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The role of online learning and glocal students in shaping university internationalization strategies

International branch campuses receive lot of media attention. Some of the recent endeavors from big brands like NYU Shanghai and Yale-NUS College, gives a perception that many more are building international branch campuses, however, they form a very small proportion of various models of engagement for university internationalization.
Consider the case of the UK, which have been promoting transnational education as a part of the national strategy, has less than 3% of all its TNE activity in branch campuses. Only ~17,500 of  ~600,000 students enrolled in an "overseas campus of a UK HEI." In addition, one out of five overseas students is studying for a UK degree through distance learning programs (Open University is the largest). This is also the learning model which is gaining a lot of buzz with technological innovation, MOOCS and competency-based learning.
In a recent presentation at the AIEA conference, the panel shared the opportunities and challenges presented by the use…

Data indicates potential decline in Chinese graduate student enrollment in Fall'2014

Number of Chinese students applying to graduate schools in the US are likely to decrease for the fall'2014 admissions cycle. In contrast, number of Indian students in graduate programs are expected to increase, as I mentioned in a recent story from the Chronicle of Higher Ed that the recent "increase in GRE-taking in India could be the result of 'pent-up demand'."
A press release by GRE indicates that the volume of GRE test-takers from India increased by more than 70 percent to cross 90,000 (please note, this is test-taker volume by location of test-taker. Previous analysis shows test-taker volume by country of citizenship). However, the press release is silent on China numbers, which had been the growth story for last few years, indicating a decline in GRE test-takers in China, as decline in numbers is not a "story".
In addition, the press release states that GRE volumes in Asia were up more than 35%. This means there were other markets that did not …

International education conference presentations: yes, it's busy and exciting!

2014 is off to a busy start, especially with the spring conference season. I begin with a presentation on Internationalization of Higher Education on February 14th at SOCHE ED (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education) in Dayton, OH.
On February 16th, I participate in a panel discussion at Harvard University on the topic of The Indian Higher Education System and its Challenges: Role of Online Learning and other Solutions.
Then, I will be chairing two sessions at AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators) Conference in Washington, DC: Wednesday, February 19, 11:00 am- 12:15 pm Scaling and Shaping Global Engagement Strategies in an Era of Technology Co-presenters: -Tim Gore is Director, Global Networks and Communities for the University of London International Programmes -Steve Ernst is Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at Excelsior College Monday, February 17, 4:45 pm- 6:00 pm Strategic Choices for Developing and Sustaining Institutional Partnerships