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Indian higher education institutions aspire to recruit more international students

Here is an excerpt from my article published in The Economic Times based on a panel presentation at 2016 FICCI Higher Education Summit.

India is the second largest source of internationally mobile students around the world. According to the UNESCO data, in 2015, nearly 234,000 Indian students were enrolled in universities and colleges abroad. In contrast, Indian universities and colleges hosted nearly 39,000 degree-seeking international students.

The Government of India is keen on enhancing the attractiveness of India as a destination for international students. At the same time, some Indian institutions are keen on making use of the 15% additional seats available to them for enrolling foreign students.

However, India faces increasing competition as many other destinations have already been active in creating government policies and institutional capacities for attracting global talent. For example, in 2015, Malaysia and China hosted more than 60,000 and 123,000 degree-seeking interna…

Demonetization of Indian currency and its impact on mobility and enrollment of Indian students in 2017

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What will be the impact of demonetization of Indian currency on Indian students planning to study abroad in 2017? Here is an excerpt of the article published in Forbes by Rahul Choudaha and Di Hu. 
On November 8, the Prime Minster of Indian announced a demonetization policy which made 86% of the currency in circulation invalid as a legal tender. With the application deadlines for most institutions ranging from November to February, the timing of demonetization could not have been worse as many were still making sense of the implications of the recent Presidential elections.

Student visa processes require showing proof of availability of funds for the first year of tuition and living expenses. Given that total annual expenses can range from US$ 30,000 to US$ 70,000, many Indian students were using short-term borrowing for visa approvals and education abroad.

Clearly, in this context demonetization is likely to affect the willingness and ability of Indian students to study abroad, howev…

Commentary and media mentions on Trump and international education

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American universities and colleges face many uncertainties under Trump’ Presidency including the future of the internationalization of higher education. Will universities and colleges become more globally engaged? Will universities and colleges be successful in attracting more international students? Will American students get resources and support to engage in more education abroad experiences?


I have published two commentary pieces and my perspectives have been mentioned in 20 publications including The New York Times, Inside Higher Ed, and Slate.

Times Higher Ed: The politics of the UK and the US will not be welcomed by international students In sum, the sociopolitical environment in the countries that are the leading destinations for international students has dramatically changed. In this turbulent environment, upholding the values of international education and student mobility is more important than ever.University World News: International educators build bridges, not walls Ove…

Data on mobility of international students to and from India

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How many Indian students go to study abroad every year? How many international students come to study in Indian universities and colleges?
It is often reported in media that somewhere between 200,000 -400,000 Indian students go abroad every year. It is incorrect due to misinterpretation of the data. The UNESCO Institute of Statistics reports enrollment data on degree-seeking internationally mobile students.

According to the last data available for 2014, nearly 234,00 Indian students were enrolled in different parts of the world. Here enrollment refers to students in various stages of their educational program and not just the first year students (new enrollment). Assuming that majority of the Indian students are pursuing two-year master's program, the total number of students going abroad every year will be around 100,000.

Most of the international students studying in Indian universities and colleges come from the neighboring countries inAsia and the Middle East. Given that India…

Making India as a destination of choice for international students: Institutional strategies and best practices

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12th FICCI HIGHER EDUCATION SUMMIT will take place from November 10-12, 2016 in Delhi. The overarching theme of the conference is opportunities and challenges for attracting foreign students to India.

I will be participating in a session "Making 'Learn in India' Happen!" which will deliberate on making India the preferred choice of study for the international students. The panel comprises of following speakers:

Dr Rahul Choudaha, CEO, DrEducation, USA Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities (AIU) Mr Rakesh Ranjan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) Mr Daniel C. Stoll, Associate Dean, Georgetown University Dr G Vishwanathan, Chancellor, VITDr Vidya Yeravdekar, Vice Chancellor, Symbiosis University 
I will focus three critical success factors for institutions:

Understanding diverse segments of international students Investing in international student experience Developing a profession on international education …

Research on international student success: Principal Researcher of DrEducation serves as the special issues editor

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The Journal of International Students has released a special issue on International Student Success featuring a selection of research articles and commentaries to enhance institutional readiness for supporting and advancing the success of international students.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher, DrEducation served as the guest editor of the special issue. Dr. Krishna Bista, Chase Endowed Professor of Education, University of Louisiana at Monroe, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal.


The aim of this special issue is to advance the research agenda about the needs, experiences, and expectations of international students so that research can help build institutional readiness for supporting academic and career pursuits of international students.

This special issue includes a collection of 18 articles from 32 authors. They address several research concerns related to international student success including leadership self-efficacy, writing proficiency, mentorship, retention, stude…

AIEC conference invited session: International student mobility trends and implications for institutional strategies

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I was invited to speak at the recent Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Melbourne. More than 1,500 international education professionals from around the world convened at the conference.

One of the key messages of my session on “Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility” was that the number of students seeking global educational experiences will continue to increase. However, sustainable growth will require a deeper understanding of shifting profiles, needs, and expectations of international students.



International students take their global experiences and educational credentials as a pathway to advancing their career and improving their life. Moreover, career and employability outcomes in the host country through immigration or on return to home country are among the most important motivations to study abroad.

Several sessions at AIEC conference suggest that Australia has already recognized the value of career outcomes for internation…

Global Leaders Series: Chris Rudd, Provost, University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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DrEducation Global Leaders Series: Interview with Professor Chris Rudd

Professor Christopher D. Rudd is currently University of Nottingham’s longest serving Pro-Vice-Chancellor – a position he has held since 2008. In August 2015 he accepted the role of Provost at University of Nottingham Ningbo China and is currently based in China where he oversees the growth and development of China’s first and most successful Sino-Foreign University. Chris is Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has been a Board Member of the China Britain Business Council since 2010 and chairs the Nottingham Confucius Institute. Chris was awarded the Changbaishan Friendship Award by the Chinese Government in 2013. He was awarded the 48 Group Club Icebreaker Laureate prize for services to Sino-UK relations by HE Liu Xiaoming Chinese Ambassador to UK and won the Model Confucius Institute Award presented by Vice-Premier LIU Yandong in 2015. 


Rahul- How has the broad notion of leadership in higher education diffe…

How many students from India, China and Korea study in the US for business and management programs?

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One out of every five international students in the U.S. is enrolled in Business/Management programs. The number of international students in undergraduate (associate's and bachelor's) and graduate (master's and doctoral) programs increased by 36% from 145,514 in 2009/10 to 197,258 in 2014/15, according to IIE Open Doors data. This data indicates total enrollment across the duration of the programs and not annual new intake.
The share of top-3 countries of origin--China, India, and S. Korea--among all international students in Business/Management programs grew from 41% (59,329) to 53% (105,429). This growth was driven by China which grew by 160% in contrast to 11% and 13% decline for India and S. Korea.
The majority of the Indian students are in master's-level programs. Many are also in specialized master's programs like MS in Management and not an MBA. Based on the total enrollment of about 16,000 students in 2014/15, I would estimate that annual intake of new MB…

FICCI HES: Opportunities for global engagement with Indian higher education

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FICCI Higher Education Summit 2016 will take place from November 10-12, 2016 in New Delhi. Since starting in 2004, the conference has grown in scale and engagement opportunities. More than 1000 national and international delegates including Indian and foreign University Presidents, Vice Chancellors and Deans are expected to participate. The conference discusses trends, policies and strategies related to Indian higher education and opportunities for international engagement.

DrEducation is pleased to join the summit as the international outreach partner. Dr. Rahul Choudaha, will be participating on the panel on policies and strategies for attracting international students to India. Here are the select articles and blogs on India.

Webinar resources: The future of online higher education and global engagement

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How likely it is that by 2020 “degrees will be disaggregated into smaller credential units… with the possibility that the credentialing entity may be different from the institution that offers the course”? The majority (68%) of the webinar participants responding to a poll question based on MIT’s Future of Education report expect it to be a "likely" or "very likely" scenario of higher education.


The online discussion was second in the series of online thought leadership discussions hosted by University World News and DrEducation. The online discussion on the theme of "Embracing Technology for Global Engagement: A Leadership Challenge and Opportunity" attracted nearly 700 registrations from around the world.

Access the webinar recording below
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The webinar moderated by Dr. Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher & CEO, DrEducation included following expert panel:
Gi…

Book: Six Steps to Success for International Students: Starting with Strengths and Opportunities

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Here is the summary of the recent book "From Departing to Achieving: Keys to Success for International Students in U.S. Colleges and Universities" by Ye He, Bryant L. Hutson, Michael J. Elliott and Jennifer L. Bloom. The book provides a strengths-based approach for international students to achieve their goals. 

Inevitably, international students experience a lot of differences as they embark on their academic journey in the United States. These differences may range from cultural norms, languages and dialects, to food, transportation, and daily routines. Many perceive these differences as gapsin knowledge or skills that need to be filled. International students often try to learn as quickly as possible from readings, peers, mentors, and advisors, but they may still feel like they are constantly playing the catch up game and can never be just like their American peers.

In the recent book titled “From Departing to Achieving: Keys to Success for International Students in U.S. …

Enrollment of international students in US universities and colleges up by 67 percent since 2001/02

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The data shows that between 2001/02 and 2014/15, the number of international students in the U.S. universities and colleges increased by 67% to reach nearly 975,000 students. This shows the post-9/11 resilience of the U.S. higher education institutions among international students.

Here are some of the highlights of the growth:

Five places of origin–China, India, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Vietnam–experienced a growth of over 100 percent. Only two places of origin–Taiwan and Japan–experienced a decline in enrollment. Top 10 places of origin for 2014/15 added 376,382 more international students as compared to 2001/02. 


The growth in international student enrollment was led by highly-ranked institutions which were already attracting a large number of international students. Here are the highlights:

Three universities–Arizona State University, Northeastern University and the University of California, Los Angeles–expanded international enrollment by over 200 percent.The University of Sout…

Online live webinar on leveraging technology for internationalization strategies

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DrEducation is pleased to partner with University World News to host a free webinar on “Embracing Technology for Global Engagement: A Leadership Challenge and Opportunity.” The live online webinar will take place on October 4, 2016 from 11am-12noon EDT or 4pm-5pm BST.

University World News is a leading online publication of news and analysis on global higher education. This webinar follows the success of the first online event on “Transnational Education: Growth at the Expense of Quality?” which received nearly 1,000 registrations.



Online education and internationalization have been rising as strategic priorities for many university leaders around the world. While online experiments like MOOCs, badging, blended learning are still early in their evolution, few institutions have taken an innovative approach to finding a synergy between technological innovations and their application in global engagement strategies. And, of those who attempted to engage globally through technology have ex…

Forbes: Data on enrollment and revenue growth trends at public research universities (Big Ten)

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How has enrollment, tuition, and revenue at Big Ten Public universities changed between 2007/08 and 2014/15? Data on international student enrollment shows that these leading universities have experienced a much faster rate of growth as compared to the national average. Given the high rankings and extensive history, these universities have a strong brand recognition among international students. Post-recession, while Big Ten universities have increased non-resident tuition they have managed to continue to attract international students. Is this growth sustainable?



Here is an interactive chart showing actual undergraduate tuition and international student enrollment for 2007/08 and 2014/15. (Tip: click drop-down under "size" to see the bubble sizes proportionate to revenue). This analysis is based on our recent "Big Ten Universities Become Bigger with International Students" article published in Forbes.





The number of international students in the U.S. universities a…

Interview with British Council's Education Intelligence

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Here is the link to my interview with British Council's Education Intelligence. 
British Council's Education Intelligence publishes Macro Trends Analysis like "Postgraduate student mobility trends to 2024" and a range of Research Reports which provide deeper insights on trends with countries, insights, and students. 
- Rahul

Plenary on global citizenship and student success at BUILA, UK Conference

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I will be presenting a plenary with Erich Dietrich, Assistant Vice President of Global Programs & Associate Dean of Global Affairs, New York University at The British Universities' International Liaison Association (BUILA), a membership organisation of 139 the UK higher education institutions and over 2,000 international recruitment and promotion professionals.
The overall theme of the conference is ‘A brave new world?’ will look at the competitiveness of strategies of British higher education institutions on a range of dimensions including rankings, recruitment, marking, study abroad and international partnerships. It is especially an interesting timing with Brexit which has a strong anti-immigration and anti-globalization rationales.

Larry Elliott, Guardian's economics editor noted that "Brexit is a rejection of globalisation...The EU has failed to protect its population from a global economic model that many believe is not working for them." Alan Ruby in his o…

What will be the impact of Brexit on international student mobility?

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The impact of Brexit on the global student mobility is going to be far reaching. With nearly 10% market share of globally mobile students, the United Kingdom is the second largest destination for international students. British higher education institutions enrolled 436,585 students in 2014. These international students formed nearly one out of every six student enrolled in the UK.

One of the prime reason for the growth in international student enrollment had been the mobility within Europe. In addition to quality, proximity, lower of cost education for EU students and common European Higher Education Area supported the growth of EU students which formed 29% of all international students in the UK. EU students were more likely to enroll in undergraduate degree programs.

Non-EU countries form 71% of international students. In last few years, the numbers of international students from non-EU countries have been stagnating on declining. For example, the number of Indian students coming t…

NAFSA webinar: Co-presenting on key considerations and strategies for pathway programs

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NAFSA: Association of International Educators will be hosting live e-Learning Seminar "Pathway Programs: Key Considerations and Strategies" on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. (EST).

It will discuss different models of pathway partnerships and identify key considerations when making assessments and decisions on partnering with program providers. The event will offer a variety of ideas, examples, and resources that can be used to engage campus stakeholders in determining the appropriate strategy suited for the campus context.

I will be co-presenting with Mihaela N. Metianu, Director of international student and scholar services, Florida Atlantic University and Shannon Paul, Adelphi University, Director of international admissions.

As the principal researcher of the NAFSA Commissioned Research - "Landscape of Pathway Partnerships in the United States", I will present the preliminary findings of the Phase-1 focused on definition, typology and institutional…

Presenting at AIEC Melbourne on three megatrends shaping the future of international student mobility

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I have been invited by The Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) to speak on the theme of "connectivity at the heart of international education" with a broad focus on technology, people and partnerships. The conference will take place from October 18-21, 2016 in Melbourne.

I will be speaking on "Three Megatrends Shaping the Future of International Student Mobility" and illustrate the evolution, importance and implications of these megatrends for institutional strategies by addressing following questions:
- What is the impact of demographic and economic shifts regarding diverse needs and expectations of students?
- How is technology impacting the decision-making process and the mobility of international students?
- How are innovative models of institutional partnerships expanding choices for international students?


On average, 1150 attendees from over 400 organisations attend the conference each year with approximately 16 per cent of attendees coming …

Presenting on international student success at NASPA Region II Conference

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NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, with its 15,000 members is the leading professional association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

On June 5-7, NASPA Region II Conference will be held in New York City, at Jone Jay College of Criminal Justice. Over 600 higher education professionals will connect and share with each other new information, innovative ideas, and collaborative projects in advancing support and services to students at diverse colleges and universities.

I’m sure many are looking forward to meeting Dr. Kevin Kruger, NASPA President, and Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, The University of Pennsylvania at the conference.

I will be chairing a session on "Supporting International Student Success" on Monday, June 6.


Here is the abstract: As the number of international students grow on many campuses, student affairs professionals are faci…

NAFSA research on landscape of pathway partnerships with DrEducation

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We at DrEducation are pleased to undertake a commissioned research for NAFSA on an emerging trend of recruiting international students through Pathway partnerships.

[Update: Final research report is available for download from NAFSA website]

The process of considering and implementing pathway partnerships has implications for campus stakeholders in different roles, including recruitment and admissions, academic services, and related support services.

In the first phase, the research analyzed publicly available data of 45 higher education institutions partnering with eight pathway providers. A working definition was developed along with a broad typology of pathway providers. The research examined key characteristics of institutions engaged in pathway relationships.

The next phase of the research will examine the complexity and diversity of decision-making processes related to pathway partnerships by taking a deeper dive into rationales, considerations and experiences of international e…

Webinar on transnational education: Recording of the online discussion with global experts

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A global discussion on "Transnational Education: Growth at the Expense of Quality" hosted by University World News--an online publication focused on global higher education--in partnership with DrEducation received nearly 1,000 registrations from across the international higher education scene.

The panel discussion was led by Rahul Choudaha, PhD, Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation with following experts:

• Nigel Healey, PhD, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Head of College, Nottingham Trent University
• Jason E. Lane, PhD, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Strategic Leadership and Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, State University of New York
• Elizabeth J. Stroble, PhD, President, Webster University
• StĂ©phan Vincent-Lancrin, PhD, Deputy Head of Division and Senior Analyst, OECD

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NAFSA 2016 Denver Conference: A milestone conference

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I will be attending NAFSA annual conference in Denver with my partner and co-founder, Di Hu, an expert in intercultural training and global program management. While I have delivered over 100 presentations at international education conferences, this is a special one for me on both personal and professional fronts.

I had some of the most important life changing experiences during my doctoral education at the University of Denver. Coming from India with engineering and business degrees, I socialized into a very different culture to pursue a PhD in Higher Education. It shaped my passion and commitment for international higher education and also shaped my interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.


- At this conference I have the privilege to introduce Dr. Frank Tuitt, Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Denver. As my dissertation advisor at DU, Dr. Tuitt mentored, guided and prodded me to stay on course and have a fulfilling experience. He will be delivering an i…

Including international students in Graduate Enrollment Management approaches and strategies

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American graduate schools are increasingly dependent on international students for meeting their enrollment goals. It is critical to deepen the understanding of diverse needs and expectations of international students and strengthen collaboration across decentralized institutional silos. Supporting international student success across their education lifecycle must rise on the agenda of institutional priorities.

Here is the link to my Forbes article with Di Hu "Growth in International Graduate Enrollment Calls for Support Across Student Lifecycle"



- Rahul Choudaha

Keynote on trends with regionally mobile 'glocal' students at IUNC Eurasia, Moscow 2016

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IUNC (International Universities Networking Conference) Eurasia conference will take place in Moscow, Russia from May 11-13. It will be bring together international educators and service providers responsible for recruiting international students, building global partnerships and supporting internationalization activities.


I will be delivering a keynote presentation on the overarching theme of global higher education trends and in specific focus on "New Opportunities of Engaging Regionally Mobile 'Glocal' Students."

In my previous articles, I have conceptualized ‘Glocal’ students as an expanding segment of students who seek international education experience/credential while staying in the country or region.

More than 4 million students were enrolled in tertiary education outside their country of citizenship, according to OECD. Nearly 800,000 or every one out of five foreign student in OECD countries come from neighboring countries that share land or maritime borders…

Transnational Education: A University World News webinar in partnership with DrEducation

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University World News will be hosting a free webinar in partnership with DrEducation, LLC on the theme of emerging trends and issues related to the growth and quality of transnational education on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.


[  The webinar recording is available here. ]
Cross-border delivery of higher education is becoming a financial necessity for some institutions and a strategic differentiation for others. Transnational education (TNE) takes many forms ranging from joint-degrees and branch campuses to recent emergence of technology-enabled learning. While TNE has provided new opportunities for global engagement and expansion for many institutions, these models often come with challenges of quality. Is growth of TNE dependent on more flexible standards of quality? Or, are we stifling innovation in TNE by putting too many barriers for experimentation?

• Rahul Choudaha, PhD, (Chair), Principal Researcher & CEO, DrEducation, LLC & interEDGE.org
• Nigel Healey, PhD, Pro-Vice-Chancel…

Keynote at Centennial College on the role of higher education in fostering social entrepreneurship

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Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college. It is also celebrating its 50th anniversary. Centennial is recognized as one of the most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions in Canada. Located in Toronto, it primarily serves the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses.

I am honored to deliver a keynote at the Social Innovation Summit on the role of higher education in empowering social entrepreneurship. Austin et al. (2006) in their article Social and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both? note that "the underlying drive for social entrepreneurship is to create social value, rather than personal and shareholder wealth."

I will be building on World Bank's definition of empowerment as “the process of increasing the capacity of individuals or groups to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.”

Higher Education play a integral role of empowering social entrepreneurs through learning experiences--acade…

Presenting at NAGAP on supporting and engaging international graduate students through the lifecyle

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A recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, "The Selling of the American MBA", noted that "the number of U.S. citizens taking the main business school entrance exam, the GMAT, dropped by a third from the 2010 to 2015 testing years, which run from July 1 to June 30, while the number of foreign nationals taking the test rose almost 19 percent, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council...International candidates accounted for 58 percent of the applicant pool at full-time MBA programs in the U.S. in 2015, according to GMAC."

Roger Martin, former dean of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management notes that "Ramping up international admissions is a temporary fix….And helping foreign graduates land well-paying jobs in the U.S., which is what most of them aspire to, may prove a big headache.” This prime example from B-schools indicates widening gap between expectations and reality of jobs and internships among international students. In addition, t…

New Book-International Higher Education’s Scholar-Practitioners Edited by Bernhard Streitwieser and Anthony C. Ogden

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"International Higher Education's Scholar-Practitioners: Bridging Research and Practice" published by Symposium Books brings to attention the importance of aligning research and practice in international higher education. The book editors are Bernhard Streitwieser and Anthony C. Ogden, two experienced international educators who pulled together leading "scholar-practitioners" from around the world to realize this pertinent publication. Despite their kind invitation to contribute, I missed the opportunity to be part of this book. However, I had the privilege to collaborate with the editors in different capacities. Berhanrd and I co-authored a piece on assessing the impact of internationalization. I also contributed a chapter on the future of global student mobility with Hans De Wit for Bernhard's previous book. Tony and I served together on the Editorial Committee of AIEA. Here are the perspectives from the editors on the context, need and flow of the book. …