Trends, insights and research to inform growth and innovation strategies in international higher education.

October 20, 2015

Trends Shaping Internationalization of Higher Education: Speaking at Teachers College, Columbia University

I will presenting at Teachers College, Columbia University on the topic of "Three Megatrends Transforming Internationalization of Higher Education: Implications for Research Agendas and Institutional Strategies." This is a free, interactive, public event.

internationalization transformation insights and keynote speaker
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Where: Milbank Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The event is hosted by Dr. Thomas P. Rock, Vice Provost for Enrollment Services at Teachers College and jointly sponsored by following offices of Teachers College, Columbia University:
-Higher & Postsecondary Education Program
-International & Comparative Education
-Office of Enrollment Services
-Office of International Affairs
-Office of International Services

Here is an overview of the session:
With more than 6,000 post-secondary institutions, American higher system commands global reputation and admiration, however, it is inequitable and unsustainable in terms of its internationalization strategies and outcomes. Internationalization activities are concentrated in few institutions and they are heavily dependent on few source and destination countries. For example, 100 American universities account for 1 in 2 international students and likewise, 1 in 2 American students going abroad. This imbalance is also evident in terms of where students come from and where they go. For example, 1 in 2 international students in the US comes from China, India and Korea and 1 in 3 American students go to UK, Italy and Spain.

How can more institutions become effective in their internationalization efforts? What research agenda can help make internationalization more equitable part of American higher education system? How can research better inform institutional strategies? The overarching purpose of this session is to share three megatrends that are shaping internationalization of higher education so that it can help researchers in defining future agendas and inform institutions in developing strategies.

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October 10, 2015

Research on International Student Success: Call For Contributions

Much has been researched on mobility of international students for meeting recruitment and enrollment goals of higher education institutions. However, corresponding discourse and evidence on campus experiences and how they contribute to success of international students is rather limited.

I have the privilege of serving as the editor of the special issue on International Student Success for the Journal of International Students, a peer-reviewed, quarterly publication founded and edited by Dr. Krishna Bista, Chase Endowed Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Submission deadline is June 15, 2016 and the issue will be released in November 2016. Email submissions/queries to me at
academic and career success of foreign students research

The aim of this special issue is to advance research agenda and improve institutional practices with an aim of helping international students succeed in their academic and career pursuits. Potential research themes are:
• What are the needs, experiences and expectations of international students?
• What are successful practices, programs and approaches to help international students succeed?
• What is the empirical evidence of impact of support services and how they can be improved?

This special issue invites two types of submissions from around the world:
1. Empirical studies from researchers/scholars/academics (3,500-4,500 words)
2. Commentary and analysis from experienced practitioners (1,000-1,500 words)
Related Resources:
Advising international Chinese students: Issues, strategies, and practices. NACADA . Retrieved from

Arthur, N., & Nunes, S. (2014).Should I stay or should I go home? Career guidance with international students. Handbook of career development, 587-606. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4614-9460-7_33

Bista, K., & Foster, C. (eds.). (2016). Campus support services, programs, and policies for international students. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Bista, K., & Foster, C. (eds.). (2016). Exploring the social and academic experiences of international students in higher education institutions. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Bista, K., & Foster, C. (eds.). (2016). Global perspectives and local challenges surrounding international student mobility. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Cantwell, B. (2015). Are international students cash cows? Journal of International Students, 5(4), 512-525.

Choudaha, R. & Schulmann, P. (2014). Bridging the gap: Recruitment and retention to improve international student experiences, NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Retrieved from

Crockett, S. A., & Hays, D. G. (2011). Understanding and responding to the career counseling needs of international college students on US campuses. Journal of College Counseling, 14(1), 65-79.

Shapiro, S., Farrelly, R., & Tomaš, Z. (2014). Fostering international student success in higher education. Alexandria, VA: TESOL.

Kenyon, M. A., & Rowan‐Kenyon, H. T. (2014). The globalization of career services. New Directions for Student Services, 148, 93-102.

Lane, J. E. (2013) How safe do international students view your campus?

Rhodes, G. (2014). What are the critical issues and challenges faced by international students on your campus?

Related Professional Associations:
Resources for Partnering with International Students, National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Supporting International Students and Scholars, NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Global Engagement Commission, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

The Commission for the Global Dimensions of Student Development, ACPA—College Student Educators International

International Education Knowledge Community, NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education

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October 05, 2015

OECD-Singapore conference on future of global higher education landscape

"The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures will explore forward-looking themes in the global higher education landscape. Plenary sessions and parallel discussions will focus on mapping and meeting future demand for higher education, the rise of higher education in Asia, challenges to traditional modes of education, and how higher education can stay relevant in the face of resource challenges. The Conference will bring together some 500 participants from over 40 countries, representing senior government officials, higher education administrators, academics and practitioners, for an engaging exchange of ideas and best practices."

glocal students in Transnational education and unbundling of education

There are four themes for the conference are:

  1. Mapping and meeting future demand for higher education; 
  2. The rise of higher education in Asia and the impact on the global landscape; 
  3. Technology, disruption and the 'unbundling' of higher education: challenges to traditional modes of education; and 
  4. Two sides of the same coin: resource challenges, the drive for quality and imperatives for relevance. 

I will be presenting under the track of "Technology, Disruption and the 'Unbundling' of Higher Education: Challenges to Traditional Modes of Education." This track will start with the plenary panel which will include Dr. Diana Oblinger, President Emerita, EDUCAUSE.

In specific, the theme of my parallel session is "Reinventing the 21st Century university: new models for the student consumer." Other co-presenters with me on the panel are Mr. Adam Tyson, Acting Director, Education and Innovation, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission and Dr. Dewayne Matthews, Vice-President of Strategy Development, Lumina Foundation.

Here is the description of the focus my presentation:
The Rise of 'Glocal' Students and New Models of Transnational Education 
Expanding consumer class in Asia is giving rise to a new segment of ‘glocal’ students who are willing to pay for a global educational experience while staying in their home country or region. ‘Glocals’ represent the emerging segment of students who seek transnational education (TNE) including international branch campuses, twinning arrangements, distance education and even experiment with the technology-enabled models of learning like MOOCs. This session will provide an overview of latest trends and research on unique characteristics of ‘glocal’ students and discuss its implications for the future of internationalisation through innovative transnational education models. 

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October 03, 2015

Mapping innovation opportunities in global higher education

Innovation in internationalization of higher education is low, according to a quick poll of 112 professionals attending a session at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) annual conference in Glasgow. When participants were asked "How would you rate innovation in internationalization at your institution?", 47% reported it to be Low, 12% as High and balance 41% as Medium. I recently chaired this opening session on Innovation in Internationalization of Higher Education for EAIE's International Relations Managers (IRM).
mapping internationalization strategies for universities
While innovation may seem like a buzzword, in 1934, Schumpeter defined five areas of innovation — product innovation, process innovation, market innovation, input innovation and organizational innovation. More recently innovation is defined as “the co-creation or collaborative recombination of practices that provide novel solutions for new or existing problems”

A recent Study on Innovation in Higher Education from European Commission (EC), defines innovation in the context of higher education as “[a] new or significantly improved product, process, organisational method or an organization itself developed by or having a significant impact on the activities of a higher education institution and/or other higher education stakeholders.”

The EC study has identified three major challenges for higher education which are increasing the importance of innovation-- pressures from globalization, changing supply of and demand for highered and changes in highered funding.

At the same time there are barriers to innovation, “…it is nearly impossible to optimize the effectiveness of either the research or teaching functions when they are as closely intertwined as they are in higher education today.” (Armstong, TIAA-CREF). At another level “The blockages for innovation can be found both at the institutional –level…and at national/regional. Regulatory frameworks are also a crucial potential blockage to some innovative practices.” (EC).

Given the importance of innovation and at the same time barriers to its adoption from the insiders, “innovation is taking place at a much faster rate at the fringes of the education system than at its core. It is getting accelerated by the energy of entrepreneurs, employers, investors and most importantly, new types of learners who are open to experiment.”

One way of conceptualizing innovation opportunities and challenges is the framework from MacCormack, et. al (2013) which can be thought of in terms of the level of familiarity an organization has both with the problems to be solved and the solutions required to solve them. I have adapted the innovation to the context of international higher education. For example, a "familiar need" of enrollment growth can be addressed by a "new capability" of online learning or an "familiar capability" of program development.

In an environment of increasing complexity, changing student demands and decreasing budgets, infusing innovation in internationalization can have far-reaching impact in differentiating and shaping the future of an institution. Forward-looking higher education institutions need to consider a range of innovative strategies and models that can advance global outreach and engagement.

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