colleges with the global brand recognition and rankings will face limited challenges while the majority of the institutions will struggle to recruit international students and meet their enrollment goals.

I have analyzed the data from HESA, UK and IIE, US for 2015-16 enrollment. Here are some of the inferences based on the comparative analysis of the international student mobility data:
  • American higher education institutions are more dependent on China and India as compared to British institutions 
  • US and UK have witnessed contrasting trends with at least four places of origin—India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Hong Kong 
  • The growth rate for Chinese students in the US far outstrips than in the UK 
  • Ten times as many Indian students are studying in the US as in the UK 

data comparing US UK China India international student enrollment recruitment trends

British universities rely heavily on international students for meeting its enrollment goals. The biggest challenge for British universities is that its top two source countries—China and India—are not driving the enrollment growth. These two countries account for over one-third of the total international student enrollment in the country. For the last four years, the overall enrollment for China has grown at a much slower pace (compared to the US), while India has been experiencing a consistent decline.

While the UK has an advantage over the US in attracting international students from Nigeria, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, it cannot underestimate the Indian market because of its scale and growth potential. UK faces stiff competition for Indian students against the US, which experienced a dramatic increase in the number of Indian students primarily in Engineering and Computer Science fields.

With Brexit, the post-graduation employment and immigration opportunities will become more restricted. It will likely hurt the enrollment for the master’s programs for non-EU international students and undergraduate programs for EU students.

The US higher education is also facing a tougher environment for attracting international students for fall 2017. Three of the four top source countries—China, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia—are witnessing a slower rate of growth. India was the only market among the top four countries, which witnessed a double-digit growth rate.

Indian students are value-seekers and hence they are concentrated in master’s programs, which offer a more likely work experience through three-year long STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT). However, with the recent demonetization of Indian currency and a perception of stricter immigration policies, Indian numbers are likely to be affected at the master’s programs.

In a globally competitive market of international student recruitment, the outcome of the American Presidential election seems like a saving grace for the UK universities. To some extent, the unfavorable perception of Brexit among international students has been “trumped” by the uncertainty of the American immigration policies and its implications on work opportunities.

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