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October 27, 2016

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

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 different in this decade as compared to last decade? How will it look like in the next decade?

Chris-Whether we like it or not, successful HE leaders need to exhibit the same instincts as any other CEOs. They need to respond to market dynamics and steer their institutions in volatile circumstances, innovating to create new business opportunities, manage risk, recruit and retain talent. They need strong vision and considerable personal integrity to carry stakeholders with them through increasingly frequent cycles of change.

Rahul- More specifically, what are the top three competencies for a Provost/Chief Academic Officer? How are they likely to evolve in the next decade?

Chris- My top 3 have always been Vision, Integrity and an uncompromising commitment to Quality. These are fundamental characteristics but the successful leader needs to be great reader of people, using the available talent to best effect, to anticipate the market and to have great emotional intelligence.

Rahul- What would be your couple of suggestions (e.g. do's and don'ts) to higher education professionals aspiring to take the Provost's role?

Chris- Recognise your fallibility and your finite bandwidth. Try to define the space where you can play effectively and the outer spaces where it is your team that must deliver. Provide feedback to others in generous measure but ask for it sparingly yourself. Admit your own mistakes candidly and deal with them expediently, learn and move on.

Rahul- How is leading an institution outside your country of origin different (e.g. challenges, operating styles, skillsets or people)?

Chris- It introduces complexities due to culture, communication and context. It makes business more complicated but also more interesting, bringing unpredictable elements and factors outside your personal influence. You will rely on others to bridge you into their world and you must quickly learn to discriminate between those who help you with a pure heart and those who seek personal advantage. You must adapt your own approach to suit the environment but at the same time, hold true to your mission and personal values.

Rahul- How do you draw your inspiration and energy as a leader? What is your leadership motto?

Chris- I have worked with some inspiring leaders in the past and borrowed freely from each - learning as much by observing mistakes as well as witnessing great leadership in action. Leading UNNC is an intensive, exciting responsibility. However, it is important to stay fresh and so personally I need a counterpoint - time with my kids, a climbing trip, playing music with people - all of these things bring peace and happiness. When I came to UNNC I started saying “Being the first is now longer enough, we also have to be the best” - I think that this works for our students as well as for the business  I hope that it sticks for a while.
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October 20, 2016

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

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 MBA students from India is in the range of 3,000-5,000. 

In contrast to India, the majority of Chinese students in Business/Management programs are in bachelor's level degree programs (60%). Higher demand from China for longer duration bachelor's programs (4 years), the total enrollment (stock) of Chinese students is higher than that for Indian students. I would estimate total intake of new MBA students from China would be in the range of 8,000-10,000.

Business/Management programs are still eligible for only one-year of Optional Practical Training as compared to the 36-months for STEM programs. This poses increasing challenges of finding internship and career advancement opportunities for international students

- Rahul Choudaha, PhD
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October 12, 2016

FICCI HES: Opportunities for Global Engagement with Indian Higher Education

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.
building foreign campus and transnational education in India universities and colleges

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October 09, 2016

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

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.

future of internationalization based on global online learning strategies and leadership

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.

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The webinar moderated by Dr. Rahul Choudaha, principal researcher & CEO, DrEducation included following expert panel:
  • GinaMario Besana, Professor and Associate Provost for Global Engagement and Online Learning, DePaul University
  • Helen O'Sullivan, Professor and Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Online Learning, University of Liverpool
  • Kevin Kinser, Professor and Department Head of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University
We welcome feedback and suggestions for future online discussions at info[AT]

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