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AIEA Conference 2012

More than 800 professionals attended 2012 AIEA annual conference in Washington, DC. AIEA primarily serves senior international officers (SIOs) who are mostly at the level of dean, director or provost.

I presented two sessions at AIEA--
1) Institutional collaborations with India: What works, what doesn’t? with
Dr. Nicole Ranganath, University of California
Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Symbiosis International University
Dr. Molly Maguire Teas, Department of State

2) Current Research in International Education with AIEA Editorial Board members (I serve on the Editorial Board):
Dr. Harvey Charles, Northern Arizona University
Dr. Elizabeth Brewer, Beloit College
Dr. Alice Gail Bier, Brooklyn College

I also attended an interesting session "The Agent Debate: Where the Discussion Over Using International Recruiters Stands, and Where It’s Going" moderated by Karin Fischer of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Other co-presenters were:
Dr. Fanta Aw, American University
Dr. Norm Peterso…

Are Student Recruitment Agents Creating More Dickinson Universities?

Dickinson State University is now the poster child of how some unscrupulous agents can bring down a University and threaten the reputation of a country's reputation. DSU awarded nearly 400 degrees to unqualified Chinese students as the University was found to be "seriously lacking controls and oversight", mostly due to use to agents which in turn led to misrepresentations and use of unofficial transcripts.

According to an internal review report by North Dakota University System a major issue was lack of requirement of using official academic documents. Students in collusion with agents were submitting their own versions of transcripts. The report notes "Transcripts are a basic excel spreadsheet where the student can enter any class or grade they desire. Some students have submitted transcripts from two different universities as either they just used the template and forgot to change the name or they simply copied another student’s transcript. These transcripts also …

Global Engineering Enrollment Trends

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Science and engineering education and research has been at the core of economic development and innovation. Recent report by National Science Foundation offers comprehensive and comparative information of international science and engineering education. Here are five interesting data points from the report:

Internationalization of public universities: Gaining momentum, overcoming challenges

State funding as a share of public universities’ budgets declined from 28 percent in 2001 to 19 percent in 2009, according to a recent NSF report. Another report noted that public funding for higher education in California was cut by $1.5 billion, or nearly 12% in 2011-12, to $9.7 billion from $11.2 billion.

Budget cuts at public institutions of higher education is not a news any more. However, the recession of 2008 accelerated the extent of cuts and created a state of urgency among many public institutions to find alternative sources of revenue.

This urgency is prompting many institutions to become more aggressive in recruiting international students. A recent article entitled Lure of Chinese Tuition Pushes Out Asian-Americans noted example of University of California, San Diego which saw 12-fold increase in Chinese freshmen in two years from 12 in 2009 to 200 in 2011.

In my recent article How does the rise of Asia influence international student mobility? published in University Wo…