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AIEA Standards Define Competencies for Senior International Officers

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The Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) released Standards of Professional Practice for International Education Leaders and Senior International Officers. It provides an important framework and a language to express expectations of competencies from leaders responsible for sharing internationalization of higher education.

AIEA also uses the term Senior International Officers or SIOs "to describe individuals within an institution of higher education who are charged with leading and facilitating its internationalization efforts."

The document notes "It is hoped that the standards will help current SIOs identify gaps in practice they would like to fill; serve as a guide for aspiring SIOs as they gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to become SIOs; and help institutions and organizations appointing SIOs to craft position descriptions, and conduct searches."

The document outlines 22 standards across four major dimensions: 

Internati…

APAIE 2018: Call for Proposals on the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Higher Education in the Asia Pacific

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The 2018 Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) annual conference will take place in Singapore from 25-29 March, 2018. The Conference brings together practitioners and experts from across the globe to the Asia Pacific to network, improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. The 2017 conference in Taiwan attracted over 1,600 international education professionals from 45 Countries around the world.



"With the incredible pace of change showing no sign of abating, and the vibrancy and dynamism that typifies the Asia-Pacific, participation in APAIE 2018 is essential for everyone involved in international education," noted Professor Sarah Todd, President, APAIE and Vice President (Global), Griffith University.

"As institutions of higher learning continue their pursuit of preparing graduates to thrive in an ever increasingly VUCA - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous - world, we envisage APAIE 2018 serving…

Latest data and statistics on Indian higher education and new regulatory reform

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Could Indian government transform the future of Indian higher education with its latest reform proposal of bringing two leading regulators under one umbrella? In a recent update, the  the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry which is responsible for higher education has proposed a new body--Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA)--which will merge two leading regulatory bodies.

In its current regulatory structure, the two regulatory bodies--University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE)--are often at loggerheads in terms of their jurisdictions and approaches. UGC is primarily responsible for universities sector while AICTE is responsible for engineering and business colleges which are affiliated to universities.

They both have gone through their phases of confusion and corruption. For example there was a tussle between UGC and AICTE on who has power to regulate technical education (engineering and business) in India. Then …

NAFSA research on landscape of third-party pathway partnerships in the US

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A recent report released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators aims to understand the scope of third-party pathway partnerships in the context of the US higher education and the viewpoints of international educators on these partnerships. The purpose was to establish a baseline of evidence on an evolving partnership model with private providers for international student enrollment.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation was the principal investigator of this commissioned research project entitled Landscape of Third-Party Pathway Partnerships in the United States. He was also the principal investigator of NAFSA's previous research report--Bridging the Gap: Recruitment and Retention to Improve International Student Experiences.

Here is the related coverage:
New study explores US educators’ views on pathway partnerships, ICEF Monitor
US HE: quality concerns main reason for eschewing pathways, The PIE News
Perceptions of pathway programs, Inside Higher Ed
• Slides from NA…

New destinations compete to attract international students in times of anti-immigrant rhetoric in UK and US

The number of globally mobile international students doubled to reach 4 million between the period 1999 and 2013. Every third globally mobile student is enrolled in an American or British institution of higher education. However, with the Brexit and American Presidential elections, 2016 is likely to affect the choices of many international students and prompting them to consider alternative destinations.

In my keynote presentation, “Three Waves of International Student Mobility: Implications for Recruitment and Partnership Strategies,” at International Universities Networking Conference - IUNC Eurasia 2017 in Moscow, Russia, I highlighted that institutions are facing an environment of hyper-competition, uncertainty and declining resources for attracting international students.

In contrast to anti-immigrant narratives in the UK and the US, Ireland extended the option of staying back to 24 months for graduates at postgraduate and doctorate level and recognizing the importance of gaini…

Changing rationales for short-term education abroad programming by Anthony Ogden

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As U.S. education abroad enrollments have shifted in favor of short-term programming, so too has the broader rationale for why institutions are investing in education abroad initiatives. Whether the popularity of short-term programming is being driven by changing student interests and demands, or whether institutional leadership and increasing faculty engagement are dictating and guiding the direction of program development, the fundamental rationales for why short-term education abroad programs are being pursued and how they are developed are most certainly changing.  Because of these shifting interests, there are now arguably four broad rationales driving education abroad program development. 

1. Language acquisition and cultural knowledge
2. Intercultural competency development
3. Discipline specific learning
4. Experiential learning

For decades, institutions have leveraged education abroad programming with the goal to enhance student learning in the areas of language acquisitio…

NAFSA 2017: Presentation on pathway research and internationalization strategies

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Nearly 10,000 international education professionals will attend NAFSA’s 2017 Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles from May 28- June 2. The conference will offer 200+ sessions and 40+ workshops divided into various Knowledge Communities.

I will be participating in following two sessions. As a former member (Chair Stream 2014-2016) of the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC), I will also be attending the update meeting.




Results from NAFSA’s Research on Pathway Programs in the United States 
Tuesday, May 30, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
This session shares the results of NAFSA’s commissioned research on pathway programs in the United States, including the characteristics of institutions that partner with private providers and the perceptions of international educators regarding rationales and considerations for third-party pathway partnerships.
Learning Objectives:
Examine the results of NAFSA’s commissioned research.
Identify key reasons and consideration for or…

Accelerating campus internationalization with technology: Emerging trends and strategies

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I delivered the opening keynote session entitled “Accelerating Campus Internationalization with Technology: Emerging Trends and Strategies” at The Lewy Global Education Technology Forum at the School of International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Forum deliberated on the role of emerging technologies and innovation in helping higher education institutions to fulfill their educational mission in areas of learning, collaboration, inclusion, and administration.


The focus of my keynote was to encourage higher education institutions to leverage technology in expanding access and providing global learning experiences to their students.

As technology-enabled solutions become increasingly sophisticated, students are not only embracing this change; they are also expecting more from institutions. For example, MOOCs (massive open online courses) have gone from being revolutionary to redundant to now resurgent again with a varying degree of acceptance by academia. In contrast, the…

Brand awareness and feeder partnerships critical for success with international student recruitment: Global webinar

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Over 1,200 professionals from around the world registered to attend the global online discussion (webinar) on "International student mobility trends: Shifting recruitment priorities and strategies."   Around 37% of the registrants were from the USA, 12% from the United Kingdom, 6% from Canada and just over 45% from the rest of the world. Seventy percent of the professionals indicated that they have more than 10 years of working in higher education.

University World News, DrEducation and StudyPortals partnered to bring this webinar to a global audience. This webinar is the fourth in the series of webinars on international higher education organised by DrEducation with University World News. In total, over 4,000 people from around the world have registered for these webinars. Given below is the recording of the

Access the slides Related article - Brand is key challenge for international recruitment Related article - A perfect storm for international student mobility?


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Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a keynote speaker at Lewy Global Education Technology Forum @ SIT

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The Lewy Global Education Technology Forum at the School of International Training (SIT), Brattleboro, VT will bring together leaders in the field of education to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve our use of technology to teach, to collaborate, and to include a diversity of students, faculty, and staff in achieving our mission of education the next generation of global leaders.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha of DrEducation will be delivering a keynote on Tuesday, April 25 on "Accelerating Campus Internationalization with Technology: Emerging Trends and Strategies."

Here is the brief description:
As technology solutions become increasingly sophisticated and innovative, students are not only embracing this change, they are also expecting more. However, higher education institutions in general lag behind in technology innovation and student adoption. For example, MOOCs (massive open online courses) have gone from being revolutionary to redundant with varying degrees of accept…