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Mapping international student segments with recruitment channels

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International students seeking to attend an American higher education institution differ by academic preparedness and financial resources, and these differences impact their preferences and information-seeking behavior during college search, according to a new report from World Education Services (WES)--a New York-based non-profit with over 35 years of experience in international education research and credential evaluation.

The publication, Not All International Students Are the Same: Understanding Segments, Mapping Behavior, presents findings from a survey of international students in the process of applying to U.S. colleges and universities. The survey, which was administered from October 2011 to March 2012, received responses from nearly 1,600 prospective international students from 115 countries.

The report identified four distinct international student segments based on academic preparedness and financial resources: Strivers, Strugglers, Explorers and Highfliers.

Strivers form …

How many Indian and Chinese students go abroad every year?

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How many Indian and Chinese students go overseas to study every year? How many Indian and Chinese undergraduate students apply to US universities every year? What is the market size of Indian and Chinese student recruitment sector?

There are different estimates floating in the market as there is no authoritative data available to answer these questions. Most of the data available reports total enrollment (stock) and not annual new enrollment (flow). Global Education Digest reports total enrollment foreign students and not their annual outflow. Likewise, IIE Open Doors reports total enrollment in the US. So, we have to derive this number indirectly.

I have used NSF report (2010) for deriving my estimates, as it offers new enrollment in the U.S. by country and level.


Based on the calculations show in the table, it is estimated that
~31,400 Chinese and ~39,000 Indian students come to study in the U.S. every yearNumber of new Chinese undergraduate students is three-times that of Indian st…

Could the birth of MOOCs lead to death of international branch campuses?

Could MOOCs change higher education the way emails changed postal services? I believe so. In nearly two decades, emails have changed the economic structure of postal services. An article in the New York Times in 2005 argued Why the Internet Isn't the Death of the Post Office. Seven years, later, US Postal Services is in deep trouble and it is projecting a loss of $15 billion this year. Does that mean that postal services will vanish. No--postal services will co-exist with emails. Postal services have to redefine the cost-structures, including human resources which account for 80% of cost, to remain viable in this world of instant and free communication.

Likewise, MOOCS are challenging traditional higher education to redefine its cost structure. Of course, they pose no threat to to top quartile of competitive institutions which provide access to higher socioeconomic advancement, but the next tier of institutions will face a new world of fast-paced, technology-based competition, wh…

Degrees at any cost: The rise of international student visa frauds

Herguan University, is yet another unaccredited American institution which preyed on aspirations of many Indian students by offering them pathways to the US using forged documents. Herguan follows earlier cases of Tri Valley University and University of Norther Virginia.

According to US ICE, Jerry Wang, 34- year old CEO of Herguan University and the University of East-West Medicine is charged with "conspiracy to commit visa fraud; use of false documents; aggravated identity theft; and unauthorized access to government computers." Majority of 450 students at Herguan are from India. Any guess, how these students were recruited?

I believe that in addition to unscrupulous activities of some universities, agents play an important role in this process. Here is my related post from last year--"International recruitment agents: Playing with fire?"

Herguan is listed as one of the universities for HoneyWorld--a Hyderabad-based education agent. Interestingly, Herguan is liste…