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May 26, 2016

Webinar on Transnational Education: Recording of the Online Discussion with Global Experts

A global discussion on "Transnational Education: Growth at the Expense of Quality" hosted by University World News--an online publication focused on global higher education--in partnership with DrEducation attracted more than 950 registered participants from across the international higher education scene.

• Rahul Choudaha, PhD, (Moderator), Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation
• Nigel Healey, PhD, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of College, Nottingham Trent University
• Jason E. Lane, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, State University of New York
• Elizabeth J. Stroble, PhD, President, Webster University
• Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, PhD, Deputy Head of Division and Senior Analyst, OECD


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May 18, 2016

NAFSA 2016 Denver Conference: A Milestone Conference

I will be attending NAFSA annual conference in Denver with my partner and co-founder, Di Hu, an expert in intercultural training and global program management. While I have delivered over 100 presentations at international education conferences, this is a special one for me on both personal and professional fronts.

I had some of the most important life changing experiences during my doctoral education at the University of Denver. Coming from India with engineering and business degrees, I socialized into a very different culture to pursue a PhD in Higher Education. It shaped my passion and commitment for international higher education and also shaped my interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.

Rahul Choudaha NAFSA Denver Pathway Hot Trends Insights Metrics on International Student Recruitment Enrollment

- At this conference I have the privilege to introduce Dr. Frank Tuitt, Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Denver. As my dissertation advisor at DU, Dr. Tuitt mentored, guided and prodded me to stay on course and have a fulfilling experience. He will be delivering an invited session on "Making Excellence Inclusive: Building Capacity for Institutional Transformation" on Tuesday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

- I have an opportunity to collaborate with two key connections from DU, who supported me with their advise at the critical junctures of my career. Michael Elliott, was director of ISSS and Marjorie Smith, was director of international admissions at DU. I am looking forward to co-presenting with both of them at this conference.

- This is also the third and final year of my engagement as the Chair-stream of NAFSA's International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC). IEL KC offers programming and networking opportunities for Senior International Officers. I had an opportunity of collaborating with and learning from an amazing group of professionals.

- I'm excited about the research we are pursuing for NAFSA on the "Landscape of Pathway Providers in the US." NAFSA commissioned the research to understand the characteristics of pathway partnerships, develop a definition and typology and understand the experiences and decision-making processes of institutional stakeholders. We will be discussing the findings of the Phase 1 and conducting focus groups for Phase 2 at Denver conference. Here are two opportunities of engaging in a discussion on research findings:
SoundstageThursday, June 02 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Room: CCC, Hall A, Soundstage Area
NAFSA PavilionTuesday, May 31 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Room: CCC, Hall A
Wednesday, June 01 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Room: CCC, Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Defining metrics helps institutions to track, monitor, and assess their international enrollment strategies from the lens of what matters most—student success. This session brings together experts from diverse institutional settings to discuss strategic approaches to defining and achieving metrics of international student success.
Co-presenters:
- Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean, University of Denver
- Michael Elliott, Director, International Student and Scholar Services, University At Albany-SUNY
- Andrew Disbury, Director, Leeds Beckett University, UK
Wednesday, June 01 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Room: CCC, 505-507
What are the 2016 strategic priorities for senior international officers (SIOs)? How are SIOs addressing them? This interactive session will share the findings of a survey conducted by NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and discuss the implications for SIOs in achieving their internationalization goals.
Co-presenters:
- Dlynn Williams, Department Head, Political Science and Int'l Affairs, University of North Georgia
- Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of Int'l Programs at the University of Iowa
- Dorothea Antonio, Senior Director, Internationalization Services, NAFSA

I look forward to connecting with fellow international educators in Denver and on Twitter.

-Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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May 07, 2016

Including International Students in Graduate Enrollment Management Approaches and Strategies

American graduate schools are increasingly dependent on international students for meeting their enrollment goals. It is critical to deepen the understanding of diverse needs and expectations of international students and strengthen collaboration across decentralized institutional silos. Supporting international student success across their education lifecycle must rise on the agenda of institutional priorities.

Here is the link to my Forbes article with Di Hu "Growth in International Graduate Enrollment Calls for Support Across Student Lifecycle"

Growth and Diversity of International Students- Enrollment Management Data and Trends for Strategic Planning


- Rahul Choudaha

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April 30, 2016

Keynote on Trends with Regionally Mobile 'Glocal' Students at IUNC Eurasia, Moscow 2016

IUNC (International Universities Networking Conference) Eurasia conference will take place in Moscow, Russia from May 11-13. It will be bring together international educators and service providers responsible for recruiting international students, building global partnerships and supporting internationalization activities.

Rahul Choudaha, DrEudcation to deliver keynote at IUNC Moscow conference on global higher education and international student mobility

I will be delivering a keynote presentation on the overarching theme of global higher education trends and in specific focus on "New Opportunities of Engaging Regionally Mobile 'Glocal' Students."

In my previous articles, I have conceptualized ‘Glocal’ students as an expanding segment of students who seek international education experience/credential while staying in the country or region.

More than 4 million students were enrolled in tertiary education outside their country of citizenship, according to OECD. Nearly 800,000 or every one out of five foreign student in OECD countries come from neighboring countries that share land or maritime borders. (Education at  Glance, OECD). These are 'glocal' students. With increasing demand for foreign education in emerging countries and new models of transnational education, the 'glocal' student segment will grow. Several countries have also been working towards creating regional education hubs. 'Glocal' students present promising opportunities of growth and engagement with many countries in Eurasia region.

Here are few examples of 'glocal' students:
- One out of five students studying wholly overseas for a UK degree through a distance learning program (HESA, UK)
- 70% of international students in Japan are from China, Korea and Vietnam
- More Malaysian students in branch campuses of UK universities (45,000) than those going to the UK (15,000)
-21% of all foreign students in OECD countries came from countries that share land or maritime borders
-11,825 Indian students pursued MBBS from China in 2012-2014 and appeared in test to practice in India

I look forward to IUNC

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha

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April 24, 2016

Transnational Education: A University World News Webinar in Partnership with DrEducation

Transnational and cross border education webinar chaired by Rahul Choudaha DrEducation


University World News will be hosting a free webinar in partnership with DrEducation, LLC on the theme of emerging trends and issues related to the growth and quality of transnational education.

To secure your participation, register for the webinar today by clicking the link below:


Tuesday, May 24, 2016 11am-12noon New York | 4pm-5pm London 

Transnational Education: Growth at the Expense of Quality? 

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?

• Rahul Choudaha, PhD, (Chair), Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation, LLC & interEDGE.org
• Nigel Healey, PhD, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of College, Nottingham Trent University
• Jason E. Lane, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, State University of New York
• Elizabeth J. Stroble, PhD, President, Webster University
• Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, PhD, Deputy Head of Division and Senior Analyst, OECD



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Keynote at Centennial College on the Role of Higher Education in Fostering Social Entrepreneurship

Keynote on international higher education and social entrepreneurship by Rahul Choudaha DrEducation
Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college. It is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Located in Toronto, it primarily serves the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses.

I am honored to deliver a keynote at the Social Innovation Summit on the role of higher education in empowering social entrepreneurship. Austin et al. (2006) in their article Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both? note that "the underlying drive for social entrepreneurship is to create social value, rather than personal and shareholder wealth."

I will be building on World Bank's definition of empowerment as “the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.”

Higher Education play a integral role of empowering social entrepreneurs through learning experiences--academic and experiential--which in turn helps students develop their capacities as future social entrepreneurs. Higher education also serves as an important connector of current and future talent and resources.

Look forward to the event.
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March 21, 2016

Presenting at NAGAP on supporting and engaging international graduate students through the lifecyle

A recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, "The Selling of the American MBA", noted that "the number of U.S. citizens taking the main business school entrance exam, the GMAT, dropped by a third from the 2010 to 2015 testing years, which run from July 1 to June 30, while the number of foreign nationals taking the test rose almost 19 percent, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council...International candidates accounted for 58 percent of the applicant pool at full-time MBA programs in the U.S. in 2015, according to GMAC."

Roger Martin, former dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management notes that "Ramping up international admissions is a temporary fix….And helping foreign graduates land well-paying jobs in the U.S., which is what most of them aspire to, may prove a big headache.”
This prime example from B-schools indicates widening gap between expectations and reality of jobs and internships among international students. In addition, to career, issues of acculturation and campus engagement are also becoming more prominent. Another story from the Wall Street Journal noted "Colleges need international students in part for the tuition revenue, but language and cultural barriers make assimilation a struggle." In a previous Forbes article, Di Hu, principal coach, interEDGE.org and I urged institutions to build programs and practices that break institutional silos to improve international student experiences.


I have the honor of chairing a session at NAGAP, The Association for Graduate Enrollment Management, Annual Conference in Nashville, TN to discuss the emerging issues and best practices related to international student success from the perspective of Graduate Enrollment Management (GEM). NAGAP defines GEM as "a systematic approach to managing the graduate student lifecycle from initial awareness to alumna/alumnus by integrating the core functions associated with the enrollment and support of a graduate student." The session will bring diverse institutional perspectives on how to balance current focus on input metrics (increasing numbers) to outcomes (ensuring success) through the student lifecycle. The panel comprises of the following experienced professionals:

- Thomas P. Rock, EdD
Vice Provost for Enrollment Services 
Teachers College, Columbia University

- Jewell G. Winn, EdD
Executive Director for International Programs and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer
Tennessee State University

- Dan Chatham
Director of Graduate Programs
University of California, Riverside

The session is scheduled for Thursday, April 14th from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. Look forward to session and I will be tweeting from the conference @DrEducationBlog.

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March 18, 2016

New Book-International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners Edited by Bernhard Streitwieser and Anthony C. Ogden

"International Higher Education's Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging Research and Practice" published by Symposium Books brings to attention the importance of aligning research and practice in international higher education. The book editors are Bernhard Streitwieser and Anthony C. Ogden, two experienced international educators who pulled together leading "scholar-practitioners" from around the world to realize this pertinent publication. Despite their kind invitation to contribute, I missed the opportunity to be part of this book. However, I had the privilege to collaborate with the editors in different capacities. Berhanrd and I co-authored a piece on assessing the impact of internationalization. I also contributed a chapter on the future of global student mobility with Hans De Wit for Bernhard's previous book. Tony and I served together on the Editorial Committee of AIEA. Here are the perspectives from the editors on the context, need and flow of the book. They were also interviewed on FreshEd podcast.
- Rahul Choudaha


Q. What gap in the field of international higher education this book aims to address?
​This book was driven by an observation that nagged at us for years and we felt needed to finally be written about and put into the open for public discussion. When we looked closely at international education activity, two distinct categories seemed to exist: those who ‘do it’ and those who ‘study it’ – the practitioners and the scholars. Practitioners we felt were viewed as those who facilitate international education activity by managing all the details necessary for ensuring successful mobility and exchange for students and staff, whereas scholars were viewed as those who study the phenomenon and publish research on its meaning and impact but are removed from daily practice. These two groups were given distinct names as if they operated in completely distinct orbits, but we felt that dichotomy was overly simplistic and false and excluded the growing number of hybrid scholar-practitioners or practitioner-scholars—either order is fine—who we see routinely and actively engaging in both kinds of activities. We believed that the idea of the professional who spans both research and practice had for too long been largely overlooked by the academic and administrative structures governing U.S. higher education. We believe that in international higher education activity today there are many who by the very nature of their engagement clearly bridge both areas. It is therefore these bridge builders, these Scholar-Practitioners (SP), that this book set out to explore and profile. In inviting thought pieces and essays from a wide range of commentators in our field, we set out to create an academic, intellectual, and widely broad analysis of the SP as he or she is seen in our field and profession. We think that higher education administrators, researchers, faculty, teachers, policy makers, graduate students, and observers of international higher education will all find this book to be useful in furthering their exposure to pertinent topics and positions related to the internationalization of higher education and the advancement of both the field and the profession of international higher education.

Q. What are the primary objectives of the book?
With this book we wanted to tackle two main goals: first, to open a much-needed dialogue exploring the notion of the SP in international higher education; and second, to create a publication that would support and guide those new to this profession/field and for the growing number of graduate students seeking careers in international education. The intellectual discussions in each chapter take different approaches to exploring the meaning of the SP, while the final chapter shares each contributor’s unique personal story and professional pathway to becoming a scholar-practitioner. We chose to structure the book this way with the hope of inspiring both our peers and our students to appreciate the many different international educator profiles and realize how urgent broad thinking and the liberal utilization of a wide skill set has become. An added message of the book is to caution against international education graduate programs facilitating a linear approach to work in our field and profession. Rather than seeing students enter and leave a program with an unchallenged, single-minded focus, we hope the collective intellectual arguments and personal essays presented in the book will inspire all of us to realize our full potential to work broadly in the field and to utilize our wide skill set to enhance the profession.

Q. Please share how the book is organized and what are some of the highlights?
The book is divided into four major sections. Following a Foreword by Hans de Wit that lays out the broad mandate to engage in an exploration of the notion of the SP, the first section of the book includes chapters that introduce the SP in international higher education in historical and present day perspective. These chapters provide a definition of the SP relevant to international higher education (by Bernhard Streitwieser and Anthony Ogden); then an exploration of the dichotomy of the terms “practitioner” and “scholar” and an argument for a new action agenda (by John Hudzik); then a historical overview highlighting the most notable SPs of international education (by John Heyl), and a chapter identifying where SPs had a significant impact on the field over time (by David Comp). The second section of the book provides context-specific chapters related to the scholar-practitioner in the profession of international education. The section includes perspectives of a senior International Officer (Donna Scarboro), managers of ISSS offices (David Austell), large and small Study Abroad offices (Mandy Reinig) and program curriculum developers (Lou Berends and Giselda Boudin), those working in community colleges focused on internationalization (Rosalind Raby), and a view from the professional associations (Brian Whalen of the Forum on Education Abroad). The third section of the book includes personal essays and narratives intimately related to the role of the SP in advancing international education scholarship and practice in a variety of different settings, and include essays from Bruce La Brack, Elizabeth Brewer, Richard Slimbach, Michael Woolf, Gregory Light, and Jane Edwards. The final section of the book consists of instructional chapters that are related to the education and training of scholar-practitioners in relation to the future of international higher education and include essays by Darla Deardorff, Taylor Woodman and Katherine Punteney, Tamar Breslauer of NAFSA, and Fiona Hunter and Laura Rumbley. The book ends with a  collection of short personal narratives that share the diverse pathways each contributor has taken to becoming an SP of international higher education in his or her own right  today.

Bernhard Streitwieser is Assistant Professor of International Education at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Streitwieser earned his PhD in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, his MS in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, and his BA in International Relations and Minor in Spanish from the University of Virginia. He most recently published Internationalisation of Higher Education and Global Mobility in the Oxford Studies in Comparative Education Series with Symposium Books (2014).



Anthony C. Ogden is currently the executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges and an adjunct assistant professor in Educational Policy and Evaluation Studies at the University of Kentucky. From May, he will move to Michigan State University, where he will direct one of the largest education abroad programs in the country. Dr. Ogden earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College, master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management at the SIT Graduate Institute, and his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education. Ogden is a career international educator with numerous publications in the area of U.S. education abroad.
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February 27, 2016

Presenting at 2016 NASPA Annual Conference

NASPA is the leading professional association of 15,000 members focused on student affairs. The 2016 NASPA Annual Conference will take place from March 12-16 in Indianapolis. It is expected that the conference will attract over 5,000 professionals. The 2016 theme is focuses on the role of student affairs in "working across functional boundaries to assure the continued well-being of students, adapt to new regulations, and react to crises and the increasing scrutiny higher education is facing."

The conference also features NASPA International Symposium to "foster professional collaboration and exchange among an international community of practitioners and researchers in the field of student affairs and services.

In addition to the Symposium, the main conference will include several sessions on international education theme. For example:
- Beyond Orientation: Creating Connections to Help International Students Transition to Campus
- Applying Comparative/International Education Methods to Student Affairs Research and Practice"
- Examining Writing Challenges Faced by International Students

I will be chairing a session on "Metrics of International Student Success: From Inputs to Outcomes" on Monday, March 14 from 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM in Meeting Room 245. Here is the abstract:

In times of increasing fiscal and competitive pressures, there is an unsustainable emphasis on increasing number of international students. However, institutions need to balance current focus on input metrics (increasing numbers) to outcomes (ensuring success) through the student lifecycle. This will require a collaborative, proactive and long-term approach that invests in student success. This interactive session will discuss experiences and strategies in achieving international student success.

The co-presenters are:
- Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo, Dean for Students at Pace University
- Xavier Romano, Vice President for Student Services at Eastern Oregon University
- Thomas P. Rock is Vice Provost for Enrollment Services at Teachers College, Columbia University.

I will be tweeting from the conference using #NASPA16 and #intlsymp16

Look forward to Indianapolis!

- Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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February 17, 2016

Presenting at 2016 AIEA Annual Conference

Innovation in global engagement session by Rahul Choudaha at AIEA 2016
2016 AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Annual Conference in Montreal will be attended by over 700 participants from over 30 countries. The conference is mostly attended by institutional leaders (Senior International Officers) who are engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education.

I will be chairing two sessions at the conferences:

Tuesday,02/23 10:45am-12noon
Innovation in Global Engagement: What Works, What Doesn’t (Roundtable)
Innovation is defined as a process of creating value within constraints. In an environment of increasing complexity and change, infusing innovation in internationalization can help differentiate and shape the future of a university. This interactive session aims to discuss a range of innovative strategies and models that advance global engagement with a focus on what works and what doesn’t. • Jeffrey Riedinger is Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington. He previously served as Dean of International Studies and Programs and faculty member at Michigan State University. Dr. Riedinger earned a Juris Doctorate from UW School of Law as well as master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.

Wednesday, 02/24 9:15am-10:30am
Metrics of International Student Success (Panel presentation)
Defining metrics helps institutional leaders to track, monitor and assess their international enrollment strategies from the lens of what matters most—student success. There is a need to shift metrics from the current focus on inputs (increasing the numbers) to outcomes (ensuring the success).This interactive session brings together expert panelists to discuss how they define metrics of international student success and how they achieve them in line with the larger goals of campus internationalization.
• David L. Di Maria is Associate Provost for International Programs at Montana State University. He earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Di Maria is a 2015-2016 AIEA Presidential Fellow and the 2016 chair of NAFSA’s International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community. He regularly presents and publishes on critical issues and trends impacting international higher education.
• Kathleen Massey, University Registrar and Executive Director (Enrolment Services), McGill University Kathleen Massey is the University Registrar and Executive Director of Enrolment Services at McGill University. Massey has held leadership positions in the Association of Registrars and the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC). She is currently the Chair of the national ARUCC Groningen and Study Mobility Task Force in Canada. She is a proud leader of the award-winning Enrolment Services team at McGill. Massey earned an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

The conference program includes many interesting and insightful sessions. I will be tweeting about the session @DrEducationBlog #AIEA2016.

Look forward to an engaging conference.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha
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