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Book on Indian Higher Education: Essays by Altbach, Edited by Agarwal

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A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education: Essays by Philip G Altbach is edited by Pawan Agarwal Adviser, Higher Education, Planning Commission of India. This is a compendium of 34 writings of Altbach on Indian higher education.

Altbach is synonymous with high impact, scholarly work in international higher education. However, what many may not know is that his scholarly connections started with his dissertation on student political activism in India. Specifically, his dissertation was entitled "Students, Politics, and Higher Education in a Developing
Society, The Case of Bombay, India."

This book brings together scholarly contributions of Altbach in shaping the future directions of Indian higher education.With more than 600 pages and seven sections, the book is a comprehensive collection of writings and even includes a section on "India and China-Comparative Analysis" which ends with an afterword: by Altbach highlighting "India's Higher Education Challeng…

Foreign Students Becoming Integral to Budgets of Universities

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International students and their dependents contributed $21.81 billion in 2011-12 to the U.S. economy, according to a NAFSA report. This contribution increased by 40% from pre-recession time contribution of $15.5 billion in 2007-08, indicating that international student mobility is recession-proof.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, a private university, enrolled largest number of foreign students in the US and received $289 million in tuition and fees from 9,269 students.


Contribution of foreign students to the US economy is growing due to two primary factors--1) larger number of students coming to the US and more importantly 2) more students enrolling at undergraduate level, where students are self-funded and hence financial aid outflow is limited.

As I mention in my previous blog, growth was led by just 108 "Research Universities" which enrolled nearly two-fifth of all international students in the US. In addition, 2/3rd of these research universities are…

Getting ready for the next wave of international student recruitment

International student recruitment enviornment is changing in terms of competition, policy framework and student profiles. In other words, push and pull variables of student mobility are transforming. In this context, US faces several challenge in recouping its lost share of globally mobile students. One approach in overcoming challenges and ensuring long-term success is to build competencies and capacites that adapt and respond to this new enviornment.

Given below is my article published in University World News

A recent commentary in University World News highlighted issues facing US higher education in sustaining international student growth rates. Although some of the concerns raised are relevant, they mask the latent strength in the scale, diversity and capacity of the American higher education system to become a more attractive player in the international student mobility arena.

The concept of international student recruitment in the US is a relatively new development. It gaine…

12 Things to Know about Asian Higher Education: ADB

Asian Development Bank posted 12 Things to Know in 2012: Higher Education on its website reasserting the issue of expansion of systems without preparedness to cope with quality and access. Here are the 12 issues and facts from ADB:
Over the last 20 years, higher education systems across Asia have experienced a sharply increased demand for access.Universities in many developing member countries suffer from inadequate infrastructure and weak instruction. Low quality is the greatest challenge facing higher educations systems across the region.Financial support for higher education dropped sharply in the 1990s and 2000s as the central development challenge of the era was to expand access to basic education.The World Bank has argued that sustainable poverty reduction will not be achieved without a renaissance in the higher education systems of developing countries.Countries that give individuals one additional year of education can boost productivity and raise economic output by 3% to 6% o…