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Indian higher education: Diverse special report

Diverse Magazine published a comprehensive special report on Indian Higher Education. Jamaal Abdul-Alim is the writer of this very insightful report. It covers a range of themes including access, affirmative action, technology and study abroad. This is a must read report for anyone interested in understanding deeper issues of higher education in India.

Jamaal also featured me in another story on higher education collaborations in India. The article is based on my presentation at AIEA conference in DC.

Related earlier postings on collaborations:
Foreign universities in India: Who's coming and why?
Three international partnership trends with Indian higher education institutions
Institutional partnerships: Developing shared interests with enabling structures

Dr. Rahul Choudaha

Emerging internationalization opportunities in Southeast Asia

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Growth of Southeast Asian economies present significant opportunities of engagement for international recruitment, collaborations and study abroad programs.

A recent report by Boston Consulting Group notes that six Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) will see nearly 100 million people entering the consumer class (annual income more than $5,000) by 2015 with consumer spending expanding by 12 percent annually. These six nations have enjoyed annual growth rates of 6 to 9 percent, although, on purchasing-power parity basis, per capita GDP in 2010 ranged from $3,150 in Vietnam to $45,170 in Singapore. This expanding consumer class will demand quality higher education and aspire for global experiences.

The establishment of ASEAN Economic Community in 2015 aims to transform the region into a common market with free flows of goods, services, investment and workers. Despite its several challenges, ASEAN is expected to see greater m…

Institutional partnerships: Developing shared interests with enabling structures

This week, I attended Asia Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE) annual conference in Bangkok. I co-presented on the topic of "Developing and Sustaining Institutional Partnerships."

I suggested that building sustainable partnerships requires very strong goal alignment between two partners. For example, in a joint/double-degree collaboration, if one partner's goal is reputation building (which comes from high selectivity of students; restricting expansion) while another partner's goal is revenue enhancement (which comes from lower selectivity; increasing expansion) then the partnership is clearly set for a disaster.

This also extends into identifying a match between right segments of the partners.  For example, if you are Harvard and seeking a partner in Malaysia then you need to identify Harvard of Malaysia; not University of Phoenix of Malaysia, as it would be a huge mismatch of not only goals but also approaches to achieve those goals.

In other …

DrEducation Blog Turns Three!

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Three years ago I started DrEducation.com  as an outlet to my thoughts and opinions on international higher education (It's 30 years in Internet years so, I will be thinking about  blog's reincarnation on sixth anniversary).

My first blog post Reputation@ISB = Innovation x Conviction on 1st April, 2009 seemed like an easy post to overcome writer's block. I had not only worked with ISB but also admired it immensely as an iconoclast.

I had been writing for higher education professionals and focusing on a data-driven, cross-functional perspectives on trends related to student mobility, collaborations, institution building, innovation, quality and policy issues.

As on March 2012, the blog received more than 18,000 pageviews/month which grew more than three times in a year from ~5,700 in April 2011.


I want to thank some of my fellow bloggers who were already blogging persuasively and persistently when I started. Their work inspired me to take up blogging as a channel to engage …