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NAGAP: Innovative Strategies for Recruiting and Supporting International Students

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International graduate enrollment in Fall 2017 declined by 21,390 students. This translates into an estimated financial loss of $535 million in tuition loss. 
While many external changes are outside the control of university strategies, we must adopt innovative mindset and approaches to overcome constraints and achieve enrollment goals.
Vargo's defines innovation as “the co-creation or collaborative recombination of practices that provide novel solutions for new or existing problems.” 
Look forward to chairing a panel discussion at NAGAP, the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management annual conference in New Orleans with following panel of diverse institutional contexts: Timothy Council, Dean of Admissions at Claremont Graduate UniversitySimon Harley, Assistant Dean for Graduate Enrollment, Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, CUNY Michelle Vakman, Director of Graduate Admissions at New York Institute of Technology
- Rahul Choudaha

APAIE 2018: Global Higher Education and Fourth Industrial Revolution

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I am chairing two sessions at Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) annual conference in Singapore. Overarching theme of the conference is "The Impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Higher Education in the Asia Pacific."

"Innovation in Global Engagement: What Works, What Doesn’t"

Melissa Banks, Pro-Vice Chancellor, International at James Cook University Eric Bullard, Associate Vice President for International Programs and Global Engagement at California State University-Los Angeles 
"Preparing for a New World of Student Mobility with Technology"

Trine Sand International Director at University of Copenhagen Oliver Fortescue International Director at CQ University

- Rahul Choudaha

UPCEA Annual Conference Session on Internationalization Strategies and Emerging Growth Opportunities

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Future Ready: Aligning Internationalization Strategies With Emerging Growth Opportunities
As institutions prepare for the impending “unbundling” of higher education, they are rethinking and innovating their portfolio of degree programs to complement with non-degree, professional training, intensive English and blended learning. This is especially critical in an environment of increasing competition for talent, resources and reputation. The future of international higher education is likely to be accelerated by institutional strategies that leverage partnerships, technology and insights to meet shifting student demand. This interactive panel discussion will bring together leaders from diverse institutional contexts on how they are experimenting with new models, prioritizing their resources and aligning their strategies to maximize the potential of global growth opportunities.

Dr. Geraldine de Berly, Vice Provost, Continuing and Professional Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst…

Data Wise Strategies for Driving International Enrollment Impact: AIEA Session for SIOs

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I will be chairing a session entitled "Data Wise Strategies for SIOs: Driving Intl. Enrollment Impact" at the annual conference of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), the only association dedicated exclusively to senior leaders in the field of international education.


As the context of higher education institutions shifts towards increasing competition for global talent and resources, senior international officers are expected to differentiate their institutions and achieve enrollment goals through efficient and effective strategies. This interactive session will discuss comparative approaches of informing international recruitment, marketing and enrollment strategies on the foundations of data. Participants will gain an opportunity to assess the application of diverse strategies in their institutional contexts.

The session is scheduled for Wednesday the 21st at 9:15 am with two experienced presenters bringing diverse perspectives.
Brandon Boulte…

Envisioning pathways to 2030: Webinar and report on global higher education and international student mobility

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What are the megatrends shaping the world around us? How are these megatrends transforming the future of global higher education? What are the implications for the mobility of international students and global engagement strategies?

These are the questions addressed in an upcoming report, “Envisioning pathways to 2030: Megatrends shaping the future of global higher education and international student mobility”, published by Studyportals, the global study choice platform. The report synthesizes perspectives of higher education leaders, analyzes number of external shifts (megatrends), and presents a conceptual framework for institutions to reflect, assess, and design their strategies leading up to 2030.

Highlights of the report will be shared and discussed during a webinar (online panel discussion) with university presidents.
Dr. David Finegold, President, Chatham UniversityDr. Fernando León García, President, CETYS University SystemDr. Wendy M. Purcell FRSA, Harvard University & Em…

Business schools to accelerate global engagement with collaboration and innovation: AACSB Blog

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Here is an excerpt from my blog published on AACSB website- Rahul Choudaha. PhD.


In the last decade a lot has changed in terms of the economic, political, and technological context. However, organizations around the world have yet to adapt to the ensuing change of pace, according to Mercer’s 2017 Global Talent Trends Study. In fact, this study revealed that the majority (93 percent) of organizations worldwide are planning to redesign their structure in the next two years; yet only 4 percent of surveyed business executives say their organization is “change agile”—an indicator of organizational ability to efficiently and effectively adapt to change.

Business schools have a responsibility to produce graduates who are capable of making organizations adaptable. At the same time, graduates ought to show the capacity to build a globally connected and locally relevant society. Pankaj Ghemawat and Phillip Bastian assert in “(Anti)Globalization and Higher Education” that, “[i]n today's turb…

Webinar with university and college president on global engagement

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Studyportals hosted a webinar on "The Innovation Imperative for a Globally Relevant and Impactful University" with university and college presidents. This offers unique opportunity to learn from global higher education leaders. Access the video recording of this discussion.

Related articles:
Why universities must innovate in global engagement
Achieving a globally engaged campus in testing times

Related webinar:
• Envisioning pathways to 2030: Megatrends shaping the future of global higher education and international student mobility


The future directions of higher education indicate increasing competition for talent, resources and reputation. If innovation is defined as creating value within constraints, then higher education is in dire need of it. In specific, institutional leaders must prepare for the coming decade of disruptive models that will change the way we prioritize, design and implement global engagement strategies.

In this 60-minutes webinar, a panel of unive…

Presenting at CSHE, UC Berkeley on international student mobility in new political context

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I am honored to be presenting at an international conference celebrating 60th anniversary of the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. The event led by John Aubrey Douglass, co-editor of Envisioning the Asian New Flagship University - Its Past and Vital Future and CSHE Senior Research Fellow – Public Policy and Higher Education will take place on November 16 and 17.

The conference theme of "New Nationalism and Universities Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy and the Future of Higher Education" is set in the new political context which is altering various aspects of higher education including flow of global talent, institutional autonomy, and financial vitality of public universities. CSHE event will convene leading scholars and practitioners to reflect and analyze following questions comparatively, from sub-Sahara Africa, to Europe, South America, the US and Asia, and with reference to five interrelated “Policy Realms.”

Academic Freedom and Civil Libe…

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…